What Is Mormon Studies?

There is what looks to me like a terrific conference coming up at CGU April 23 and 24. Below I’ve attempted to paste in the information from the program. (One with eyes to see will note a lot of bloggers on this program!) Those of you able to should definitely check it out (notes will be appreciated).

Claremont Mormon Studies Student Association Spring 2010 Conference
What Is Mormon Studies? Transdisciplinary Inquiries into an Emerging Field

Conference Program All sessions will be held in Albrecht Auditorium, Stauffer Hall at Claremont Graduate University

Dartmouth Ave. & Tenth Ave., Claremont, California

Friday, April 23

7:00 p.m. keynote address

Jan Shipps, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

Saturday, April 24
9:00 am morning session

Critical Approaches to Mormon Studies

Loyd Ericson
“Where is the Mormon in Mormon Studies? Subject, Method, Object”

Cheryl L. Bruno
“Mormon History from the Kitchen Window: White is the Field in Essentialist Feminism”

Blair Van Dyke
“How Wide the Divide? The Absence of Conversation between Mormon Studies and Mormon Mainstream”

Christopher C. Smith
“What Hath Oxford to do with Salt Lake?”

1:00 pm afternoon session

Challenges Facing Mormon Studies

Adam S. Miller
“A Manifesto for Mormon Theology”

Jacob Rennaker
“Through a Glass, Darkly? Biblical Studies, Mormon Studies, Parallels, and Problems”

Greg Kofford
“Publishing Mormon Studies: Inside Looking Out”

4:00 pm evening session Scholar Panel

Brian Birch, Utah Valley University

J. Spencer Fluhman, Brigham Young University

Armand L. Mauss, Claremont Graduate University

6:30 pm concluding remarks

Richard Bushman, Claremont Graduate University

If you have questions, contact:

Jacob T. Baker
Doctoral Student, Philosophy of Religion and Theology
School of Religion
Claremont Graduate University
(574) 612-7138


  1. I want to be there . . . boo hoo.

  2. CGU is Crazy Go Nuts University, right?

  3. Wow, quite the line up. BiV keeps pretty good company these days.

  4. Mark D. says:

    What Is Mormon Studies?

    Could any question be more quizzically Platonic? I mean, does the question really have a meaningful answer? One that won’t be obsolete six months from now?

  5. Aaron R. says:

    I think looks like an excellent programme. I once spoke to BiV on skype. I wonder if I count as ‘good company’.

  6. This looks terrific. But why are there so few women on the program (and none in the wrap-up)? What does that tell us about the state of the field, if anything?

  7. LMK, The shallow answer to your first question is that we received very few submission from women. The deeper answer is perhaps tied to your second question. I believe Cheryl Bruno will be addressing this very thing in her paper.

  8. Elouise says:

    I’d bet all my Easter-basket chocolate that the planning committee tried to get Kathleen Flake (The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle) for this event. She may well have had scheduling conflicts.

  9. Kristine says:

    Elouise–well, yes. But really, can you imagine a conference about ANYTHING with the word “Mormon” anywhere on the program for which one wouldn’t move heaven and earth to get Kathleen? :)

  10. Kristine says:

    narrator, I have the same problem with every. single. issue of Dialogue. It isn’t for lack of trying, LMK.

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