Global Mormon Studies 2023 Online Conference

“This Prison… of a Crooked, Broken, Scattered, and Imperfect Language”

June 2-3 2023

Throughout Mormonism’s scriptural canon, individuals struggle with what Joseph Smith lamented was “this prison… of a crooked, broken, scattered, and imperfect language”. Contemporary scholars, too struggle with “imperfect language”, hemmed in by disciplinary boundaries, language barriers in sources and publication outlets, and a mismatch between terms and definitions native to academic study and religious movements. Many diverse voices remain largely absent from global Mormon studies.

Suggest paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultural constraints
  • History of translation
  • Negotiations between ‘human’ and ‘divine’ influences
  • Marginalised voices in global Mormon history

Conference Committee

  • Melissa Inouye, Church History Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Michelle Graabek, department of History & Civilization, European University Institute
  • Matthew Bowman, Mormon Studies program, Claremont Graduate University
  • Spencer Greenhalgh, School of Information Science, University of Kentucky

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should include:

  • Paper Title
  • 250-300 word paper proposal
  • max. 150 word bio of yourself

Please submit to

Important Dates

  • 24th February 2023: Paper submission deadline
  • 15th March 2023: Acceptance notification; conference registration for presenters begins
  • 1st April 2023: Conference registration for presenters ends

In collaboration with:

Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mormon History Association

Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University

Claremont Graduate University