Global Mormon Studies 2020 Conference

Call for Papers

From the Outside Looking In: International Latter-day Saints and Their Neighbours

March 26-27, 2020

Coventry University, England

The experience of becoming/being a Latter-day Saint outside of the continental United States is one that requires constant boundary maintenance to define what it means to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sometimes this process can create a disconnect between a perceived culture being broadcast from America and the culture of the church’s international communities. International Latter-day Saints thus are uniquely positioned to observe the ways in which an “American” culture both helps and hinders the growth of the global church. In a similar vein, those of other faiths also bring a valuable perspective from which they can bring to light aspects of the church which may be difficult for its own members to recognise. In both cases, “outsiders” bring an invaluable diversity of observations that enrich the academic study of the church and help build bridges between different academic, cultural, and faith communities.

The Global Mormon Studies 2020 conference committee seeks papers that examine the ways in which those on the “outside”–both those outside of North America and those outside of Mormon faith traditions–perceive the institutional church and the process that enculturation plays in the church’s development internationally. In what ways has this American-grown religion thrived in international settings? How have the church’s American cultural roots impeded its growth in other countries? How does the church’s globalization compare to the globalization of other religious traditions? What are the similarities and differences in the ways those of other faiths view the church in different countries? What are the ways in which international church members have intentionally adapted or repurposed the church’s more culturally-influenced institutional practices to meet local needs?

This Global Mormon Studies Conference is the ideal setting for scholars of varying disciplines and belief systems to present current research regarding the relationship between Mormon faith traditions and other organisations, whether they be religious, political, or economic. The committee seeks proposals that examine interfaith activities, minority engagement, partnerships, representation and advocacy, and bridge-building.

General Conference Info and Schedule

Registration cost: $25 for graduate student or independent scholar, $50 for others.

Scholarships: If cost is prohibitive to attending the conference as a presenter, there are limited scholarships available to graduate students, and presenters without adequate institutional support. Scholarships will be based upon need.

Schedule:

  • March 26:
    • Conference begins at 9:00am and ends by 5:30pm
    • 7pm Dinner with presenters at a local restaurant
  • March 27:
    • Conference begins at 9:00am and ends by 5:30pm
  • March 28:
    • Optional one day tour of Stratford-upon-Avon

Submissions

Please submit your abstract to gmsconference2020@gmail.com. Abstract submissions should include a preliminary title and be no more than 300 words.

Deadline for submission: 1 October 2019
Notification of acceptance: 22 October 2019
Deadline for final paper submission: 1 March 2020

For all general enquiries, please contact: gmsconference2020@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the Global Mormon Studies conference at Coventry University in March 2020.

Organising Committee

Julie K. Allen, Brigham Young University, Co-Chair
Amy Hoyt, University of the Pacific, Co-Chair
Alison Halford, Coventry University, host
James Perry, British & European Association of Mormon Scholars (BEAMS)
Jacob Rennaker, John A. Widtsoe Foundation

Conference Co-Sponsors

Accommodations

The nearest: the Ibis. It is on Mile Lane, which is right opposite the Elm Bank where the conference is being held. About a five-minute walk from the train station and ten minutes from the main centre of Coventry.

The cheapest: Premier Inn Belgrade Plaza. It is in the city centre and is a fifteen-minute walk to Elm Bank and about a five-minute walk to Coventry Cathedral.

There are also serviced apartments at Belgrade Plaza, which are more expensive but have cooking facilities if you want to stay longer.

Transportation

We recommend that attendees fly into London, England and take a train from Euston station, London to Coventry (which will take between an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the train provider). Travelling by car will take about two hours depending on time. A closer airport (although usually more expensive) is Birmingham International, which is only fifteen minutes from Coventry.