Global Mormon Studies 2022 Conference

Call for Papers, submissions due by October 1, 2021

No One Exists in Isolation: International Latter-day Saints and Their Neighbors

March 21-24 2022

Coventry University, England

This conference is a reboot of the original conference scheduled for 2020. All previously accepted presenters were given the option of having their paper automatically included in this conference, so this updated call is just for new submissions.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has illuminated how profoundly each of us is affected by the people around us. While each person has the right and responsibility to make individual choices, they are also always responding to their neighbours’ choices and decisions as they do so. Such negotiations are not limited to public health crises but are an integral part of many social interactions that hinge on questions of political, ethnic, and religious identity. This recognition prompted the conference committee to alter the conference theme somewhat from “On the Outside Looking In” to “No One Exists in Isolation,” in order to foreground these kinds of negotiations.

The Global Mormon Studies 2022 conference committee thus invites papers and presentations that examine how interactions between international Latter-day Saints and their neighbours shape both the lived experience of being a member of the Church and the church’s development internationally. Being a Latter-day Saint outside the continental United States can create a disconnect between the culture of a local community and the perception of church culture as fundamentally American. International Latter-day Saints are uniquely positioned to observe the ways in which an “American” culture both helps and hinders the growth of the global church, while also bringing new perspectives on familiar issues, such as marriage, family structure, gender roles, and sexuality. In a similar vein, those of other faiths also bring a valuable perspective from which they can bring to light aspects of church culture which may be difficult for its own members to recognise.

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 scholarly proposals that examine interfaith activities, minority engagement, partnerships, representation and advocacy, and bridge-building. You can submit individual paper proposals or apply to be part of one of our two roundtable discussions on “Conversion and Trauma” and “The Fluidity of Gender Norms” (for the latter, indicate which roundtable on your proposal).

NOTE: We are planning on an in-person conference but will proceed with a hybrid or online format should it become necessary.

Organising Committee

Julie K. Allen, Brigham Young University, Co-Chair
Amy Hoyt, University of the Pacific, Co-Chair
Alison Halford, Coventry University, host

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Please submit your abstract to gmsconference2020@gmail.com.

Submissions for individual papers: abstract of no more than 300 words, plus a preliminary title, a brief presenter bio, and three relevant keywords.

Roundtable applications: brief presenter bio, description of relevant experience, 150-word description of your approach to the topic.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 1 October 2021
Notification of acceptance: 31 October 2021
Registration opens: 1 January 2022
Deadline for final paper submission: 1 March 2022

For questions regarding the conference location, please contact Alison Halford at ad4480@coventry.ac.uk.

For all general enquiries, please contact: mailto:amykhoyt@gmail.com or mailto:julie_allen@byu.edu

General Conference Info and Schedule

Registration cost: $50 for presenters and regular attendees, $25 for graduate student/independent scholar presenters.

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:

  • Monday, March 21
    • Conference begins at 7pm with a keynote address, followed by a welcome reception.
  • Tuesday, March 22
    • Conference runs from 9am to 5:30pm, followed by a dinner for presenters at a local restaurant.
  • Wednesday, March 23
    • Conference runs from 9am to 5:30pm, followed by a closing reception.
  • Thursday, March 24
    • Optional excursion to the Cotswolds.

Transportation Info

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.

Accommodations

The nearest: the Ibis Conventry Centre, located on Mile Lane, about a five minute walk from the train station and ten minutes from the main centre of Coventry.

The cheapest: Premier Inn Belgrade Plaza in the city centre, a fifteen-minute walk to the university 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.