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Posted by kirkcaudle on September 13, 2014

The 2015 Annual Meeting of The Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion will be held at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, March 27-29, 2015.


General Guidelines for Submitting Proposals –  (click on the title to open) 

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE PROGRAM UNIT CHAIR/CO-CHAIRS USING THE “Individual Proposal Participant Form for Submissions 2015(click on the title to open)


Description of the goals and rationale

-This special topic of Mormon Studies promotes the exploration of a wide range of topics relating to Mormonism. This section seeks to provide scholarly inquiry into Mormon history, culture, belief and practice, theology, scripture, and the role of Mormonism in contemporary politics. This section encourages the study of Mormonism from multiple disciplines and methodologies. This section will better equip those in the academy to teach on the subject of Mormonism and actively promotes opportunities for interfaith dialogue.


Kirk Caudle (Independent Scholar, mixlom@msn.com) and Susanna Morrill (Lewis & Clark College; smorrill@lclark.edu) (third term; 2012-2015)

Call for Papers

-Papers are welcome in any area of Mormon Studies. We encourage papers from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives and especially invite proposals on the following themes:

1) Papers that consider the history and culture of Mormonism, especially those that discuss the social and religious impact of women and minorities.Papers that contribute to a joint discussion with Women and Religion secion are especially encouraged this year.

2) Papers on the development of Mormon beliefs and practices, scripture, ethics, and theology.

3) Papers related to interfaith dialogue between Mormonism and other Christian (and non-Christian) faith traditions.

4) Papers related to Mormonism and contemporary politics.

5) Papers that consider the place of Mormon Studies within the academic study of religion.

6) Papers that place Mormonism within the larger context of North American culture and religions. Papers that contribute to a joint discussion with the North American Religions sections are especially encouraged this year.

We are also attaching a CFP for the following Joint Session involving though who teaching within Mormon Studies:

Conflicting Truth Claims in the Classroom: Navigating the Impasse Between Cultural Memory and Historiographic Method and Sources


For far too many students “the past” is little more than continuity cultivated through careful selection and romantic memorializing of select events. This continuity becomes a truth claim that conflicts in the classroom with the truth claims of primary sources and academic methodology. Each professor of religion is called to help students navigate and resolve this conflict.

This joint session will bring together teacher-scholars from different units in the PNW AAR/SBL region to discuss common teaching challenges. The purpose of this session is to generate cross-disciplinary conversation on this topic. We are inviting higher-education professionals who teach at the undergraduate level to reflect on the intersection of their disciplinary expertise and teaching experiences and submit a paper proposal (500-700 words).

Participants will be asked to address in depth at least two of the following questions:

1) What are the challenges of teaching religion in light of multiple challenges posed by the cultural memory attached to the history and the texts?

2) What are some strategies for teaching religion in light of the diversity of the cultural memory of undergraduate students in North America, cultural memory that is shaped by—but not limited to—diversity of first language, educational, economic and ethnic backgrounds?

3) What are some helpful strategies in addressing and/or resolving the conflicts between competing truth claims (i.e. those stemming from cultural memory versus those stemming from by primary sources and academic methodology)?

4) What are some challenges of teaching religion in light of the multiple dimensions of cultural memory to a generation of students whose educational narratives have been largely shaped in North American by the advances of the digital age? Further, what are some strategies for teaching in this context?


  1. Please submit your proposals for Option 2 directly to both of the co-directors:

Antonios Finitsis (finitsak@plu.edu) and Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen (ihssenbl@plu.edu)

  1. Please keep in mind that you will have twenty minutes for your presentation.
  2. There is a possibility of a travel/lodging stipend for your presentation. Details on funding will be available in late October. Please check the regional website for updates on funding.

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