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MHA 2012: Call for Papers / Deadline Extension

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 08, 2011

Call for Papers

2012 Mormon History Association Conference

MacEwan Conference and Events Centre
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

June 28 – July 1, 2012
(one month later than usual)


Deadline for Proposals: November 1, 2012

Proposals should be sent by email to:

(Hard copies can be sent to
Richard Bennett
370D Joseph Smith Building
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602)

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made by December 31, 2011.

Additional instructions and information are available on the MHA website


The year 2012 marks the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the first Mormon settlement on Lee’s Creek (later Cardston) in southern Alberta by Charles Ora Card. Furthermore, July 1, 2012 will mark the 145th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Originally established in 1875 as Fort Calgary by the Northwest Mounted Police, Calgary has become a thriving metropolitan center to many of Canada’s most successful oil, gas and transportation businesses. So come celebrate with us!

Building upon last year’s theme of global transformations, we intend to capitalize on Calgary’s dynamic setting to invite papers that interpret the Restoration Movement in fresh, new ways. Canada is a richly diverse and cosmopolitan nation and as such beckons the immigration of new viewpoints on Mormon history. International studies of the Mormon experience and comparative studies with other faiths and their environments are encouraged; we also invite research that considers changing perspectives. For instance, how have media and the new era of electronic digitalization influenced the print culture of Mormon history and historical research? What influence has internationalization had on church structures and local memberships as well as interpreting our histories? To what extent has U.S. politics defined the internal understanding of Mormonism? How might various disciplinary lenses such as lived religion, theology, praxis, gender, race and ethnicity shape and reshape our understanding of the Mormon past? Beyond the standard North American perspective, how have local cultures, challenging economics, and national politics affected our interpretations?

The intersection of Canadian and Mormon history also begs scholarly inquiry. For example, how did the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881 impact Mormon migration to Alberta? What unique legal and social challenges did Mormon polygamy encounter in Canada? How does the current debate in the Supreme Court of Canada over plural marriage challenge historical interpretations? How have the Restoration Movements developed in Canada? What of the challenges of secularization?

While we encourage presentations related to the conference theme, we also welcome high-quality proposals related to any and all aspects of Mormon/Restoration history. As a Program Committee we invite proposals for panels as well as individual papers. Innovative formats will also be considered. Please send an abstract of each paper (no more than 300 words) plus a short CV (no longer than two pages) as well as suggestions for session chairs and respondents. Previously published papers will not be considered. Young scholars are especially encouraged to participate. Generous donors have offered to pay travel expenses for some undergraduate and graduate students whose proposals are accepted. Student proposals should include estimated expenses if applying for a travel grant.



  1. Oh, boy. I am excited now! Is there a theology section of some sort?

    Comment by Chris H. — October 8, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  2. Ardis, ya going?

    Comment by Chris H. — October 8, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  3. Chris, I hope so. It’s too early to know for sure, though — MHA is prohibitively expensive for those of us without institutional support.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 8, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  4. As for a theology section, there often are a few papers that deal with the development of this or that idea or practice. MHA generally tries to keep the focus narrowly on history rather than on Mormon studies in general, so any theological paper will have a heavy historical bent.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 8, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

  5. Not to mention Calgary is one of the most expensive cities in Canada, it is the like the Utah of the North

    Comment by Cameron — October 9, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  6. MHA is arranging for cost-cutting possibilities at Calgary like relatively nice dormitory apartments for students or families, like the university cafeteria and food court nearby, and modest travel grants available on a limited basis to students who present papers. Please notice in the Call for Papers the possibilities mentioned for papers from other disciplines than history. As Ardis suggests, the program committee generally prefers papers that relate to history in some way. I didn’t think our intention has been to focus as tightly on history as she suggests

    Comment by Richard Jensen — October 9, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  7. I think that I will need to pass on MHA this year. I hope that it is a blast.

    Comment by Chris H. — October 13, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

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