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EMSA Conference 2011


The European Mormon Studies Association
Annual Conference

Durham University, England

4–5 August 2011

Keynote speaker: Prof. Walter E.A. van Beek
Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Invited plenary speaker: Prof. Robert Hayward
Durham University, England

Call for Papers
“Mormonism and Ritual”

Partial financial support provided by the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding, Brigham Young University.

Mormonism is traditionally thought of as low church,” having informal church services and modes of prayer. On the other hand, Mormonism is replete with ritual when it comes to temple service and other priesthood functions. This duality and breadth provides rich opportunities for probing the relationship between Mormonism and ritual in multiple scholarly domains.

Papers are invited on topics including but not limited to: What significance does ritual play in Mormon life? How does Mormonism compare to other Christian and non-Christian faith traditions in terms of ritual? How is Mormon theology manifested in the faith’s ritual? How has the place of ritual in Mormonism varied historically?

Those wishing to present a paper at the conference are requested to send a 200-word abstract to by 1 May 2011. If accepted, a notification will be given by 15 May 2011. It is expected that final papers will be approximately 3,000–3,500 words, being delivered in a time of 20–25 minutes each. A question and answer period will be available following each paper.

Meals and a block of rooms for accommodation are available at St Chad’s College, Durham University. Please make a reservation directly to St. Chad’s by 15 July at the latest using the university’s form.

Please register for the conference directly by leaving your name and affiliation in the comments box below or send an email to A conference fee of £10 will be charged at the venue.


Dr. Kim Östman
Conference Coordinator / 2011, European Mormon Studies Association

One Comment leave one →
  1. lara2004John Deacon permalink
    22/06/2011 15:10

    I wish to attend as a delegate. John Deacon.

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