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Preliminary Programme


We are pleased to announce the preliminary program for the EMSA conference to be held at Durham University, England, on 4-5 August 2011. Click here for information on travel, accommodation, and the papers to be given.

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Thursday, 4 August

10:00 – 11:00 Invited Session

Prof. Robert Hayward, Durham University, England
The Name “Israel” and the Prayer of Joseph

11:15 – 12:15 LDS History in Durham

Ronald E. Bartholomew, Brigham Young University, USA
Fred E. Woods, Brigham Young University, USA
Origins and Development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in County Durham,

12:15 – 14:00 Lunch (included in meal package)

14:00 – 16:00 Historical Viewpoints

Steve Carter, Henderson State University, USA
Practicing an American Religion in the Third Reich: The Case of the Mormon Church

Michael W. Homer, Utah State Historical Society, USA
The LDS Thesis Concerning the Relationship between Mormon and Masonic Rituals

Dan Belnap, Brigham Young University, USA
“And Those Who Receive You Not”: Ritual (Dis)continuity in the Rite of the Dusting of Feet

Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, University of Michigan, USA
Strange Spiritual Operations and the Contest over Ritual in Early Mormonism

16:15 – 17:15 Keynote Session

Prof. Walter E.A. van Beek, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Awkward Symbols: Mormonism and its Rituals

Evening program Conference dinner (included in meal package)

Friday, 5 August

10:00 – 12:00 Doctrinal Viewpoints

Christian Euvrard, LDS Church Educational System, France
The Doctrine of Baptism for the Dead According to 1 Corinthians 15:29 and 1 Peter 3:18-22 and 1
Peter 4:6 in Contrast with the Interpretation of Mainstream Christian Theology

Adam Powell, Durham University, England
The Species Debate: God and Humanity in Irenaeus and the Latter-day Saints

Aaron Reeves, University of Essex, England
Embodied Authority: Priesthood Ordination and the Laws of the Mortal Body

James D. Holt, University of Chester, England
The Holy Ghost in LDS Ritual Experience: Preparation for Exaltation

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch (included in meal package)

14:00 – 15:30 From Ancient to Modern Times

Douglas J. Davies, Durham University, England
Emotions, Ritual Practice and Spirituality-Creation

Ingrid Sherlock-Taselaar, SOAS, University of London, England
Mormonism and Ritual: Examples of the Survival of a Doctrine and the Demise of the Attendant

Ronan James Head, Brigham Young University, USA/England
Feasts and Feasting: From Ancient Egypt to the Ward Party

15:30 Closing of the Conference

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  1. Adam Powell permalink
    18/06/2011 13:07

    Adam Powell – Durham University

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