The Mormon Studies steering committee has issued the following Call for Papers for the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago (November 1-3):
Proposals are solicited on the following topics: 1) Mormonism, politics, and the media. What has Mitt Romneyâ€™s presidential candidacy demonstrated about religious pluralism and the public sphere and about media coverage of religion generally? What has been the Mormon reaction, both institutional and individual, to the heightened media attention surrounding the campaign?; 2) The past 30 yearsâ€™ experience worldwide of Latter-day Saints of African ancestry. 2008 marks the 30th anniversary of the official establishment of the Mormon Church in sub-Saharan Africa and its rescission of restrictions placed upon church members of African ancestry; 3) Analysis of the “Mormon” Jesus using various lenses from formal theology to popular culture; and 4) Global Mormonism(s), with particular interest in Latin America.
Proposals must be submitted no later than February 25, 2008 through the AARâ€™s Online Paper/Panel Proposal System (known as OP3), which is accessible on the AARâ€™s main web page. Your proposal will receive a blind review by the full Mormon Studies steering committee and you will be notified of their decision by the first of April.