Mormon Studies Conference

UVU's Religious Studies Program has been sponsoring its annual Mormon Studies conference since March, 2001. These conferences bring together scholars, practitioners, and other presenters to explore a variety of topics and themes in Mormon culture, theology, history, literature, etc. 

March 30-31, 2017

Multicultural Mormonism 
Religious Cohesion in a New Era of Diversity

Like the early Christians, Mormons are admonished to “go into all the world to preach the gospel.” This requires the American-born religion to “translate” its faith and practices into many different cultural contexts. This has led to debates about how to distinguish between core doctrines and rituals and the cultural particularities of Utah-based Mormon culture. To what extent is it possible for multiple cultures to work with authenticity in a single religious community? How can these cultures thrive within a common “Gospel Culture” and maintain their unique identities, languages, and customs? To what extent are they vulnerable to cultural assimilation, alienation, and spiritual and religious colonization? This conference will explore multicultural and intercultural interactions within Mormonism, focusing on issues surrounding ethnicity, race, and class, and look toward the future of Mormonism as a global religion. 

Previous Conferences:

  • Mormonism and the Art of Boundary Maintenance (April 12-13, 2016) - program

  • Mormons & Catholics: From the Margins to the Mainstream (April 13, 2015) - program

  • Mormonism and the Asian Traditions: Buddhism (April 15, 2014) - program

  • The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts (April 4-5, 2013) - program

  • Mormonism and the Internet: Negotiating Religious Community and Identity in the Virtual World (March 29-30, 2012) - program

  • Mormonism and Islam (March 10-11, 2011) - program

  • Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education (November 5-6, 2009) - program

  • Mormonism in the Public Mind: Perspectives on an Emerging World Religion (April 2-3, 2009) - program

  • Restoration Christianity: Commonality and Divergence in Latter-day Saint Movements (April 1, 2008)

  • Mormonism and the Environment (April 4, 2007)

  • Mormonism and the Christian Tradition (March 30 - April 1, 2006)

  • Mormonism and Social Justice (March 2-4, 2005)

  • Mormon Theology Conference (co-sponsored with SMPT), (March 19-20, 2004)

  • Perspectives on Mormon Culture (March 19-20, 2004)

  • Passing the Portals: Mormon Literature in the 21st Century (co-sponsored with AML) (February 21-22, 2003)

  • Mormon Philosophy Conference (March 25, 2002)

  • Conference on the Study of Mormon Culture (March 21, 2001)