Mormon studies

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Mormon studies is the interdisciplinary academic study of the beliefs, practices, history and culture of those known by the term Mormon and denominations belonging to the Latter Day Saint movement whose members do not generally go by the term "Mormon". The Latter Day Saint movement includes not only The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) but also the Community of Christ (CoC) and other groups, as well as those falling under the umbrella of Fundamentalist Mormonism.

Selected sub-disciplines[edit]

Apologetics and counter-apologetics[edit]

Those scholars whose work more-so typify the field, stand apart from taking positions for or against faith claims. Even if they analyze Latter Day Saint beliefs or theology from a personal standpoint of Mormon-belief, of another religious belief, or of no religious beliefs at all, they couch their views in terms of encouraging cross-faiths and Mormon–"secular" understanding. Nonetheless, some scholars' studies of Mormonism are primarily apologetic, either pro- or counter- LDS faith claims.

Since 2012 the principal academic journal of LDS apologetics has been Interpreter journal; prior to 2012 it had been FARMS Review.[1] Counter - LDS apologetics of a particular faith community are classed with that communities' apologetics; scholarly criticisms of a more secular nature – at least those not veering into anti-Mormonism – nonetheless are often classed as Mormon studies.

International Mormon studies[edit]

Mormon studies is predominantly historical and a branch of American studies—yet, because of growth trends, more than half of the movement's adherents live outside the U.S., making it a subset of Latin American studies, Pacific studies, Canadian studies, and European studies, as well. In addition to general historians, scholars with expertise in such fields as social anthropology and women's studies contribute or concentrate in Mormon studies as well. Mormon studies academics often present their researches not only at standard academic forums but at more broadly popular gatherings—whether devotional, socially activist, or of some other nature. Likewise, some who are not trained academically in history or another social science, conduct and present Mormon-studies research of note.

Also there are 19th-century converts to Mormonism from outside the U.S. who did not emigrate to the gathering place of the Mormon corridor. (A 2010 work, Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia, terms this group the Ungathered.)

The primary journals for international Mormon studies are Dialogue journal[2] and, since 2008, the IJMS.

Awards[edit]

Numerous awards for writing or service in the field of Mormon studies are presented annually by scholarly societies. The Mormon History Association (MHA) and the John Whitmer Historical Association (JWHA) each present annual awards for various categories within Mormon history, such as books, biographies, documentary history, journal articles, and lifetime achievement.[3][4] The MHA also gives awards for theses and student papers.[3] The Utah State Historical Society (USHS), which frequently engages Mormon history, also presents awards for books, articles, and student papers.[5] Literary awards are presented by the Association for Mormon Letters, which may include categories applicable to Mormon studies such as biography, criticism, and special awards. Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought honors the best contributions to its journal[6] and Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture awards the best article submitted by a woman.[7]

Universities also present awards. The University of Utah gives the Juanita Brooks Prize in Mormon Studies.[8][9] Utah State University's Evans Biography Awards focus on biographies significant to "Mormon Country".[10] Student writing competitions are held by Utah State University,[11] the MHA,[3] and the JWHA.[12] In addition, the University of Utah offers a Mormon Studies Fellowship.[13]

Academic programs[edit]

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Denominationally affiliated[edit]

Other institutions[edit]

Print resources[edit]

Multi-volume document compilations[edit]

Brief reference works[edit]

Journals[edit]

Publishers[edit]

Selected list of past scholars[edit]

Individuals from a variety of cultural or philosophical standpoints produced prolific Mormon-themed research, scholarship, or their popularization, in an era now past. Then, beginning in the decade of the 2000s, Mormon studies finally came into its own as an independent field of study when the sub-discipline became featured by then at a few academic institutions in the Western United States.

Some of the individuals with recognized expertise in the field are listed below. In consideration of space, members of Latter Day Saint movement denominations' overall leadership are not included. (Dallin H. Oaks is listed for work he published prior his becoming a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve.)

19th-century compilers of Mormon histories or essays[edit]

Opening "modern," 20th-century field[edit]

Selected list of current scholars[edit]

Of preeminence[edit]

By interdisciplines[edit]

International Mormonism[edit]

English professors, successful local or national authors, journalists[edit]

Trained historians[edit]

Specialists in women's studies[edit]

Other specialists[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson, Daniel C. (December 14, 2012), "The Role of Apologetics in Mormon Studies", Mormoninterpreter.com, retrieved 2013-09-04  — Note: this is a reprint of Peterson's August 2012 FAIR speech "Of 'Mormon Studies' and Apologetics".
  2. ^ Mauss, Armand L. (2007), Blasi, Anthony J., ed., "The Emergence of Mormon Studies in the Social Sciences", American Sociology of Religion: Histories (Brill Publishers) 13: 121–150 
  3. ^ a b c "MHA Awards". mormonhistoryassociation.org. Mormon History Association. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Awards". jwha.info. John Whitmer Historical Association. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  5. ^ "NEWS: Utah State History Announces 2013 Annual Awards". Utah Cultural Alliance: Unifying Utah's Cultural Community. September 17, 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  6. ^ "Dialogue’s Best of 2011 Awards". dialoguejournal.com. Dialgoue Foundation. June 1, 2012. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  7. ^ "The Ruth M. Stephens Article Prize". mormoninterpreter.com. Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  8. ^ Brian Passey (November 22, 2014). "New book collects Juanita Brooks Lectures". The Spectrum. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Juanita Brooks Prize in Mormon Studies". The University of Utah Press. J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  10. ^ "Evans Biography Awards". Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. Utah State University. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  11. ^ "Arrington Writing Awards Open to Utah College Students". Utah State Today. Utah State University. September 11, 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  12. ^ "Scholarships". jwha.info. John Whitmer Historical Association. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  13. ^ "Humanities Fellowships: Mormon Studies Fellowship". Tanner Humanities Center. College of Humanities, University of Utah. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  14. ^ Brutsch, Rachel (February 15, 2012), California graduate university takes academic approach to Mormonism, Deseret News 
  15. ^ "Mormon Studies Initiative - Keeping Our Shoulder to the Wheel". Tanner Humanities Center. The University of Utah. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  16. ^ Tyler Olsen (September 30, 2014). "Religion Studies Program Helps Students Gain Understanding". The Daily Utah Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  17. ^ Benjamin Wood (August 14, 2013). "University of Utah to offer course in literary qualities of Book of Mormon". Deseret News. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  18. ^ Peggy Fletcher Stack (October 15, 2012), "U. of Virginia’s Bushman honor gives Mormon studies another boost", The Salt Lake Tribune, Following Faith, retrieved 2013-10-30 
  19. ^ Jensen, Emily W. (October 28, 2009). "Today in the Bloggernacle: a fun, creative Halloween". Mormon Times. 
  20. ^ Gary James Bergera (Spring 2003). ""The Commencement of Great Things": The Origins, Scope, and Achievement of the Journal History of the Church". Mormon Historical Studies 4 (1): 23. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  21. ^ "Cowboy Apostle". Signature Books. September 2009. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  22. ^ Gerrit van Dyk. "Advanced Research". Mormon Studies. Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  23. ^ Jonathan Stapley (June 6, 2006). "Digital Mormon Studies". By Common Consent. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  24. ^ Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. "Fairleigh Dickinson University Press". Fdupress.org. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  25. ^ "Biography". Skousen2000.com. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  26. ^ Israelsen-Hartley, Sara (December 5, 2009). "BYU professors: Glenn Beck doesn't speak for all Mormons". Deseret News. 
  27. ^ "Biography". Leonard J. Arrington Papers. Utah State University Libraries. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  28. ^ "2002 Lifetime Achievement Award". John Whitmer Historical Association. 2002. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 

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