Call for Papers: 2022 Joseph Smith Papers Conference
To commemorate the release of volumes 12, 13, and 14 of the Documents series, the Joseph Smith Papers Project will host the sixth annual Joseph Smith Papers Conference on September 9, 2022, in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the event that COVID-19 conditions prevent holding an in-person conference, digital options will be offered. The theme of the conference is “Texts and Contexts in Nauvoo.”
Paper proposals should consist of a brief abstract (no more than 500 words) and a current CV; both should be sent to Jessica M. Nelson (email@example.com) by February 28, 2022. Authors whose proposals are accepted will receive a copy of volumes 12 and 13 of the Documents series, as well as an advance copy of volume 14. Because the purpose of this conference series is to demonstrate how scholars can utilize the Joseph Smith Papers, authors of accepted proposals will be expected to develop their papers primarily from the texts and contexts provided in these volumes and the online resources in the Legal Records and Financial Records series. Some travel funding will be available for graduate students and early career scholars living outside of Utah whose papers are accepted for the conference. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 21, 2022.
See the Joseph Smith Papers website for more information.
Texts featured in volumes 12 through 14 illuminate a number of contexts, including but not limited to . . .
- Church administration in Nauvoo and in church branches
- Overseeing domestic and international missionary work
- Nauvoo’s economy, land distribution, and church finances
- Joseph Smith’s governance of Nauvoo as mayor and member of the city council
- Local, state, and national politics
- Women’s agency and actions in Nauvoo
- Joseph Smith’s private instruction and his public discourses
- Revelations, doctrinal developments, and gospel ordinances, including sealings and plural marriages
- Lived religion and religious practices
- Joseph Smith as judge in the Nauvoo mayor’s court and the municipal court
- Ongoing legal and extralegal challenges from Missouri
- Race, gender, and familial relations in Nauvoo
- Seeking redress from the federal government for Missouri persecutions
- The Council of Fifty and Joseph Smith’s presidential campaign
- Internal dissent and external opposition