Conference Theme: Economies and Humanities
Conference Date: May 18–19, 2012
Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2012
Human beings have material needs. We claim, use, and trade the physical resources of earth and seas. We produce goods and services that we use or, not being self-sufficient, exchange. To the ancient Greeks, the consumer—the “we”—was a household. (The term “economy” derives from the Greek οἴκονομία, meaning management of household labor and material resources.) Today the household remains the unit responsible for consumption decisions, and its internal roles adapt to external demands for members’ labor.
We also have spiritual needs. God’s “economy concerning this earth” (D&C 77:6) has included a “household of faith” (Gal. 6:10) in which members “were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift” (4 Ne. 1:3). God satisfies our spiritual needs as we participate with faith in His economy of salvation.
Poets, philosophers, historians, and artists have reflected upon material and spiritual economies. This conference invites humanities scholars to address the following and related questions:
We encourage LDS scholars in all fields of the humanities, arts, and history to propose papers or complete panels on the theme. Creative submissions on the theme in story, verse, drama, or visual form are also invited. Submit your proposal, including a 200-word abstract, through the on-line form at mormonscholars.net. Submission deadline: February 15, 2012.
The 2012 conference will be held at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia. Discounted on-campus housing is available on May 17–20. See registration form and further details at mormonscholars.net.
To accomplish its mission of supporting LDS scholars, MSH will, in conjunction with the conference, offer individual mentoring on scholarly research and writing for publication. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please post the attached Call for Papers in your department.