The SALT LAKE SUNSTONE SYMPOSIUM is an annual
gathering of Latter-day Saints, scholars, and others interested
in the diversity and richness of Mormon thought and experience
and who enjoy pondering the past, present, and future of
The Sunstone Symposium is based upon the principles of an
open forum; we believe that the community of Saints is best
served by free and frank exploration and discussion.
Sunstone welcomes proposals for this year’s event, expecting
that all participants will approach every issue—no matter how
difficult—with respect, intelligence, and good will.
FORMATS: Sessions may be scholarly papers, panel discussions,
interviews, personal essays, sermons, dramatic performances,
literary readings, debates, comedy routines, short films,
art displays, or musical presentations.
TOPICS. We especially encourage proposals that focus on
this year’s theme, MORMONS AND MORMONISM AS A
POLITICAL FORCE. Think beyond senators, governors, and
candidates for president. Ask: how do Mormons deliberately
try to shape the social fabric that covers us all? How do they
cooperate—among themselves and with others—to achieve
their political goals? What is the political and social result (or
fallout) when Mormons organize, canvass, and vote in order
to make an entire state or country “choose the right” as they
How do Mormons exemplify the feminist adage that “the personal
is political”? In short, how do Mormons exercise, submit
to, challenge, and understand power?
(And can you really be both Republican and a good
We also welcome reflections on other topics and their
intersection with Mormonism, as well as studies of
historical and contemporary events and figures, news in the
Mormon world, online communities, theological explorations,
and Mormon cultural studies.
SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: In order to receive
first-round consideration, proposals should be
received on or before 15 APRIL 2012.
Incomplete or late proposals will be considered on
a time/space-available basis. Sessions will be
accepted according to standards of excellence in
scholarship, thought, and expression.
ALL PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE:
— Session title
— One-hundred word abstract
— Names, brief bios or vitas, and contact
information for all proposed presenters
— A list of any audio/visual equipment needs
(or specify no AV needed)
— A brief summary of the topic's relevance to
— If possible, please include a topic outline or
SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO: Symposium Director
Mary Ellen Robertson
To submit proposals by mail, please send to:
2012 SALT LAkE SyMPOSIUM
343 north Third West
Salt Lake city, Utah 84103-1215
Full details available at the organizer's web site.