Tuesday, August 9, 2011

THE CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE GOLD PLATES (Seminar's Preliminary Program--Pass the invite along!)

The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and the Mormon Scholars Foundation

Invite you to the Annual Summer Symposium on Mormon Culture

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Room B037 Joseph F. Smith Building
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The program will feature the following papers:

Morning Session:

Stephen Taysom, “Worlds of Discourse, Plates of Gold: Joseph Smith’s Plates as Cultural Catalysts”

Ben Bascom, “Guard the Gold: Didactic Fiction and the Mainstreaming of Moroni”

Jared Halverson, “Fictionalizing Faith: Popular Polemics and the Golden Plates”

Julie Fredericks, “Artistic Depictions of the Gold Plates and the Material Cultural Inheritance"

Tyler Gardner, “Possessing the Plates: The Presence and Absence of the Gold Plates”

Rachael Givens, “’Wagonloads’: The Disappearance of the Book of Mormon's Sealed Portion”

Afternoon Session:

Sarah Reed, “Fantasy, Fraud and Freud: The Uncanny Gold Plates in 19th Century Newspaper Accounts”

Elizabeth Mott, “The Forbidden Gaze: The Veiling of the Gold Plates and Joseph Smith’s Redefintion of Sacred Space”

Michael Reed, “The Notion of Ancient Metal Records in Joseph Smith’s Day”

Caroline Sorensen, “The Metallurgical Plausibility of the Gold Plates”

Christopher Smith, “Rediscovering Joseph Smith’s ‘Discovery Narrative’ in Southern Utah”

Rachel Gostenhofer, "In Consequence of Their Wickedness: The Decline and Fall of Mormon Seership, 1838-1900"


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  2. Wish I could be there. I hope there is a way to read or hear the presentations.

    (edited for typo)

  3. Hi Mike,

    I am fan of your blog, Mormon Cultural Cafeteria. I see you haven't posted for some time. But I ran across this article which I found very interesting, and thought you might find it interesting too. It seems to me a good compliment to your article, on Joseph Smith's cane, which I also found very interesting.

    The other article takes a candid look at indications that Joseph Smith made a use of herbal entheogens to induce visions and 'spiritual experiences' for himself and his followers. Very interestingly, he may have been initiated into this by his father, possibly indicating a family tradition.

    Have you written anything on this before ?