August 30, 2019

Panel: “Mormonism and Empire”

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Thursday, October 3, 2019  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Albrecht Auditorium
Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Over the past decade or two, the notion of “empire” has emerged as a lens historians and other scholars have used to examine religious, political, social, and economic history. Both imperial societies and colonized societies, those that have sought to colonize and those that have been colonized, have been affected by the processes of empire. This panel will discuss the concept of “empire,” debating its meanings and uses. It will also address the ways in which the study of empire might affect what we understand Mormonism to be, and how empire has influenced its development.


Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, Montana State University, author of Imperial Zions: Mormons, Polygamy and the Politics of Domesticity in the Nineteenth Century (Nebraska, forthcoming)

Amy Hoyt, Claremont Graduate University, co-editor of the Routlege Handbook of Mormonism and Gender and author of “Mormon Studies in Africa: The State of the Field,” Mormon Studies Review (January 2019)

Farina King, Northeastern State University, author of The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century (Kansas, 2018)

Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Washington University in St. Louis, editor of Proclamation to the People: Nineteenth Century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin Frontier (Utah, 2008) and author of Setting down the Sacred Past: African American Race Histories (Harvard, 2010)

This event is free and open to the public.