CALL FOR PAPERS: AML 2016 Conference – “Narrative Art and Mormons in a Global Age”

Dear Associates and Collaborators, past, present, and future,

This is the real, official, at-last, call for papers. Although the conference had a similar theme several years ago, it is a generally inexhaustible one, and taking AML across the ocean is the perfect occasion to revisit it. Please respond with any questions, observations, or suggestions in the comments  below, or to me personally at

I am, of course, rather excited that Terryl and Fiona Givens have agreed to participate and will be giving one of our keynote addresses. Updates on additional speakers and activities, as well as registration information, will be forthcoming.


The Association for Mormon Letters will hold its annual conference in Laie, Hawaii, on the Brigham Young University – Hawaii campus, on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th, 2016. The theme for the 2016 conference is “Narrative Art and Mormons in a Global Age.” Keynote speakers will include Terryl and Fiona Givens.

As always, ALL papers and panels related to Mormon letters and film will be considered, including readings and presentations by authors and artists of original works of fiction, poetry, essay, drama, film, etc.

To mark the first AML conference outside of Utah (and far away from the US mainland), we issue a special call for papers that examine and discuss Mormon-related works and artists that hail from around the world, that deal with the global spread, reception, and transformation of LDS ideas, religion, and culture, and that point to the future of Mormon letters and film in the global age. We particularly welcome papers and panels related to Mormon letters and film in Hawaii, other Pacific Islands, and Asia.

Send your 250-word (or less) abstracts for paper presentations and panels to Joe Plicka, Assistant Professor of English at BYU-Hawaii and current AML president: 



For more information regarding lodging in Laie, click HERE.

All presenters and attendees are eligible for a special conference rate at the Courtyard Marriott in Laie. The hotel is brand new (just opened this summer), directly across the street from the beach, adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center, and a block from the BYU-Hawaii campus where the conference will be held. Conference rates start at $189 per night.

The Honolulu airport offers car rentals, as well as bus and shuttle service to Laie. A special conference shuttle may be available at select times. Details to come.




2 Thoughts on “CALL FOR PAPERS: AML 2016 Conference – “Narrative Art and Mormons in a Global Age”

  1. .

    Is there a due date for proposal submissions?

    • Joe Plicka on October 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm said:

      I left that off on purpose because the answer is yes and no. Yes, I suppose we need a due date to serve as a kind of prodder. And no, because the conference is likely going to be small enough that I’m not worried about a rush of late submissions throwing off our schedule.

      So, I’m thinking something like, February 1st. I’ll add it onto the CFP.

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