Mormonism: Demystified, Globalized, Decolonized?
Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers
Mormonism made strong inroads in indigenous communities in North America, South America, and the South Pacific in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Today institutional Mormonism is administered to these global contexts from Salt Lake City in a centralized fashion, reflecting the values of its North American institutional center. Professor Joanna Brooks follows a new generation of Mormon indigenous writers and scholars who question what Mormonism has meant to their communities and the struggles, tensions, costs, and dislocations that the introduction of the religion into global indigenous communities has produced.