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This November, we’re excited to be releasing the first two books in our Introductions to Mormon Thought series edited by Matthew Bowman and Joseph Spencer. In the post below, they give you a sneak peak at the first books and preview what’s to come.


Over the past thirty years, Mormon studies has experienced a renaissance. The field has moved beyond traditional institutional history and begun to develop new ways of telling the story of the Mormon tradition. The explosion of new scholarship has made possible what this series, Introductions to Mormon Thought, has to offer: focused investigation – presented in an accessible, digestible way – of how important figures of all sorts have shaped how Mormons understand themselves. The books are brief, and intended for both a scholarly and a lay audience.    

The series draws from throughout Mormon history – moving right up into the present – and highlights a wider variety of intellectual contributions than scholarship often envisions: activists and artists as well as ecclesiastical leaders, figures from the nineteenth century as well as the twentieth, faithful and ex-Mormons, white Mormons and Mormons of color. We as editors are interested, ultimately, in how Mormons have made themselves, how they have imagined what it means to be part of the Mormon tradition, and how they have used a wide variety of tools—from formal theology through arts and letters to ecclesiastical reform—to advance their visions.    

We currently have nearly a dozen volumes under contract, and we are pleased to announce the imminent publication of the first two: Eugene England: A Mormon Liberal, by Kristine Haglund, and Vardis Fisher: A Mormon Novelist, by Michael Austin. These two volumes model the range the series will eventually encompass. England is among the first rank of Mormon intellectuals in the twentieth century; a scholar of literature, an essayist, and among the chief advocates of a theologically liberal Mormonism interested in pluralism, aesthetics, and a powerfully optimistic vision of human nature. He lived most of his life near the Utah center of Mormon power. Fisher, on the other hand, was on the Mormon periphery, both personally and geographically; he lived in rural Idaho and after his youthful involvement in the Church did not consider himself an active member. Yet he wrote unceasingly about Mormonism and grappled his entire life with its legacy of community and Western colonialism.     

The ground stretching between these two figures is populated with individuals that future volumes will examine. Those for whom we have volumes under contract include: Minerva Teichert, among the most prominent Mormon visual artists whose paintings of religious subjects have become standard in Church buildings and publications; Sonia Johnson, the feminist activist and iconoclast whose opposition to the Church’s position on the Equal Rights Amendment led to her excommunication; Lowell Bennion, the humanitarian and teacher whose work in social reform made him among the most beloved Mormons of the twentieth century; and W.W. Phelps, the nineteenth-century polymath and journalist who served as Joseph Smith’s ghostwriter. The series takes an expansive view both terms “Mormon” and “thought”; we are excited to see how it may serve both as a summation of current scholarship and a doorway to future assessments of the history of Mormonism. 

Matthew Bowman and Joseph Spencer

Stay tuned for more books in the series and make sure to check out our other Mormon studies books and journals!

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 2021 Mormon History Association! Step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, journal articles, author and staff interviews, and more. Use promo code MHA21 on our website for 50% off all of our Mormon studies books June 10-13, 2021. Buy three books and receive a free copy of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies (Fall 2021)!

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All of our journals accept submissions on an ongoing basis. For more information about submission guidelines, deadlines, and protocols for each title, please visit the following links:

Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
Mormon Studies Review
Journal of the Book of Mormon Studies
Journal of Mormon History

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Introducing Introductions to Mormon Thought

This November, we’re excited to be releasing the first two books in our Introductions to Mormon Thought series edited by Matthew Bowman and Joseph Spencer. In this post, they give you a sneak peak at the first books and preview what’s to come.

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Alison Syring is the acquiring editor of the Introductions to Mormon Thought series. She also handles labor studies, disability studies, radical studies, digital humanities, and more.

Click here to read an interview with Alison on the blog.

Contact her by email here.

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Panel title:
IS THERE A MORMON INTELLECTUAL TRADITION? INTRODUCING THE SERIES INTRODUCTIONS TO MORMON THOUGHT

Panelists:
Alison Syring
University of Illinois Press
Moderator
Matthew Bowman
Claremont Graduate University
Joseph Spencer
Brigham Young University
Kristine Haglund
St. Louis, MO
Michael Austin
University of Evansville
George Handley
Brigham Young University

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Welcome to the University of Illinois Press Society for American Music 2021 virtual exhibit! Step inside and take a look at some of our featured titles as well as interviews with UIP authors and specially curated playlists inspired by our books. Use promo code SAM21 to get 50% off all music books on our website! Plus, buy 3 books and get a free copy of Jazz and Culture issue 4.2. The sale runs June 9-12, 2021, so don’t miss out!

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Jazz and Culture is an annual publication devoted to publishing cutting-edge research on jazz from multiple perspectives. Founded on the principle that both scholars and musicians offer invaluable contributions, the journal juxtaposes groundbreaking work by researchers alongside oral histories and articles written by master artists in the field.

American Music is an independent, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of Illinois Press. Its articles, reviews, and special issues are devoted to American music in the broadest sense.

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Laurie Matheson is the director of the University of Illinois Press. Her areas of acquisition include the subjects of Music, Dance, and Folklore. If you’re working on a book project, please feel free to reach out to her during the conference here.

Click here to read an interview with Laurie Matheson.

Todd Decker is the editor of American Music. Read more about him here.

Contact him via e-mail here.

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Ethnomusicology is the premier publication in the field. Its scholarly articles represent current theoretical perspectives and research in ethnomusicology and related fields, while playing a central role in expanding the discipline in the United States and abroad. This inclusive journal also features book, recording, film, video, and multimedia reviews.

The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education provides a forum where contemporary research is made accessible to all with interest in music education. Dr. Janet R. Barrett is editor and works with an advisory committee of music education’s most prestigious researchers. 

The purpose of Music and the Moving Image is to explore the relationship between music and the entire universe of moving images (film, television, music videos, computer games, performance art, and web-based media) through articles, reviews and interviews.

All of our journals accept submissions on an ongoing basis. For more information about submission guidelines, deadlines and protocols for each, individual title, please visit the following links:
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We are pleased to announce Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican by Deborah E. Kanter is the winner of 2020 Hamlin Garland Prize from the Midwestern History Association.

The Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History honors a work of popular history about the Midwest that contributes to broader public reflection and appreciation of the region’s past.

From the website:

Chicago Católico is a notable and readable contribution to stories of religious history in the Midwest. Focusing on the region’s largest metropolis, this twentieth century story is an important monograph but also suitable for general readers. As Rust Belt populations have declined, it is Mexican people who have sustained many Catholic parishes through the twentieth century into the present. It is the second largest urban Mexican Catholic population in the U.S., thus making a case for the value of this study.”

The Hamlin Garland Prize was announced on Thursday, May 26, 2021 at the 2021 MHS virtual conference.

Congratulations Deborah!

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press’s virtual exhibit for the 37th Annual International Country Music Conference! We hope you’ll step inside our virtual booth and browse new books, featured music playlists, author and staff interviews, and more. Use promo code ICMC21 for 50% off all of our country music books when ordering from our website June 3-5, 2021!

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Laurie Matheson is the director of the University of Illinois Press. Her areas of acquisition include the subjects of Music, Dance, and Folklore. If you’re working on a book project, please feel free to reach out to her during the conference here.

Click here to read an interview with Laurie Matheson.

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Welcome to the University of Illinois Press virtual exhibit for the 2021 North American Society for Sports History (NASSH) annual conference! Explore books, journals, author interviews, and more in this virtual exhibit. Use promo code NASSH21 for 50% off sports books when ordering from our website, May 28-31. Buy 3 books and receive a free copy of the Journal of Olympic Studies, Spring/Summer 2021 Issue.

New Books in the Sport and Society Series Edited by Aram Goudsouzian and Jaime Schultz

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Daniel Nasset is the new editor-in-chief at the University of Illinois Press. Danny came to Illinois as an assistant acquisitions editor in 2009, becoming an acquisitions editor in 2011 and a senior acquisitions editor in 2016. Danny has distinguished himself with his acquisitions in history, sports, American studies, communication and media studies!

Click here to read an interview with him.

Click here to contact him by email.

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The Journal of Olympic Studies is the official publication of the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research (CSSOR), and aspires to be the preeminent international multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the field of Olympic research. The Journal publishes high quality academic work on the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, in all of its forms.

Journal of Sport History is published on behalf of The North American Society for Sport History. It seeks to promote the study of all aspects of the history of sport. We invite the submission of scholarly articles, research notes, documents, and commentary; interview articles and book reviews are assigned by the Editor.

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Welcome to the University of Illinois Press virtual exhibit for the 2021 International Communication Association annual conference! Explore our extensive collection of communication books, blog posts, and more. Use the promo code ICA21 for 50% off of all of our communication book titles when ordering from our website, May 27-31.

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Daniel Nasset is the editor-in-chief at the University of Illinois Press. Danny has distinguished himself with his acquisitions in history, sports, American studies, communication, and media studies.

To read an interview with Danny, click here.

To contact Danny by email, click here.

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We are pleased to announce A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2: The Conflicted Ozarks by Brooks Blevins is the winner of 2021 of the Arkansas Historical Association’s J. G. Ragsdale Book Award in Arkansas History.

The J. G. Ragsdale Book Award in Arkansas History is given annually for the best book-length historical study (non-fiction) of any aspect of Arkansas history.  Because of the pandemic, the Association is holding a virtual conference this year, and there will be an online awards ceremony on June 4, 2021.

Congratulations Brooks!

We’re pleased to announce that Joshua Hollands has won the Labor and Working-Class History Association’s 2020 Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation for his project “Work and Sexuality in the Sunbelt: Homophobic workplace discrimination in the US South and Southwest, 1970 to the present.” Hollands will receive a cash prize of $750 from LAWCHA along with up to $500 in travel expenses to attend the awards ceremony, and a contract to publish in our Working Class in American History Series. The prize committee included Julie Greene, Toure Reed, and Jessica Wilkerson.

The dissertation prize is named in honor of the late Herbert G. Gutman, a pioneering labor historian and a founder of the Working Class in American History Series. LAWCHA hopes that the spirit of Gutman’s inquiry into the many facets of labor and working-class history will live on through this prize.

Congratulations Joshua! We look forward to publishing your book.