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summer plans

Remember when I complained about having to work on my vacation? (My dad still takes umbrage at my depiction of his words, by the way.) I was busy with an application for a summer program in Utah, hoping they’d consider me and daydreaming of a summer in the States. I mailed it while still in California, and then waited.

And waited.

And waited. It actually wasn’t that long – only a month, I think, but still, it felt like forever. Especially as the deadline for hearing back approached – I was checking my email every three seconds, hoping for good news.

And then I forgot about it, and like a watched pot that never boils, I got the email.

This summer, I’ll be attending the 2012 Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture, held at BYU. And I can’t wait. Here’s to six weeks of academic bliss!

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5 thoughts on “summer plans

  1. Congrats. I find it very fascinating that you are studying Mormonism. How did that come about? Are/were you Mormon? I hope these are not silly questions. I’ve done my fair share of studying Mormonism so it’s fascinating to see someone else do it too.

    • Hey, that’s a coincidence! No, I’m not Mormon (technically I’m Dutch Reformed but I tend to drift around a bit). The short answer is, my sisters had Mormon friends growing up and I read a lot of Mormon blogs, so when I needed to pick a PhD topic I landed on Mormon culture pretty quick. I think it’s fascinating how they navigate being American and yet not American. How about you?

  2. Congratulations! I am only about 15 miles away from BYU. It could be fun to meet up if you are interested.

    Am intrigued by your observation about how Mormons “navigate being American and yet not American.” My own off-the-cuff perception would actually be that American Mormons (today anyway) identify very strongly as Americans and that this national identity gets wrapped up with our religious one in terms of politics, patriotism, ideas about the founding of America, etc. It can get to the point where some Mormons need to be reminded that we now have members all over the world and so there isn’t just one, American, conservative way to be LDS.

    • Hmm, I think perhaps I mean being American yet dealing with the perception that there is something not American about them (something foreign, something other). I totally agree that national identity gets mixed up with religious identity. And one part of my thesis is going to be focused on non-American LDS, so I can’t wait to delve into that!

      Also, I would very much like to meet up, that sounds great!

      • Gotcha–you mean more about dealing with other people’s perceptions. Definitely, that is a thing. I experienced it more when I was younger, before living in UT where it flips. (The majority of people are LDS & everyone else is “other.”)

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