Graduate Activities: Amanda Beardsley at IASH

Join us Wednesday, February 8, for the next event in the IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series. Doctoral candidate Amanda Beardsley will present “Mormon Technologies of Salvation” at noon in the IASH Conference Room (LN 1106).

The Mormon Church (also known as LDS) has always had a deep relationship with communication technologies. Early in the religion, it is said founder Joseph Smith used “seer stones” as proto-telephonic devices to translate the word of God. Later, they attempted to develop a purely phonetic alphabet to effectively communicate gospel principles across diverse linguistic backgrounds. Based on their adaptation of phonetic and acoustic systems for communicating divinity—indeed, for making the divine present—this paper posits that the LDS religion provides a singularly rich frame for understanding the relation between the sacred and scientific.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities was established in 2009 in order to support research, teaching, and programming in the humanities and about topics relevant to the humanities, inspire the cross-pollination of ideas, encourage emerging knowledges and ways of knowing, and spark meaningful campus-community engagement at Binghamton University.

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