Fiona Givens—“the pursuit of the good, the true, and the beautiful”
We are pleased to welcome Fiona Givens
as recipient of a short-term research grant this summer at the Maxwell Institute. She’s currently working on a chapter, titled “Heavenly Mother and Feminism,” for the theology section of the Handbook on Mormonism and Gender
(Routledge, forthcoming), edited by Amy Hoyt and Taylor Petrey.
Fiona Givens on Disciple-Scholarship
“Joseph Smith once said that in order to come out ‘pure Mormons’ we needed to embrace truth found in all religious traditions. Indeed, for Latter-day Saints, the admonition to search for truth embraces all forms of intellectual and academic inquiry—historical, literary, linguistic, social, and cultural to name just a few. Herein lies my disciple-scholarship. My personal, spiritual, and intellectual life has been deepened immeasurably in the pursuit of the good, the true, and the beautiful in the company of myriad disciple-scholars.”
In addition to her book chapter, Givens plans to continue expanding her article, “The Perfect Union of Man and Woman: Reclamation and Collaboration in Joseph Smith’s Theology Making,” into a book manuscript.
Givens earned degrees in French, German, and in European History while co-raising six children. She is a frequent speaker on podcasts and at conferences
and currently works as an independent scholar, having published with Greg Kofford Books, Exponent II
, LDS Living, Journal of Mormon History
and other venues.
Learn more about her background and publications here