ISSUE 17, April 2006
Historic: The Brother who designed the Spitfire
Travel: The charm of Kerala
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Public Relations: Hottest spot in town
International: Emulation in Bulgaria and Mauritius takes a leap forward and Hungary's Royal Arch library
Library & Museum: Recent acquisitions
Masonic Bibles: Lodges and their Bibles
    Royal Masonic Girls' School: My thanks to the Freemasons
Holocaust: The Count of Auschwitz
Education: International conference on the history of Freemasonry and Events
Specialist Lodges: Masonry universal - via radio
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity continues to help those in need and New Masonic Samaritan Fund and Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Grand Charity: The Tsunami - one year on and Important Gift Aid information
Letters, Book Reviews, and Gardening

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25–27 MAY, 2007

Proposals for papers and panels and suggestions for a symposium or workshop should be sent by email to before 20 May 2006.

Late proposals will not be accepted. All proposals will be subject to anonymous peer review. The outcome of the review of all the proposals will be announced by 31 July 2006. Receipt of a proposal will be acknowledged within five working days.

Conference web site:

Conference organiser’s web site


The past 30 years have seen a remarkable upsurge of scholarly interest in the history of Freemasonry. Scholars have investigated and illustrated the many historical connections of Masonic organisations of all types.
    The connections of Freemasonry to such major historical subjects as the Enlightenment, the American and French revolutions, the rise of nationalism and imperial expansion have been examined.
    Scholars have discussed the relationship of Freemasonry to such themes as gender, public space and the public sphere, as well as literature, film, art and music and its role in anti-Masonic movements and conspiracy theory.
    The Masonic elements in the lives of historical figures ranging from French philosophers such as Montesquieu and Voltaire to pillars of 19th century Britain such as Sir Walter Scott, Sir Henry Irving and Sir Arthur Sullivan have been investigated.
    Historians of religion have considered the place of Freemasonry in western esoteric traditions. The connection between Freemasonry and cognate organisations such as friendly societies and fraternal Orders has been discussed.
    Economic historians have considered the role of Freemasonry in business networks and consumerism. Social historians have looked at the role of Freemasonry in the development of class.
    Political historians have discussed its contribution to the elaboration of identities, and imperial historians have considered the way in which it provided a link between coloniser and colonised.
    The International Conference on the History of Freemasonry will illustrate and exemplify the wide range of recent scholarly work on the history of Freemasonry and will cover all aspects of historical research in this area.
    It will work to advance further scholarly work in this area by providing an overview of recent work and by providing an opportunity for scholars in this subject to make contact with each other. In this way, it is hoped that the conference will advance the establishment of the history of Freemasonry as a distinctive field of historical research.
    Proposals for papers at the conference are warmly invited. Papers may cover any aspect of the history of Freemasonry from 1450 (the approximate date of the Regius and Cooke manuscripts, the earliest documents relating to the history of Freemasonry) to the present day.
    Papers are welcome from academic researchers of all disciplines, but should embody a historical approach. They should advance rational academic enquiry into the historical significance of Freemasonry and be concerned with the academic analysis of Freemasonry, as opposed to current issues within Freemasonry.
    Papers should embody original research and should not have been previously published. Proposals should consist of an abstract of not more than 300 words, giving details of the current academic affiliation of the speaker.
    Papers may be delivered in English or French. Proposals which are accepted will be assigned to an appropriate session by the academic committee. Each paper should be no more than 20 minutes long when delivered. The use of visual material for presentations is welcomed. Projectors and computers will be supplied.
    Proposals are also invited for panel sessions. These should consist of three papers on a coherent theme or subject by different speakers intended to form a single 90-minute session.
    Panel proposals should contain the name and academic affiliation of the organiser, the names and academic affiliations of each speaker, an abstract of not more than 300 words for each paper, and a short rationale for the panel of no more than 200 words.
    The panel proposal should include the name of a chair for the panel. A respondent may also be nominated if appropriate.
    Speakers will be expected to pay for the registration fee themselves and for other elements of the conference (travel, accommodation, conference dinner etc).
    The anticipated registration fee for the full conference will be in the region of £175.

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