Masonic Scholarship – ICHF 2011

I picked this up from a Yahoo Message Board post. I think this is a terricif opportunity to see the academic study taking place aroudn the world. It definitely relates more to the ideas of Freemasonry than the present practice, so not a lot of in lodge How To here, but a large amount of the impact Masonry has had on the world.


To be held at George Washington Memorial, Arlington Va 27-29 May 2011

Held under the Patronage of:

Roger A. Simmons,Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alabama, President of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Thomas W. Jackson,Right Worshipful Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Executive Secretary World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges.

With the special Patronage of: 11th Earl of Elgin and 15th Earl of Kincardine, KT

And with the support of:

The Academic Society for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism.

Centre interdisciplinaire bordelais d’etude des lumieres-Lumieres Nature Societe, Universite de Bordeaux III Centre d’etude de la Litterature Francaises des XVIIe et XVIIIe Siecles (CELLF),

Sorbonne IV. Paris Chair of Freemassonary, Faculty of Religious Studies,

University of Leiden Centre de la Mediterrannee Moderne et Contemporaine, Universite de Nice Sophia-Antipolis The Interdisciplinary Research Group Freemasonary,

Free University of Brussels

Conference web site:

Conference venue web site:


Since the inception of ICHF more than six years ago it has established itself as the primary conference for academics and others interested in Freemasonry to present papers on all aspects of the subject. I

From the beginning the ICHF was always a truly open ‘International’ conference, due to the diversity of countries represented at each of the conferences in 2007 and 2009. The 2011 conference to be held in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, marks a milestone in the growth of the International Conference by not only attracting participants from across the world but also, for the first time, the conference will be held outside Europe.

The 2011 conference will be held at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia USA, over the weekend of 27 – 29 May 2011 with optional social activities on 26th and 30th May.

Alexandria and its environs is a place where Scots played an important part in the early development of the region, as indeed they did in many other areas of America. It has been suggested therefore that one theme of the 2011 conference might be ‘Early Scottish Freemasons in North America’ and proposals for papers on that topic will be especially welcome

Following the huge success of the first two conferences, this, the third International Conference, will see the conference achieve a level of maturity that was hoped for by the organisers and is indicative of the tremendous amount of interest in the subject of Freemasonry, in all its aspects. This is the only International Conference at which academics, members of the public and of course Freemasons, gather together to discuss this much under-estimated social phenomenon.

By holding a biennial conference open to the public, the main purpose of the ICHF is:

  • To promote Freemasonry as a subject for academic study.
  • To present and debate relevant contributions in this area of research.
  • To create a forum for interactions between researchers, experts and a wider audience.
  • To encourage individuals to take an interest and participate in an active exchange of knowledge in the area.

The ICHF is a non-profit making, privately owned event and brand, sponsored by Supersonic Events Ltd. with no formal affiliation to any masonic or academic body. On each occasion a leading academic is appointed to convene a specialist committee responsible for the selection of suitable presentations. Any surplus generated by the ICHF will go to support young researchers and academics pursuing research in the topic and other relevent masonic projects.

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial situated in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, is a superb and ideal venue for the third International Conference with splendid conference facilities, local accommodation of all types, and is within a short Metro ride to Washington DC, the capital of the USA.

It is anticipated that the registration fee for the full conference will be in the region of $375

Dr. Andreas Onnerfors, University of Sheffield
Mark A. Tabbert, Director of Collections GWMM
Robert L. D. Cooper, Curator, Grand Lodge of Scotland
Thomas M. Savini, Director Chancellor, Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York
Dr. des. Jim Daniel, History Department, University of Sheffield


Committee Chair:
Dr. Andreas Onnerfors, University of Sheffield, England

Committee Members:
Professor Cecile Revauger, University of Bordeaux III, France
Professor Tatiana Artyemeva, St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Professor Margaret Jacob, UCLA, USA
Professor Susan Mitchell Sommers, St. Vincent College, USA
Professor Jessica Harland-Jacobs, University of Florida, USA
Dr. Maria Eugenia Vazquez, UCLA, USA
Dr. Kristiane Hasselmann, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Dr. Natalie Bayer, UCLA, USA
Dr. Aimee Newell, Scottish Rite, Northern Jurisdiction, Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, USA ;
Professor Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Professor Martin Papenbeim, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Professor William D. Moore, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA
Professor Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France
Professor Miguel Guzman-Stein, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Professor Jeffrey Tyssens, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Professor David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Brock University, Canada
Professor StepKen C. Bullock, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Professor Jan Snoek, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Professor Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Professor Baudouin Decharneux, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Dr. Henrik Bogdan, Gothenburg University, Sweden .*
Professor Kenneth Loiselle, Trinity University, USA |
Dr. Robert Collis, University of Sheffield, England
Dr. Robert Peter, University of Szeged, Hungary
Dr. Brent Morris, Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA

Claus Oberhauser (PhD-candidate), University of Innsbruck, Austria Claus
Damien Amblard (PhD-candidate), City University of New York, USA
Ricardo Martinez Esquivel (PhD-candidate), University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Carlos Francisco Martinez Moreno (PhD-candidate), University of Mexico, Mexico


before 30th June 2010. 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 I7th September 2010.


Submissions must contain:

Author’s name, institution, postal and email addresses, telephone number.

Co-author’s names if applicable Title of paper or panel session Name of chair for a panel session.

Three to five suggested key words for indexing papers 300 word abstract of each paper(with an additional 200 word justification for a panel session)

Please state the category to which you are submitting:

Paper or Panel Session

Please submit your proposal to the Conference Organisers to: no later than 30th June 2010.

Receipt of your proposal will be acknowledged within 5 working days. Outcome advised by 17th September 2010.

Conference Organizer:

Northern Networking Events Ltd. Glenfinnan Suite,
Braeview House
9/II Braeview Place
East Kilbride, Glasgow, G74 3XH
Scotland, UK

Tel: +44 (o) 1355 244966 Fax: +44 (o) 1355 249959 Email:

Conference website:
Conference organiser’s web: www. northernnetworking.
Conference promoted by Supersonic Events Ltd.

Read more on the ICHF blog as updates are posted.

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A devoted student of the Western Mystery Traditions, Greg is a firm believer in the Masonic connections to the Hermetic traditions of antiquity, its evolution through the ages and into its present configuration as the antecedent to all contemporary esoteric and occult traditions. He is a self-called searcher for that which was lost, a Hermetic Hermit and a believer in “that which is above is so too below.” Read more about Greg Stewart.

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