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WCFFH 2018 - Preliminary list of speakers

 

World Conference on Fraternalism,
 
Freemasonry, and History 2018:
 

Not Men Only: Sisters, Sororities, and Ritualistic Societies


 

 

May 17 - 18, 2018

The Whittemore House, Washington DC
 
 
 
Preliminary List of Speakers
(updated as we receive proposals)
 
 
 
1. Cécile Révauger
"Call me Sister!"
This presentation will focus on the uses of "sister" rather than "brother" when referring to a female freemason and imposing/trying to impose the feminine gender for lodge offices, when held by women, essentially in French lodges but with a few inklings into mixed an feminine orders in the UK and the US. This shall be related to the French debate which has been going on since the 1980s, about the feminization of job titles and gender neutrality.
 
 
2. Olivia Chaumont
"Gender Issues within the GODF: from Theory to Practice"
 
 
3. Emanuela Locci
"Feemale Freemasonry in Italy"
 
 
 

 

WCFFH 2019 - Preliminary list of speakers

 

World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History 2019:

 

1000 Degrees: Constructing Fraternal Rites

 

 
June 13 - 15, 2019
The Bibliothèque Nationale - Paris, France
 
 
 
Preliminary List of Speakers
(updated as we receive proposals)
 
 
 
1. Andrew Prescott
"The Origins of Freemasonry and the Invention of Tradition: New Perspectives
 
2. Thomas de la Sore
"The Companies of the Noble Games of the Bow, the Crossbow, and the Arquebus: Privileged, Fraternal, and Initiatory Urban Societies"
 
3. Paul Rich
"Masonic Discrimination Against Ethnic, Gender, and Religious Groups: Fraternity without Brotherhood?
 
 

 

WCFFH 2015 Conference Videos: Grand Auditorium

 
DAY 1 (May 29, 2015)
 
Welcome
 
 
 
Guillermo De los Reyes (Conference Chair)
Jean-Loup Graton (Bibliothèque Nationale)
Pierre Mollier (Editor- Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society)
 
 
Keynote Address
 
Civil Society in an Uncivil Age: An Agenda for Freemasonry, Past and Present
 
 

Margaret C. Jacob (Distinguished Professor of History, University California of Los Angeles)

 
 
Early Masonic Presentation
 
400 Years of Masonic Music
 
Part 1
 


Part 2
 
 
Charles Bonaparte (Special Session Chair)
Gille Thorne (Music Historian)
 
 
French Resources on Fraternalism
 
 
Masonic Archives in France 
 
François Rognon
Francis Delon
Françoise Moreillon
Pierre Mollier
 
 
Plenary Address 
 
 
Into the Maelstrom: The Issue of Masonic Regularity, Past and Present
 
 
John Cooper (Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California, Past President of the North American Conference of Grand Masters)   
 
 
Material Evidence of the Ethereal
 
 
 
The Masonic Temple Between Universal Model and Cultural Tropisms
 
François Gruson
 
Jewels, Ornaments, Lights and Furnitures, a Historical and Statisical Study Through Time and Countries: Appearance of the Movable and Immovable Jewels (1696 - 1801)
 
Dominique Sappia and Herve Hoint-Lecoq
 
Commanding Elegance: The Decoration and Furnishing of Masonic Lodges in New England, 1790 - 1830
 
Hilary Anderson Stelling
 
In the Footsteps of Freemasonry in the Holy Land King Solomon, the First Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and Masonic Sites in the Holy Land
 
Jeffrey Kantor
 
 
DAY 2 (May 30, 2015)
 
Special Presentation
 
Savoirs et emblèmes du savoir chez les compagnons tailleurs de pierre à la fin de l'Ancien Régime (Translation: Knowledge and Symbols of Knowledge Among Stone Cutters at the End of the Ancient Regime)
 
Part 1
 
 

Part 2
 
 
 
Jean-Michel Mathonière (Presenter)
Margaret Jacob (Chair)      
 
 
Future Web Use by Conferences: The Online University Perspective
 
 
 
Future Web Use by Conferences: Frustrations, Challenges, Cautions
 
Paul J. Rich (Chair and Commentator)
 
Taking the Conference to the World: Our Work and Teaching, Publishing, and Surviving the Internet Revolution: New Realities for Fraternal Studies
 
Philip Ice, Wallace Boston, Karan Powell, Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval, Margaret Jacob and Count Alessandro Cagliostro
 
 
The Bordeaux Village
 
 
The French Sources of the "Scottish" Degrees
 
Pierre Mollier (Session Chair)
Roger Dachez
Louis Trébuchet
Jacques Simon
Pierre Mollier  
 
 
Closing Plenary Session
 
 
Emperors, Princes, and the Francken Mysteries: What Paris Has Revealed- Report on the Conference Special Committee on the Francken Documents
 
 
Brent Morris
 

 
 
 

WCFFH 2015 Conference Videos: Petit Auditorium

 
 
Issues of Gender and Universalism
 
 
Rex Kallembach (Chair and Commentator) 
 
American Female Makers of Masonic and Fraternal Regalia
Aimee E. Newell
 
L'Ordre de l'Union de la Joye- A Women's Order in the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age
Ineke Huysman
 
'Universal freemasonry' and Transnational Masonic Movements (c. 1870–1930)
Joachim Berger
 
The Curious Case of Helene Hadik-Barkóczy with the Freemasons
László Vári
 
 
Ancient Ideas in the New World
 
 
Terry McCammon (Chair and Commentator) 
 
Contemporary Canadian Freemasonry: Social Dynamics and Possible Futures
J. Scott Kenney
 
Pilgrimage and Procession: The 1883 Knights Templar Triennial Conclave and the Dream of the American West
Adam Kendall
 
Freemasonry, Secret Societies and Civil Society in Cuban Independence
Olga Romero Mestas
 
A Contemporary Look at the Various Forms of Freemasonry among African-Americans in the United States
Oscar Alleyne
 
 
German Aspects of the Craft
 
 
Andreas Önnerfors (Chair)
 
Freemasonry Under the Nazis
David H. Lewis, presented by Mike Kearsley
 
The Grand-Duchy of Baden 1780-1820: State, Politics and Masonry
Ralf Bernd Herden
 
Unveiling the Copiale-manuscript: layers of fraternalism, ritual and politics in eighteenth century Germany
Andreas Önnerfors
 
 
Masonic Biography
 
 
Luis-Jose Meja (Chair and Commentator)
 
Dudley Wright: His Early 'Truth-Seeking' Years (1906-1916)
Simon Mayers
 
Santa Anna, the Mason
Casey D. Stanislaw
 
The Master’s Mask: Richard Wagner & Freemasonry
Maria Danova
 
 
 
Fraternalism and Lodges Coping with Challenge
 
 
Guillermo Izabal (Chair and Commentator)
 
Some Masonic Activities in the Australian Military During WWI
Neil Wynes Morse
 
Writing History with Lightning: American Nativism, the Ku Klux Klan & the Fraternal Press in the 1920s
Adam Kendall
 
The Paradox of Infallibility in Masonic Leadership: Can a Grand Lodge be Wrong?
Andrew Hammer
 
Fraternalism in Times of War: a hundred years since the emblematic case of the Lodge Euphrates No. 1078
Juan Abadjian
 
 
 
Lodge Quatour Coronati- Panel Session
 
 
Brent Morris (Chair)
 
Masonic Research by Mason and Non-Masons: Can Ever the Twain Meet?
 
Brent Morris
Gordon Davie
Yasha Beresiner
John Belton
 

WCFFH 2017 - Program

 
 
Second World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry,
 
and History 2017:
 
Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society
 
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The Bibliothèque nationale de France - Site François Mitterrand
Quai François-Mauriac, Paris, France
 
May 26-27, 2017
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM 
 
 
Wednesday, May 24
 
Pre-conference WorkshopThe workshop will be at 2pm on Wednesday at the Museum of Freemasonry on rue Cadet. 1717 is the 300th anniversary of the Chevalier Ramsay's momentous edition of Fenelon's Telemaque: "The French literary historian Jean-Claude Bonnet calls Télémaque 'the true key to the museum of the eighteenth century imagination.'" The preconference workshop at the Museum of Freemasonry will examine reare documents related to Ramsay's Masonic influence, including the disputed versions of his 1737 oration that had such a large influence on the degrees. See the 1736 Discours Ramsay Epernay document.
 
May 25th is a national holiday and many cultural events are happening in Paris. There will be no formal conference activities on Thursday.
 
 

Friday May 26

 
Opening of the World Conference, Bibliothèque Nationale
 
9-9:30. Continental Breakfast, Registration in foyer of the Bibliothèque Nationale
Note: The schedule is organized by location: 1. Gran Auditorium, 2. Petit Auditorium, 3. Salle 70
 
 
1. Grand Auditorium 
 
9:30-11:00. Plenary
Greetings and Introduction of Opening Plenary Panel by Guillermo De Los Reyes and Pierre Mollier, Conference Co-Chairs
 
“The Idea of Associating: Fraternalism and Civil Society”
Margaret Jacob, Naomi Taback, Natalie Bayer, María Eugenia Vázquez Semadeni
 
11:00-11:20. Coffee Break in foyer. Presentation of Bartholdi Award for Distinguished Scholarship
 
11:20-13:00. Eighteenth Century Origins and Consequences
Pierre Mollier, Chair
 
“Influence du conflit entre Whigs et Stuards sur la création de la Grande Loge de Londre et de la Grand Loge de France”
Louis Trebuchet
 
“Les Lumières et la Franc-maçonnerie allemande au début de 18ème siècle et plus tard
Michel Warnery 
 
“Lire les images de la Franc-maçonnerie: l'exemple des 'Gabanons' (1745)”
Philippe Langlet
 
“New Historical Perspectives: the higher degrees of the ‘French Rite’”
Cécile Révauger, Université Bordeaux Montaigne
 
13:00-14:00. Lunch Break. Movie Excerpts from "The Man Who Would Be King"
Guillermo Izabal, Chair
 
14:00-15:30. “The Various Versions of Ramsay’s Discourse”
Presentation by Alain Bernheim
Pierre Mollier, Chair
 
15:30-15:50. Coffee Break in foyer. Presentation of the Regulus Award by Pierre Mollier
 
15:50-17:30.  “Restoring the Compagnonnage to Fraternal History: Further Considerations”
Margaret Jacob, Chair
 
“The Stone and the Compass: The Company of the Humanity of the Stonemasons of Tours: Cross Paths Between Compagnonnage, Mutualism, and Freemasonry”   
Jean Michel-Mathonière, Centre d'étude des compagnonnages à Avignon
 
 
 
1. Petit Auditorium
 
11:30-12:00. “Music and Masonry”
Naomi Taback, Chair
 
India D'Avignon, California Polytechnic State University
 
14:00-18:00. “Freemasonry and Visual Arts: A Symposium”
Reva Wolf, State University of New York at New Paltz, and Alisa Luxenberg, University of Georgia, Athens, Chairs
 
14:00-15:15.
Part 1:  Freemasonry and the Exploration of Architecture
 
“Freemasonry in Eighteenth-Century Portugal and the Architectural Projects of the Marquis de Pombal”
David Martín López, University of Granada
 
“Building Codes:  New Light on Baron Taylor and Les Voyages pittoresques et romantiques dans l’ancienne France”
Alisa Luxenberg, University of Georgia
 
“Reveil de l'Iran: Freemasonry and Artistic Revivalism from Parsi Bombay to Qajar Tehran”
Talinn Grigor, University of California, Davis
 
15:15-15:30. Coffee Break
 
15:30-16:45.
Part 2: Art, Freemasonry, and Social and Political Upheaval
 
“Meissen Porcelain and the Order of the Pug”
Cordula Bischoff, independent scholar
 
“Goya’s Art and Freemasonry in Spain”
Reva Wolf, State University of New York at New Paltz
 
“Masonic Imagery in Haitian Vodou”
Katherine Marie Smith, New York University
 
16:45-18:00.
Part 3: Transformations in the Art of Freemasonry in the U.S. from the Late Eighteenth Century to the 1960s
 
“‘Within the Compass of Good Citizens’:  The Visual Arts of Freemasonry as Practiced by Paul Revere”
Nan Wolverton, American Antiquarian Society
 
“To Consummate the Plan”:  Solomon’s Temple in Masonic Art, Architecture and Popular Culture, 1865-1930”
William D. Moore, Boston University
 
“‘A Change Is Gonna Come’:  Imaging Black Freemasons from Emancipation to the 1960s”
Cheryl Finley, Cornell University, and Deborah Willis, New York University
 
 
 
3. Salle 70
 
11:00-12:00. “Three International Perspectives”
Guillermo Izabal, Chair
 
“Freemasonry and Natural Sciences in Late Eighteenth Century- Example of Georg Vega”
Matevž Košir, Archives of the Republic of Slovenia
 
“A Curious Swiss Certificate of 1779”
Michel Jaccard, former president of the ARGO
 
“The Practice of Freemasonry in the Islamic World Through the Most Ancient Masonic Ritual in Arabic”
Saïd Chaaya, UCLA Department of History
 
14:00-15:30.  “Intellectual Antecedents, Foundations, and Linkages” 
María Eugenia Vázquez Semadeni, Chair 
 
“German Masonry, Monarchy, Protestantism: Linkages from the Napoleonic Wars to the Overthrow of the Crowns (1918)”
Ralf Bern Herden
 
“Jean-Baptiste Willermoz: Intellectual  Failure or Masonic Mastermind”
Aaron Jedediah French, University of California, Davis
 
“Creating a Foundation for Fraternalism in America: Literary and Debating Societies in the US Colonial Colleges”
Wayne Kraemer and Ann Burnette
 
15:30-15:50.  Coffee Break. Presentation of Kilwinning Award
 
15:50-17:30. “Contemporary Scholarship views Fraternalism”
Natalie Bayer, Chair
 
“The Fraternal Order of Elks: U.S. Drinking and Driving Laws' Impact on Elk Lodge Life: Exalted Rulers' Perceptions”
John C. Mero, Campbell University
 
“Contemporary Freemasonry: A Sociological Model of Member Involvement”
J. Scott Kenney
 
“Invisible Truth: Modeling Secularity through Language and Performance Games in Masonic Rituals”
Klaus-Jürgen Grün
 
“El tratamiento iconográfico de la Masonería. El caso de las series televisivas y la literatura / The Unfolding Iconographic Treatment of Freemasonry: The Case of the TV Series and Literature.”
Julio Martínez García, FuegoAmigo Co-Editor
 
17:30-18:00. “Regularity, Recognition and Painting Ourselves into the Corner Again: A Plenary Workshop Discussion” 
Mike Kearsley, Gilbert Davau, John Belton, Chairs
 
Participants are invited to repair to a cafe to continue this discussion.
 
 
 
Saturday May 27 
 
1. Grand Auditorium
 
9:00-9:30. Continental Breakfast. Foyer
 
9:30-10:45. Plenary
“James Anderson and the Myth of 1717”
Susan Sommers, Professor of History, Saint Vincent College
Mike Kearsley, Chair
 
10:45-11:00. Coffee Break 
 
11:00 -13:00. “Aspects in Dispute: Past and Present of the French Masonic Scene”
Alain Bauer and Roger Dachez, Co-chairs
 
“Cartoons, Thrillers, and Freemasonry”
Alain Bauer, Alain Jacques Lacot (TBC), Didier Convard (TBC), Eric Giacometti (TBC), Jacques Ravenne (TBC)
 
“Lire les images de la franc-maçonnerie : l'exemple des 'Gabanons' (1745)”
Philippe Langlet
 
13:00-14:00. Lunch Break. Movie Excerpts
Guillermo Izabal, Chair
 
14:00-16:00. “Imperialism, Colonialism and Multiple Freemasonries” Part 2
Guillermo De Los Reyes, Chair
 
“El imperio contra el pueblo. ¿Presencia Masónica en la Semana Trágica de Barcelona (1909)?”
Sylvia Hottinger, Independent Scholar, CEHME, REHMLAC+
 
“Hermano moro, masonería y colonialismo en Protectorado Español de Marruecos (1931-1936)”
Valeria Aguiar Bobet, Universidad Jaume I de Castellón
 
“Impérialismes, maçonniques et… politique”
Yván Pozuelo Andrés, IES Universidad Laboral de Gijón, CEHME, REHMLAC+
 
“‘Civilizing the barbarians’: Freemasonries at the Service of Empires”
Ricardo Martínez Esquivel, Universidad de Costa Rica, CEHME, REHMLAC+
 
16:00- 16:20. Coffee Break
 
16:20-17:15. The “Ramsay Summation” – Grand Auditorium
Pierre Mollier, Cécile Révauger, Margaret Jacob,  Alain Bernheim, Paul Rich, Guillermo De Los Reyes
 
 
 
2. Petit Auditorium
 
9:30-10:45. “Imperialism, Colonialism and Multiple Freemasonries” Part 1
Guillermo De Los Reyes, Chair
 
“Dependence and Autonomy: The English Freemasons and their Relations in Argentina and Brazil (1859-1935)
Felipe Côrte Real de Camargo, University of Bristol
 
“El discurso antimasónico católico en la defensa del imperio español. Entre antilumieres y contrarrevolución”
Felipe Santiago del Solar, Independent Scholar
 
“Imperialismo Fraterno: la pugna entre el GOF y la UGLE”
Rogelio Aragón, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
 
“The Revolutionary Morality of Freemasonry: Universal Justice and Solidarity since the Paris Commune”
Alhelí de María Alvarado-Díaz
 
10:45-11:05. Coffee Break
 
11:05-13:00. “Ramsay and His Relationships to Intellectual History”
Craig Remes, Chair.
 
“The Influence of the Scottish Poem ‘The Bruce of John Harbour’ (about 1375) on the Ramsay's Oration”
Francis Delon
 
“A Rereading of Ramsay's Oration 1737: The Dream of the Spiritual Empire in its Context of the New Catholic and Stuart Revival”
Pierre Besses & Louis Trebuchet
 
“The Paternity of Ramsay's Speeches: de La Motta, Madame de Guyon, and the Corridors of Power”
Arnaud Marquet
 
“Anton von Geusau's Conversations with Ramsay: An Examination of his Original Diary”
Reinhard Markner, University of Innsbruck
 
"Ramsay et le Jacobitisme, évolution d'une relation durable"
Sophie Desplanches
 
14:00-16:00. “Ramsey and His Disputed Contributions” 
Andreas Önnerfors, Chair
 
“L’entourage spirituel de Ramsay en France: du ‘Pur Amour’ de Fenelon et Mme Guyon à la ‘Fraternité universelle’ / The Spiritual Company of Ramsay in France: How Fenelon and Guyon's ‘Pure Love’ Leads to the ‘Universal Brotherhood’ Concept”
Aymeric Le Delliou
 
“Ramsay's ideas on World Citizenship and Cosmopolitanism”
Andreas Önnerfors
 
“‘Les Voyages de Cyrus’ du Chevalier de Ramsay: entre roman spirituel et conte philosophique / Ramsay's ‘Voyages’: Between Spiritual Fiction and Philosophical Tale”
Samuel Macaigne
 
16:00.-16:20. Coffee Break
 
16:20-17:15. “Ramsay Summation” at the Grand Auditorium.
Pierre Mollier, Cécile Révauger, Margaret Jacob,  Alain Bernheim,  Paul Rich, Guillermo De Los Reyes
 
17:15. Closing Toast To WCFFH 2019, Foyer
 
 
 
3. Salle 70
 
9:30-10:30. “Italian Conundrums”
Paul Rich, Chair
 
Demetrio Xoccato
 
Emanuela Locci  
 
Ljubinka Toševa Karpowicz, University of Ljubljana
 
10:30-11:00.
Natalie Bayer, Chair
 
“The Sea Serjeants: A Jacobite Pseudo-Masonic Society in the Maritime Counties of South Wales in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century”
Francis Delon
 
11:00-11:20. Coffee Break
 
11:20-13:00. “Women and Freemasonry in Europe and the United States”
Natalie Bayer, Chair
 
“The GOdF and Gender Issues at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century”
Olivia Chaumont
 
“Women and Freemasonry in the 18th Century, a Comparative Study Between France, England, And Germany”
Marie-Anne Mersch, Université Bordeaux Montaigne
 
“Democracy and Expressing Oneself in Lodge: Similarities and Differences between Male and Female Lodges”
Celia Poulet, Université Bordeaux Montaigne
 
“Excluding/Including Women, an Issue for the Masonic Atlantic”
Cécile Révauger, Université Bordeaux Montaigne
 
14:00-14:45. Ramsay and Women
Mike Kearsley, Chair
 
“Women Operative Masons and Freemasons in the Time of Ramsey” 
Karen Kidd
 
"Could the English Amazons be considered French Freemasons?"
Yves Hivert-Messeca
 
14:45-15:45. “The Cauldron of  Masonic invention.”       
Cécile Révauger, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Chair
 
“Dégrés intermédiaires: additions au système des illuminés de Bavière récemment trouvées”
Reinhard Markner, University of Innsbruck
 
“The Scottish Rectified Rite: A French Masonic Exception”
Roger Dachez
 
“Historical Reconsiderations: Franz Joseph Haydn - The Man and the Mason, Mozart’s Masonic Music.”
David H. Lewis, University College, London
 
16:00-16:20. Coffee Break. Presentation of Award for Lifetime Achievement  
 
16:20-17:15.  “Ramsay Summation” - Grand Auditorium
Pierre Mollier, Cécile Révauger, Margaret Jacob, Alain Bernheim, Paul Rich
 
17:15. Closing Toast. To WCFFH 2019, Foyer