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World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History (WCFFH)


World Conference on Fraternalism:
Including Ritual, Secrecy, Freemasonry, and Civil Society

May 26 - 27, 2017
The Bibliothèque Nationale - Paris, France
*French-English-Spanish simultaneous translation will be provided for all sessions.
*Everyone pre-registered and attending will receive an engrossed certificate of Masonic Studies and the book based on the conference presentations. 

For information, please e-mail Daniel Gutierrez,
PSO Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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Dr. Paul J. Rich (Chair and Commentator) - President of the Policy Studies Organization, Westphalia Press
WCFFH 2015 conference videos:
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Convened by the journal Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society, in cooperation with the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, the second World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History: Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society (La Conférence Mondiale sur la Fraternité, la Franc-maçonnerie et l'Histoire, recherche sur les notions de rituel, de secret et leur rapport à la Société civile), focuses on the study of the lasting influence of the Enlightenment, ritual, secrecy, and civil society vis-à-vis the dynamics of scholarship around the world. The conference explores how civil society, social capital, secrecy, and ritual have been important elements during different episodes of local and world histories, and indeed still are. The WCFFH 2017 is a part of the PSO's support of research into associations, civility, and the role of non governmental organizations in democracy.
At the same time in alternate years (2018 & 2020) the PSO hosts a conference in Washington on fraternalism.
PSO encourages 365 day conferences, those that interact and network between actual meetings and where early postings of drafts encourage ongoing discussion. We try hard to provide continuity so those who attend can mark their calendars with confidence. Our conferences, like our journals, are central to our role in dissemination and conversation.
Information for Participants in the 2017  World Conference
The technical staff of the BnF is very proficient, so in planning presentations full advantage should be taken of the audio visual  opportunities. Skype appearances are welcome.
Simultaneous translation French-English, English-French, is offered for all sessions.
A new cafe will be open right by the conference rooms in 2017. During the lunch hour, as in 2015, movies will be shown for those not going out to one of the local cafes. Papers on secret societies depicted in films are welcome, as are papers on the conference musical presentation on Mozart and Freemasonry.
The conference is on Friday and Saturday. On Wednesday and Thursday there is a workshop at the Museum of Freemasonry on the Chevalier Ramsay and his claims for the origin of Masonry.  Participation is by application.  
Papers on Ramsay are welcome. Since 1717 saw the organization of the first grand lodge of England, papers occasioned by the anniversary are appropriate.
No charge is made for registration for the conference, but registration is requested to plan for catering, headsets, and other conference needs. For information and registration please contact PSO Executive Director, Daniel Gutierrez, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
The conference has a general interest in fraternalism and is not confined to Freemasonry, nor is it under the auspices of any lodge. Rather, it is supported by the National Library of France, the Policy Studies Organization, and the American Public University.
Three awards will again be presented in 2017. The 2015 awards were:
1. The Bartholdi Award for Distinguished Scholarship: presented to Yves Hivert-Messeca, who has written a monumental and ingenious "History of Freemasonrys in Europe" (in four volumes,) with a groundbreaking academic and geopolitical point of view that dramatically expands the dimensions of the field.
2. The Regulus Award for Distinguished Service: for the very helpful just published "The Secret School of Wisdom - The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati" by Joseph Wäges, Reinhard Markner (editors), and Jeva Singh-Anand (translator), giving us for the first time reliable information about what has been a myth in popular literature and on the Web, and thus opens up new possibilities for research.
3. The Kilwinning Award: for a long period of distinguished service to the scholarly world. Appropriately for 46 years, through many challenges and despite many obstacles, the Renaissance Traditionnelle journal has focused on the history of rituals and masonic systems, applying the highest scholarly standards to investigate the world's symbolic heritage, and becoming one of the most relied upon reference journals in fraternal and masonic literature.
The conference will be held biennially in Paris, and hopes to open new doors while promoting multilingual and multicultural scholarship in areas such as, the relations between such Masonic-related subjects as the Companionnage, guilds, friendly societies, and Greek fraternities. The logo for the WCFFH series will approporiately be the Masonic Symbol of Point in a Circle, represented here in the painting, The Patron Saints and the Point Within the Circle, by Roy Mandell and Margaret Schmidt (Oil on canvas, 2014. Commissioned by John Mercer Lodge in Omaha Nebraska, Master of the lodge at the time: Brother David Long) 
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Below you will find links with further information:
Perspectives on and interpretations of all time periods and geographic zones are welcome. The standard length of individual presentations is planned to be between 15 and 20 minutes, further details will be administered nearer the start date. *Please note that Simultaneous French-English translation will be provided in all three rooms for the entirety of the program. Presenters elsewhere may be accompanied by translators.
In order to make possible the attendance of all interested parties, the sponsors have agreed that there will be no registration fee for the 2017 conference with complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided for those in attendanceHowever, please note: the fee is only waived upon completing the necessary registration form
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The Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France
The amount of meaningful research into fraternalism now going on in Europe is unparalleled in quality and extent, and Paris is a center. With the return of the Masonic archives looted by the Nazis and then kept for many years by the Russian secret services, the already remarkable archival resources have grown to extraordinary dimensions. We hope to make everyone's journey as smooth as possible, so please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or advice for travel and booking options. 
International Commission for Fraternalism Studies: Guillermo De Los Reyes (Conference Chair- University of Houston), Paul Rich (George Mason University), Daniel Guiterrez-Sandoval (Policy Studies Organization), Pierre Mollier (Editor, Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society), Alain Bauer (National Conservatory for Arts and Crafts), Brent Morris (Scottish Rite Supreme Council), Yasha Beresiner (InterCol London),  Guillermo Izabal (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP).
Sponsors for the 2015 World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History...
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