Symposium on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism - Call for Papers
on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism
Heritage Museum, Lexington, Massachusetts
Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism – Friday, April 9, 2010
National Heritage Museum announces a call for papers for its first biannual
symposium, “New Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism,” to
be held on Friday, April 9, 2010 at the Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.
National Heritage Museum is an American history museum founded and supported by
Scottish Rite Freemasons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United
States. As the repository of the largest collection of American
Masonic and fraternal objects, books and manuscripts in the United States, the
Museum aims to foster new research on American fraternalism and to encourage the
use of its scholarly resources.
symposium seeks to present the newest research on American fraternal groups from
the past through the present day. By
1900, over 250 American fraternal groups existed, numbering six million members.
The study of their activities and influence in the United States, past
and present, offers the potential for new interpretations of American society
and culture. Diverse perspectives on this topic are sought; proposals are
invited from a broad range of research areas, including history, material and
visual culture, anthropology, sociology, literary studies and criticism, gender
studies, political science, African American studies, art history, economics, or
any combination of disciplines. Perspectives
on and interpretations of all time periods are welcome.
studies of American fraternalism and European or other international forms of
Hall Freemasonry and other African-American fraternal groups
and religiously-based fraternal groups
groups for women or teens
of fraternal groups in social movements
material culture of Freemasonry and fraternalism
and anti-fraternal movements, issues and groups
symbolism and ritual
expression of Freemasonry and fraternalism through art, music, and literature
to Freemasonry – from disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transnational
perspectives; the historiography and methodology of the study of American
should be for 30 minute research papers; the day’s schedule will allow for
audience questions and feedback.
Format: Submit an abstract of 400 words or less with a resume or c.v. that is no
more than two pages. Be sure to
include full contact information (name, address, email, phone, affiliation).
proposals to: Aimee E. Newell, Director of Collections, National Heritage
Museum, by email at email@example.com or by
mail to 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421.
for proposals to be received is August
15, 2009. For more information
about the National Heritage Museum, see www.nationalheritagemuseum.org.
For questions, contact Aimee E. Newell as above, or call 781-457-4144.
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