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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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).