The editors invite contributions for the inaugural issue of The Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism.
The establishment of national states in Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries coincided with the formation of national identity, the idea that each national community shared certain elements such as language, history, territory and a joint destiny. The distinction between an imagined "we" and the perceived other is central to national sentiments. To be a member of this collective marked the shift from beinjg a subject of a sovereign to being a citizen of a state. Paradoxically, this right to a politically participative citizenship (ideally in a democracy) was conceived as a universal right and thus nationalism has served as the medium for (post-colonial) political emancipation and "resurgimentos" across the globe.
Freemasonry as a typical phenomenon of Englightenment culture spread initially in networks transgressing territorial borders, with a distinct cosmopolitan flavour. French was typically used in correspondence, being the lingua franca of educated elites During the course of the 18th century, however, ritual texts and regulations were translated into vernacular languages. National bodies emerged that claimed authority emerged in Sweden (1760) and "Germany" (1775). Patriotic associations with similar organizational principles as freemasonry were established during the following century. In Eastern Europe as much as in Italy, the Middle East or Latin America, these associations with their freemasonry connections played a crucial role in subsequent struggles for national unity or libery from colonial powers.
This special issue welcomes papers dealing with any aspect of the role of associational life in the formation of national identity (and its historical roots) in any part of the world. Possible topics include what role fraternal organizations played in the formation of the nation state and its ideological fundations? Did the fraternal organization concerned perceive a tension between universal/cosmopolitan concepts and particularism expresed through the formation of national identity? Did different forms of associations interact and share members? How was the material culture and symbolism of these associations influenced by their national context?
The Guest Editor for this Special Issue will be Professor Jeffrey Tyssens, Free University of Brussels. Please contact him to discuss your ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org. We especially encourage younger researchers to submit their contributions. Papers should be based on original research reflecting theoretical awareness and should be between 15-20 typed pages. The deadline for final submission will be October 15th 2008. All material will be peer reviewed. Please refer to the guidelines for authors on the website www.equinoxpub.com. Submissions should be made through the online system.
Dr. Andreas Önnerfors
Director / Senior Lecturer in History
Centre for Research into Freemasonry
34, Gell Street
Sheffield S3 7QY
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