We are pleased to announce the launch of The Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism, the first academic journal dedicated to scholarly contributions in an ever-growing, interdisciplinary area of research.
The journal is based at the Centre for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism at the University of Sheffield .
The journal invites contributions not only on Freemasonry but also papers that deal with the wider field of fraternalism, from the garden of Epicure via the guilds of the Middle Ages to communities on the Internet.
The theme for the first issue, to be published in the Spring of 2009 is 'The Impact of Freemasonry and Fraternal Organizations upon the Formation of National Identity'. 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 foundations? Did the fraternal organization concerned perceive a tension between universal/cosmopolitan concepts and particularism expressed 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?
Please visit the journal's website to read more about the journal and to submit an article.
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