Following on from the appointment of prof.dr. Malcolm Davies to the Chair for the Study of Freemasonry as an Intellectual Current and Socio-Cultural Phenomenon (University of Leiden, the Netherlands), a large international conference has been planned. Seventeen researchers from various academic disciplines at European and American universities will discuss the influence of freemasonry on western culture and arts in the 18th-20th centuries:
- Prof. Dr. Natalie Bayer (Trinity University, San Antonio, USA), Masonic Influences on the Emergence of National Russian Literature: Eighteenth-Century Case Studies,
- Dr. J.K. Birksted (The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK), Le Corbusier, the Parisian Avant-Garde and Freemasonry: problems of interpretation,
- Prof. Dr. David Bjelajac (George Washington University, USA), Freemasonry and the Alchemy of John Singleton Copley’s Watson and the Shark,
- Diane Clements (Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London, UK), Victorian illustrations of freemasonry,
- Dr. Giovanna Costantini (Universities of New York/Michigan, American Academy of Rome), A Merry Death: Nicolai Evreinov and the Theatre of Transformation,
- John Crow (University of Amsterdam), Duncan’s Royal Arch Ritual as a possible framework for Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’,
- Prof. Dr. James Stevens Curl (The Queen’s University
Of Belfast, UK), Imagery associated with Mozart’s Masonic works: stage-sets and their sources,
- Prof. Dr. Malcolm Davies (Chair for the Study of Freemasonry as an Intellectual Current and a Socio-cultural European Phenomenon, Leiden University, The Netherlands), titel n.t.b.,
- Dr. Max de Haan (Editor in Chief, Thoth, The Netherlands), Friendly Societies and Freemasonry
- Ms. Pauline van den Heuvel (Archivist/Independent Researcher), Performing Artists and Freemasonry in Amsterdam, 1795 - 1844,
- Jimmy Koppen MA (Free University Brussels / Interdisciplinary Research Group Freemasonry, Belgium), The Masonic Network around the Royal Flemish Theatre in Brussels from 1875,
- Drs. Andréa Kroon MA (Leiden University/OVN Foundation, The Netherlands), The Origins of George Washington’s apron: Myth or Reality?
- Leonard H. Lubitz MA (City University of New York, USA), Masonic Symbolism and Architecture in American Cities,
- Aimee E. Newell (National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA), King Solomon’s Temple Samplers: An Expression of Shared Ideals,
- Dr. Andreas Önnerfors (Centre for Research into Freemasonry, University of Sheffield, UK), titel n.t.b.,
- Dr. Andrew Pink (University College London, UK), Patrons, Performers and Politics: Freemasons in Early Eighteenth-century London Theatres,
- Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Thyssens (Free University Brussels / Interdisciplinary Research Group Freemasonry, Belgium), Masonic Tombstones.
The conference is organised by the Chair for The Study of Freemasonry (as an Intellectual Current and Socio-Cultural Phenomenon) of the University of Leiden. The conference has the support of the Dutch Masonic Study Fund and divers academic organizations including. The Leiden Institute for Religious Studies (LIRS, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University), The Foundation for the Advancement of Academic Research into the History of Freemasonry in The Netherlands (OVN), the Chair for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (University of Amsterdam), the Centre for Research into Freemasonry (University of Sheffield), FREE / Interdisciplinary Research Group Freemasonry (The Free University Brussels) and research groups from other universities. The event is also supported by The Order of Freemasons under the Grand East of The Netherlands and the Prince Frederick Masonic Cultural Centre (CMC).
The conference will take place in The International School of The Hague and lectures will be delivered in English. The conference is open to all but registration is required in advance in connection with the limited number of seats. The cost is 110 euro (students 45 euro). For more information and a registration form contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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