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Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism

Executive Editor
Cécile Révauger, University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III

General Editor
Jeffrey Tyssens, Free University of Brussels (VUB)

Managing Editor
Andrew Pink, Independent Scholar

Book Review Editor
Please send books for review to:
Martin Cherry
Librarian
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Freemasons Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London
WC2B 5AZ, UK

Published twice a year, in spring and autumn (fall), the Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism is an interdisciplinary academic journal that seeks to appeal to a broad-based scholarly audience in the domains of arts, humanities and social sciences.

The Journal is concerned with promoting newly emerging scholarly research in all aspects of the history and material culture of the associational lives of men and women from the Middle Ages to the present day, not least in the ways they have acted to shape regional, national and transnational identities. Through a rigorous peer-review process the Journal’s editorial board of leading international scholars presents authoritative cutting-edge research from around the globe and from across and within many subject disciplines.

The establishment of the Journal is a response to a decade of increasing global scholarly interest about freemasonry and fraternalism – an interest that has been fostered not only by the increasing ease of access to online sources, but also by the spirit of openness that now directs the policies of many previously closed archives and collections. The study of freemasonry and fraternalism is no longer the sole preserve of inquisitive freemasons or conspiracy theorists, but is now integral to the academic study of the Modern Era.

Recent Journal highlights have included the 2011 special issue on American Fraternalism, which covered such diverse topics as the shape-shifting organization of the Ku Klux Clan, freemasonry and landscape painting, and freemasonry and evangelical Christianity. The editor for this special issue was Aimee Newell, the pioneering Director of Collections at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, USA.

Future Journal highlights include the late-2013 themed issue about women and freemasonry, with articles by such leading figures as Margaret Jacob (UCLA): Women’s Freemasonry in the Age of Enlightenment. Stereotypes on the Right and the Left, and Jan Snoek (University of Heidelberg): The Adoption Rite, its Origins, its Opening up for Women, and its 'Craft' Rituals. The editor for this special issue will be Cécile Révauger (University of Bordeaux III), who is internationally respected as a key figure guiding the academic study of freemasonry.

A notable feature of the Journal is the Review section, which is an indispensable and lively arbiter of important new books about the associational world; always erudite and authoritative, and occasionally pungent, but certainly never dull.

The Journal has no formal alliances or allegiances to any specific scholarly organization, masonic body, or educational institution and represents no single critical, historical, political, social, or theoretical position.

Publication and Frequency March and September
ISSN: 1757-2460 (print)
ISSN: 1757-2479 (online)

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