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2019 World Conference on Fraternalism, Social Capital, and Civil Society

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France

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The World Conference on Fraternalism, Social Capital, and Civil Society, explores how associationalism and volunteerism have shaped democracy, politics, and history. Convening biennally in Paris, it also holds a year interim meeting in Washington. For an introduction to just one aspect at Washington please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyyLdfH6XBA

Subjects have included labor and agricultural movements like the Knights of Labor and National Grange, Freemasonry, Eastern Star and Amaranth, college and honor sororities and fraternities, religious groups like the Knights of Columbia, societies that expanded into insurance programs like the Woodsmen of the World. Equally welcome are considerations of how volunteerism in these movements contributes to democracy and political life. The papers on freemasonry should not foreclose papers on many other aspects of the subject, including gender, clubs like Rotary, African-American groups, guilds. The conferences gain from having a variety of subjects discussed. The committee are also open to presentations of art, dance, folk music and others if related.

We are glad to offer complimentary registration thanks to sponsors, but we do need your registrations so we can provide adequate catering and seating.

Papers are both published in the Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society journal, and in books by Westphalia Press. Simultaneous translation is offered at the French conference. Both Paris and Washington are preceded by workshops to which scholars are invited to consider original materials and problems in fraternal research.

The theme of the conference in Paris will be the origin and creation of degrees and rites in fraternalism.

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 dgutierrezs@ipsonet.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.

See more information here: http://www.ipsonet.org/conferences/ritualconference-main

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