UCL European Institute


Doctoral Student Study Days: European Freemasonry

16 March 2012–17 March 2012, 12:00 am–12:00 am

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16-17 March 2012

Library and Museum of Freemasonry (London); UCL Institute of Archaeology

Friday 16 - Saturday 17 March 2012

Image: Marie Desraimes (1828-94), French women's rights activist and a founder of Le Droit Humain, the International Order of Co-Freemasonry

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2012 Journées des Doctorants/Doctoral Students Study Days 2012
La Franc-maçonnerie européenne/European Freemasonry

By using the term 'European Freemasonry' we suggest a broad understanding of that term to include Freemasonry that once was formed in eighteenth-century Europe but by relocation is now transformed to represent different regional and cultural identities. However, the purpose is not only to develop the participants' specialist knowledge but also to capitalise on their international backgrounds: to engage them in appreciating the importance of developing research presence/impact within each others national academic contexts and to reflect on the issues of academic employability in a global context.


  • Dr Beverly Butler, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, UK
  • Professor Cécile Revauger, Centre interdisciplinaire bordelais d'étude des lumières, Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, France
  • Dr Jeffrey Tyssens, History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Dr Andrew Pink, UCL Office for International Affairs

With the participation of

  • Dr Jan Birksted. Principal Research Associate, History and Philosophy of Architecture, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture.
  • Professor Andrew Prescott. Head of Digital Humanities, Kings College London.
  • Dr Daniel Weinbren. Lecturer, and Chair of the International Friendly Societies Research Group, Department of History in the Faculty of Arts, Open University.

Research themes for this event include:

  • Freemasonry and religion in Mauritius
  • Women's rituals in 18th-century France and Germany
  • La faïence maçonnique en France et en Angleterre
  • Freemasonry as a Communication Network: Bridging the Gap between the Mother Country and Colonial India
  • Freemasonry and the construction of national identities in Belgium (long 19th century)
  • Collecting networks: the Duke of Sussex (Prince Augustus Frederick, 1773 -1843) and Thomas Pettigrew (1791-1865)
  • Masonic and secular networks of Italian antifascist exiles in Belgium.
  • The Ku Klux Clan and Freemasonry in 1920s America

For more details contact Andrew Pink.