SEPTEMBER 2023 CAMBRIDGE CONFERENCE

‘Inventing the Future’: the 1723 Constitutions

QUEENS’ COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
ENGLAND

22 – 24 September 2023

Three days of outstanding lectures, seminars and debates

 

FRIDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER

14.00-14.15 Welcome: Jonathan Spence, ProGM, & Dr Ric Berman, Conference Chair
‘Context, Content, &  Consequences: The 1723 Constitutions’
A European Perspective
14.15-15.15 Prof. Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire: ‘A European Overview’
Prof. Olivier Badot: ‘The influences of the 1723 Constitutions on C18th French Freemasonry’
15.15-15.45 Profs. Cécile Révauger & Margaret C. Jacob – discussant
‘Women’s Freemasonry in eighteenth-century France and its legacy’
15.45-16.00 Coffee / Break
16.00-16.40 Lucio Artini: ‘Freemasonry’s Tenets: A threat to Absolutism’
Olivier Badot & Ric Berman: discussants
16.40-17.40 Leif Endre Grutle, Andreas Önnerfors, Niels Arne Dam & Haukur Óskarsson:
‘Nordic Freemasonry & the Swedish Rite’
Panel Presentation & Discussion
18.30 Colle Bar – Reception
 

SATURDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER

09.15-09.30 Welcome & Introduction
Origins, Britain and America
09.30-10.30 Prof. Margaret C. Jacob: Freemasonry & the Enlightenment
Cécile Révauger & Ric Berman – discussants
10.30-11.00 Coffee / Break
11.00-12.15 Freemasonry and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Part I
Dr Andrew Thompson: ‘Hanoverian Britain: Culture & Society’
Dr Patricia Fara: ‘Desaguliers, the Royal Society & the Scientific Enlightenment’
12.15-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.15 Freemasonry and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Part II
Dr Bridgett Orr: ‘Freemasonry, Theatre & the Arts’
Discussion and Q&A
14.15-15.15 Profs. Susan Sommers & Andrew Prescott:
‘James Anderson: Philosophical Imperatives’, Part I’
15.15-15.45 Coffee / Break
15.45-16.30 Prof. Henrik Bogdan
‘James Anderson, Philosophical Imperatives’, Part II
16.30-17.15 Akram Elias, PGM, Washington D.C.: ‘The 1723 Constitutions.
The Indispensable Trowel: Cementing America’s Foundations’
Q&A
18.30 UGLE Reception, The Old Hall, Queens’ College
19.30 Formal Dinner, Cripps Hall, Queens’ College
 

SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

09.00-09.10 Welcome & Introduction
09.10-10.00 ‘Breaking Barriers’
Profs. Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire & Andreas Önnerfors:
‘Freemasonry & Revolutionary Europe’
10.00-10.40 Prof. John Kyle Day & Dr Oscar Alleyne (discussant)
‘Black Freemasonry in America’
Q&A
11.00-11.20 Coffee / Break
11:20-12:30 ‘The 1723 Constitutions: Inventing the Future’
Floor / Panel Discussion
 

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