Call for papers

Dear Friends,

On the behalf of the conference board we would like

to express our sincere thanks to our speakers,

chairs, participants and all of our supporters for

your invaluable contribution to the success of the


With every good wish,

Professor Risto Harisalo   Dr. Marko Nenonen      Ms. Katariina Lehto


Welcome to the Edges of Freemasonry

Western Esotericism and the Enlightenment

conference website.

This two-day conference is an international and academic event organized by the University of Tampere School of Social Sciences and Humanities in association with The Research Lodge Minerva No.27 of the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Finland.

Edges of Freemasonry – Western Esotericism and the Enlightenment aims to investigate exceptional but prominent new currents in human sciences. The conference focuses on modern Freemasonry as a cultural and historically constituted phenomenon but also seeks to create a dialogue with wider contexts like the Enlightenment and especially the history of western esotericism, which has increasingly attracted the attention of academic research. On this basis the conference organizers are hoping to establish a multi-disclipinary and discursive environment to study western cultural and intellectual life from standpoints hitherto somewhat neglected by scholarship.

The conference is open to scholars, researchers and post-graduate students from various disciplines as well as members of masonic lodges and the general public. The conference will take place at the University of Tampere on 7–8 September 2012. The conference language is English.

For further information about the call for papers procedure, conference schedule, venue, registration or contact information of the conference staff, please follow the links on this page.

Keynote speakers