• promote Freemasonry as an object of academic study.
• discuss the relevant contributions in this area of research.
• create an international forum for interaction among researchers, specialists and a wider audience.
• encourage the interface of knowledge in the area.
The 2011 conference will be held at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia USA, over the weekend of 27 - 29 May 2011 with optional social activities on 26th and 30th May. Alexandria and its environs is a place where Scots played an important part in the early development of the region, as indeed they did in many other areas of America. It has been suggested therefore that one theme of the 2011 conference might be ‘Early Scottish Freemasons in North America’ and proposals for papers on that topic will be especially welcome.