ICHF is recognised as being the only International Conference on the History of Freemasonry in all its aspects.
In 2007 more than 70 proposals were submitted and in 2009 in excess of 100 were received. This number of proposals ensures that ICHF can offer a large and varied program at each conference. Unfortunately, it also means that a number of proposals cannot be accepted. This is due not only to the quality of Proposals but also the limitations of time and space at the various venues.
At this time more than 15 Proposals have been submitted and that is more than double those received by this time in 2009. This augers very well for ICHF 2011.
The Peer Review Process is designed to ensure that papers selected for presentation at ICHF are independantly assessed. This is a time honoured proceedure and works in the following maner.
Propsals (or suggestions for Panel Sessions) should consist of approximately 300 words explaining the key points of the paper. At this stage the Proposal is merely an abstract not a full paper and even if you have a full paper already prepared it does not require to be submitted at this time. ICHF is primarily seeking original work not previously delivered or published.
Proposals are sumitted to a special page on the Conference Organiser's web site:
who will retain them until the closing date has passed (30 June 2010). Before the Propsals are passed to the Chair of the Academic Committee all details that might in any way reveal the identity of the author are removed. The Chair of the committee then distributes the Proposals to members of the committee who comment on their acceptability before returning them to the Chairperson.
In this way the annonymity of the author of the Proposals, and the committee members considering them is assured, the whole process is a fair and independent method of assessing a proposal.
Each Propsal submitted should contain the following:
• Author’s name, institution, postal and email addresses, telephone number
• Co-author’s names if applicable
• Title of paper or panel session
• Name of chair for a panel session
• Three to five suggested key words for indexing papers
• 300 word abstract of each paper (with an additional 200 word justification for a panel session)
• Please state the category to which you are submitting:
• Paper or
• Panel Session
Please submit your proposal to the Conference Organisers at:
The First Announcement or Call for Papers has already attracted a large number of proposals. The closing date for the sumission of proposals is 30th June 2010 so get your thinking caps on! To download a PDF of the First Announcement (please note that the file is quite large - about 2mb) click here or on previous links.
The next posting will explain the process once a proposal has been submitted.
ICHF 'local' organiser (again!) together with James Daniel (who is no more local than I am!), Tom Savini (Director of the Grand Lodge of New York Museum and Library), and Mark Tabbert (Director of Collections at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial)