University of Tampere will be hosting a second international on 30 August – 1 September, 2019. This three-day event focuses on the history of Western esotericism. It aims to study the long-lasting process of Western modernisation – starting roughly from the 17th and 18th centuries and ending somewhat to the present day – by exploring fields of esoteric and masonic traditions as well as other heterodox spiritualities. The conference brings together scholars from various scientific disciplines, but will also be open for students and post-graduate students as well as for general public.
The main organiser of the event is Tampere University Faculty of Social Sciences/History Programme in association with Research Lodge Minerva No. 27 of the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Finland. Edges of Freemasonry II: Lived Esotericism and the Western Modernity will be a continuation of the first Edges of Freemasonry conference, which was held at the University of Tampere in 2012.
The organisers have the honor to announce that the keynote speakers of the 2019 conference are Professor Joy Dixon (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), Professor Egil Asprem (University of Stockholm), Fabio Venzi (Grand Master of the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy) and Architect Msc. Antti Talvitie (Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Finland, Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland). Keynote speakers have published extensively on history of modern Western esoteric and occult ideas as well as on history of Freemasonry.