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Voltaire Lab

The Voltaire Lab is a new initiative by the Voltaire Foundation to investigate the future of Voltaire scholarship, and Enlightenment studies more generally, in the digital age. In a spirit of experimentation and exploration, we aim to bring together scholars and students working in the broad field of digital humanities to consider the wide-ranging implications of the emerging 'Digital Enlightenment' as a new object of study.

Who We Are

The Voltaire Foundation is a world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship, publishing the definitive edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire), as well as Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC), the foremost series devoted to Enlightenment studies, and the correspondences of several key French thinkers.

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A Year in Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment

As LUP celebrates its 120-year anniversary, we are focusing on the eighteenth century and the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series, published in partnership with the Voltaire Foundation.

When volcanoes erupted with meaning

When the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in April 2010 it threw up a huge ash plume 9 kilometres into the sky. Yet the resulting 21st-century anecdotes pale in comparison to the 18th-century narratives related by travellers in Naples, on the flanks of Vesuvius or Etna.