Events

The Besterman Centre organises, supports and hosts events, from lectures and seminars to major conferences. If you have an event relating to the Enlightenment or the Eighteenth Century that you would like us to publicise or collaborate on, please contact us.

Events calendar

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(1) Individual lectures, seminars and conferences (2014)

18 February Tom Hopkins, ‘Saint-Simon and the Reorganisation of Europe’
20 February Daniel Brewer, ‘“Ma délicieuse île”: Picturing Other Spaces with Rousseau’
24 February TORCH Enlightenment Correspondences Network inaugural meeting
27 February Christian Wieland, ‘Water and Politics in Europe, 1550-1750’
11 March Jelle van Lottum, ‘Labour migration and human capital in the European maritime sector, c. 1700-1810’
20-22 March Isaiah Berlin’s Enlightenment: a two-day conference
31 March-2 April Transforming the early modern republic of letters: a conference in honour of Ian Maclean, Oxford
13-14 June Journées Voltaire 2014: les voyages de l’esprit libre?

(2) Lecture and seminar series (Spring 2014)

Besterman Enlightenment Workshop
Literature, Learning, and the Social Orders in Early Modern Europe
Graduate Seminar in History 1680-1850, Hilary Term 2014
Early Modern German Culture: An Interdisciplinary Seminar
Keywords in Early Modern French Culture Seminar Series
Carlyle Lectures, Examination Schools, Oxford

Events details

‘Saint-Simon and the Reorganisation of Europe’

18 February 2014, lecture by Tom Hopkins. Part of the History of Political Thought Seminar (Tuesdays, 5:00 pm, Seminar 6 Room, 48 Woodstock Road, St Anne’s College).
Link to programme

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‘“Ma délicieuse île”: Picturing Other Spaces with Rousseau’

20 February 2014, lecture by Daniel Brewer (Minnesota). Part of the Early Modern French Seminar (Thursdays, 5:15 pm, Maison Française d’Oxford, 2-10 Norham Road).

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TORCH Enlightenment Correspondences Network

The new TORCH Enlightenment Correspondences Network will be holding its first meeting on Monday of Sixth Week (24 February). This network aims to provide a much-needed interdisciplinary forum for the many students and scholars across Oxford working on Enlightenment correspondences to discuss their research; explore methodologies for reading and publishing letters from the long eighteenth century, including digitised correspondence; and draw on Oxford’s many resources for such studies. For more information, please visit our website.
   At our first meeting, in addition to getting acquainted and discussing the network’s aims and future plans, we will be hearing about current epistolary work by members Pamela Clemit, Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig, Andrew Kahn, and Kelsey Rubin-Detlev, and discussing some recent surveys of work on Enlightenment letters.
   If you would like to join in, please RSVP as soon as possible to enlightenmentcorr@gmail.com so that we can send you copies of the readings and get a sense of numbers for the free sandwich lunch to be provided at the meeting.

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‘Water and Politics in Europe, 1550-1750’

27 February 2014, lecture by Professor Christian Wieland (Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg). The Oliver Smithies lecture (5:00 pm, Lecture Room XXIII, Balliol College).
Link for more details

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‘Labour migration and human capital in the European maritime sector, c. 1700-1810’

11 March 2014, lecture by Jelle van Lottum (Birmingham). Part of the History Faculty’s Economic and Social History Seminar (Tuesdays, 5:00 pm, All Souls College, Oxford).
Link to programme

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Isaiah Berlin’s Enlightenment

Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 March 2014
Sir Isaiah Berlin
A two-day interdisciplinary conference will be held at Wolfson College, Oxford, on 20-22 March 2014, to examine Isaiah Berlin’s view of the Enlightenment and the presence of the Enlightenment in his work.
Link to new TORCH website with draft programme

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Transforming the early modern republic of letters: Literature, Learning, Logic, Books

A conference in honour of Ian Maclean. Monday 31 March to Wednesday 2 April 2014
All Souls College and Maison Française, Oxford.
Full details here
Download poster here

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Journées Voltaire 2014: les voyages de l’esprit libre?

A conference organised by Equipe Voltaire du CELLF 17e-18e (Université de Paris-Sorbonne-CNRS), in collaboration with the Voltaire Foundation (Oxford) and the Société des Études Voltairiennes. Friday 13 to Saturday 14 June 2014.
Full details here

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Besterman Enlightenment Workshop, Hilary Term 2014

Mondays at 5:00 pm, Voltaire Foundation. Convenors: Professor Laurence Brockliss, Kelsey Rubin-Detlev.
Unfortunately John Stevenson will not be able to speak at the Besterman Enlightenment Workshop on 24 February due to weather-related travel disruptions. Instead, we will be discussing E.C. Spary’s recent book, Eating the Enlightenment: Food and the Sciences in Paris, 1670-1760 (Chicago, 2012). The book can be found online via SOLO: we suggest that workshop attendees focus particularly on chapter 5, ‘The Philosophical Palate’.
Link to full Programme (pdf)

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Literature, Learning, and the Social Orders in Early Modern Europe, Hilary Term 2014

Wednesdays at 2:00-3:30 pm, the Hovenden Room, All Souls College, Oxford. Convener: Neil Kenny. There will be two papers at each session. On 22 January:

  • SARAH HUTTON (Aberystwyth University): ‘Negotiating Social Order – Women and Philosophy in the Early Enlightenment’
  • BRIAN RICHARDSON (University of Leeds): ‘Oral Culture and Social Class in the Italian Cinquecento’

Further sessions: 5 February, 19 February, 5 March.

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Graduate Seminar in History 1680-1850, Hilary Term 2014

Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, the Memorial Room, Worcester College, weekly except in 3rd week – see schedule (pdf).

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Early Modern German Culture: An Interdisciplinary Seminar, Hilary Term 2014

Wednesdays at 1:00-3:00 pm, the History Faculty Rees Davies Room. See schedule (pdf).
The session in eighth week – Erik Midelfort (University of Virginia), ‘Dissidents in Germany: 1670-1730’ – may be of particular interest to Enlightenment scholars.

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Keywords in Early Modern French Culture Seminar Series

Alternate Thursdays at 3:30 pm, Maison Française d’Oxford, 2-10 Norham Road, Oxford. 6 February, Wes Williams, ‘How to be a monster’; 20 February, Alain Viala, ‘How to be a person of polite manners, honnête, galant and so on’; 6 March, Alain Viala, ‘How to be an early modern quarreler’.

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Carlyle Lectures

Thursdays, weeks 3-8, 5:00 pm, Examination Schools, Oxford. Professor David Wootton (University of York), ‘Power and Pleasure, 1513-1776’.
Link to poster (pdf)

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