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.
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(1) Individual lectures, seminars and conferences (2014)
(2) Lecture and seminar series (Spring 2014)
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
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 March 2014
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
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
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)
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.
Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, the Memorial Room, Worcester College, weekly except in 3rd week – see schedule (pdf).
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.
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’.
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)