Welcome to the Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment

The Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment is a new and fast-expanding research centre with an annual programme of lectures, seminars and conferences on every aspect of the Enlightenment and the Eighteenth Century – from debates about tolerance and freedom of speech, questions of intelligent design and atheism, to issues of colonialism and commercial economy.

We bring together internationally renowned scholars, post-doctoral fellows, graduates and undergraduates in every major discipline across the Humanities – Classics, English, French, German, History, History of Art, History of Science, Music, Philosophy, Russian and Theology.

We are multi-lingual and multi-media. We work in all the major European languages and with manuscripts, books and images, as well an electronic database of letters written by the significant figures of the Enlightenment and the Eighteenth Century.

The Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment is currently funded by the Voltaire Foundation.

Institution:
University of Oxford
Site name:
Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment