Of bees and baffled naturalists
Monday, 21 July, 2014
In a nutshell, my research explores the ways in which eighteenth-century French thinkers were transformed by their engagement with insects.
Nouvelles perspectives sur les manuscrits des Lumières
Monday, 7 July, 2014
Dans le cadre superbe de l’hôtel de Lauzun, l’Institut d’études avancées de Paris a accueilli le 26 mai 2014 une journée d’étude destinée à faire le point sur cer
Turkish catechism (En hommage à Voltaire)
Monday, 16 June, 2014
THE FRENCHMAN: Is it true that your Sultan can marry hundreds of wives who are kept in a forbidden place known as a ‘harem’, to which, apart from the Sultan himself, only eunuchs have access, men w
Voltaire and space exploration
Wednesday, 4 June, 2014
A popular book on space exploration and the long-term future of a spacefaring humankind is not a place where one would immediately think of finding quotations by Voltaire.
The trouble with money: crashes, recoinage and war in the Enlightenment
Thursday, 15 May, 2014
The problem of money has never been far from people’s minds. In the Enlightenment the issue took on new importance as a result of a series of famous crises.
A vote of confidence in Louis XVI? Voltaire’s Lettres chinoises, indiennes et tartares
Thursday, 8 May, 2014
It isn’t always possible to know what prompted Voltaire to write a particular text.
Shadows at the court of the Sun King
Monday, 28 April, 2014
2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV, the Sun King, whose reign (1643-1715) defined the era of the 'Grand Siècle' and saw France rise to become the dominant player on the Euro