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Edinburgh – cradle of the Scottish Enlightenment – hosts ISECS 2019… don’t miss out!
Tuesday, 2 January, 2018
Last summer’s ISECS Executive Committee meeting and conference took place in Edinburgh – also the location of the next ISECS Congress in 2019.
Enlightenment legacies: a new online resource
Thursday, 28 December, 2017
Our project ‘Legacies of the Enlightenment: humanity, nature, and science in a changing climate’, explores how the Enlightenment informs – and haunts – our current worldviews.
Pierre Bayle chez lui in Le Carla
Tuesday, 19 December, 2017
Le Carla, a medieval fortified village near Foix in the Ariège, was the birthplace of Pierre Bayle, and the fitting location of a two-day meeting on the subject of Huguenot travels and correspondence.
D’Éon vs Rousseau: Gender, slavery and the unique self
Friday, 8 December, 2017
Virtually everything about the Chevalier d’Éon’s life was extraordinary. However, far more remarkable than all of this is the fact that, aged forty-nine, the Chevalier began a new life as a woman.
Natalia Elaguina décorée
Friday, 1 December, 2017
Madame Natalia Elaguina a été décorée de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres au grade de chevalier le 18 novembre dernier au Consulat général de France à Saint-Pétersbourg. L’équipe de la Voltaire Foundation lui adresse toutes ses félicitations.
Lines on the Birthday of Dr Swift
Monday, 27 November, 2017
It is my birthday this week. People have already started celebrating. Because for the last 350 years I have been vexing the world, they still gather to talk about me, to talk about my books.
Voltaire Lab: new digital research tools and resources
Tuesday, 21 November, 2017
As part of our efforts to establish the Voltaire Lab as a virtual research centre, we are pleased to announce a major update of the TOUT Voltaire database and search interface.
Exploring Parisian archives thanks to the BSECS/Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment Travel Award
Tuesday, 14 November, 2017
On a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1903, Beatrix Potter was shown an elaborately embroidered French velvet coat from the 1780s.
Le discours radical en Grande-Bretagne (1768-1789): réformisme anglais ou sortilège à la française?
Tuesday, 7 November, 2017
Tous les 4 novembre, la Revolution Society célèbre la ‘Glorieuse Révolution’ anglaise de 1688.
Fake views: an unusual false attribution
Tuesday, 31 October, 2017
While looking for a pamphlet entitled ‘Lettre de M. de B... à Monsieur de Voltaire’ I came across a ‘Lettre de M. de Voltaire au peuple d’Angleterre, sur les écarts qu’il a fait paraître, au sujet des balladins français’.

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