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Besterman lectures

Friday, 5 May, 2017

The Voltaire Foundation organises a variety of events, the highlight being the annual Besterman Lectures.

The next Besterman Lecture will be on 7 November 2019, and will be delivered by Professor Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), with the title Rule Mania in Enlightenment Paris.

Venue: Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College. Time: 5:15 p.m.

Previous Besterman Lectures are now available as podcasts (*) and over the past fifteen years the topics have included:

*November 2018: Professor Keith M. Baker (Stanford University), ‘Writing Rights in 1789’.

*July 2018: Professor Martin van Gelderen (University of Göttingen), ‘Methuselah and the unity of mankind: late Renaissance and early Enlightenment conceptions of time’.

*December 2017: Professor Willard McCarty (King’s College, London), ‘Digital Rhetoric, literae humaniores and Leibniz's dream’.

*June 2017: Professor David Wootton (Anniversary Professor of History at York University), ‘Adam Smith: Poverty and famine’.

*2016: Professor Ritchie Robertson FBA (University of Oxford), ‘Writing the Enlightenment: Reflections on Work in Progress’.

*2015: Professor Colin Jones CBE (Queen Mary University of London), ‘The French Revolutionary Terror: Proto-Totalitarian or Public Sphere?’

*2014: Professor Joachim Whaley (University of Cambridge), ‘True Enlightenment can be both achieved and beneficial’ – The German Enlightenment and its Interpretation.

2013: Professor Céline Spector (Université Bordeaux 3, Membre honoraire de l’Institut Universitaire de France), ‘Civilisation et empire: la dialectique négative de l’Europe au siècle des Lumières’.

2012: Professor Ourida Mostefai (Boston College), ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau et les conflits des Lumières’;

and *Dr Nathalie Ferrand (École Normale Supérieure, Paris),  ‘Rousseau, archive et invention’.

2011: Dr Katie Scott (The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London), ‘Emulation: Anxieties of Influence and the Progress of Plagiarism in Eighteenth-Century French Art’.

2010: Professor Pierre Frantz (Université de Paris-Sorbonne), ‘Le théâtre de Voltaire: dramaturgie et politique’.

2009: Professor Gregory S. Brown (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), ‘Beaumarchais and the Bastille: An Aristocratic Villa in Revolutionary Paris’.

2008: Professor Marie-Hélène Cotoni (Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis), ‘Les Dégoûts de Voltaire. Impressions et expression’.

2007: Professor Hubert Bost (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris), ‘La Beaumelle, huguenot éclairé: quelques enseignements de sa correspondence’.

2006: Professor Antony Mckenna (Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne), ‘Faith and Reason in the Classical Age: Pierre Bayle in the Light of New Research’.

2005: Professor Catherine Volpilhac-Auger (ENS Lettres et Sciences humaines, Lyon), ‘Comment inventer des manuscrits inédits de Montesquieu?’

2003: Professor José-Michel Moureaux (Université de Caen), ‘Voltaire éditeur’.

2002: Professor François Moureau (Université de Paris-Sorbonne), ‘Itinéraires jésuites en Chine ou les Lumières naissent à l’Est’.

Maison française d’Oxford

For events at the Maison française d’Oxford (including the Early Modern French seminars), and to download the Hilary term card, see Maison française d’Oxford website.

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