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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, ‘Writing Rights in 1789’, will be delivered by Keith M. Baker, Professor of Early Modern European History, Stanford University, on Thursday 15 November 2018. Venue: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne’s College, Oxford, at 5:15 pm.

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

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

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

*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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