We all have secret thoughts which are occasionally betrayed by an unexpected gesture, an uncontrolled facial expression, a peculiar lapsus... which express at an awkward moment what we wanted, or were supposed, to hide. All the secret services of all political regimes rely on that kind of clue to detect clandestine dissidents.
‘Lettres philosophiques’ 4D – coming soon to libraries near you!
Thursday, 30 July, 2020
I bring you glad tidings: the time has almost come and volume 6B of the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire, the cherry on the cake of our 200-volume edition, will be released in a matter of months.
Lockdown leisures: how the eighteenth-century Parisian lady would have kept herself busy
Thursday, 23 July, 2020
Removed from the ceremony of court portraiture, ‘Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame’ by François-Hubert Drouais depicts a more intimate moment in the Marquise’s day.
Countering Islamophobia in the early eighteenth century
Thursday, 16 July, 2020
The most widespread European attitude towards Islam and the Muslim world in the eighteenth century was one of hostility. Islam was the main challenger to Christianity, and the Ottoman Empire still a threat in the Mediterranean.
Digitizing the Enlightenment
Tuesday, 14 July, 2020
As country after country has gone into COVID-19 lockdown, we have all had to learn to communicate, network, teach, study and relate online in ways unimaginable a few short years – or even months – ago. This phenomenon is just the latest stage in the information-technology revolution.
120 Days: an itinerary
Thursday, 9 July, 2020
The international ‘Things That Matter’ summer school took place on the week beginning 15th June. Our chosen object was the Marquis de Sade’s infamous ‘Les Cent vingt journées de Sodome’ manuscript, which has had a long, varied, and at times scandalous journey.
‘Beyond too much’: Shakespearean excesses in the 18th century
Thursday, 25 June, 2020
From the mid-1750s an unprecedented Anglophilia took hold of Europe. It manifested itself throughout Germany from the mid-1770s onwards with the rampant ‘Hamlet fever’.
‘A la portée de tout le monde’
Thursday, 18 June, 2020
When I came upon the baron d’Holbach in the early 1960s there were few secondary sources to guide me, and there were precious few of his works accessible from a university library.
APPEL A CONTRIBUTIONS: Le Théâtre de Voltaire : entre la ville et la Cour (1718-1753)
Friday, 12 June, 2020
Journées d’études de la Société des Études voltairiennes (SEV) appel à contributions vendredi 11 juin et samedi 12 juin 2021