Enlightenment Studies Programme Michaelmas Term 2020
From the mundane to the philosophical: topic-modelling Voltaire and Rousseau’s correspondence
Voltaire and Rousseau’s correspondence are two fascinating collections which cover a wide range of topics.
Digitizing the Enlightenment
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.
In memoriam Frank A. Kafker (1931-2020)
The Voltaire Foundation learned with regret last week of the passing of Professor Frank Arthur Kafker. He figured among the luminaries of eighteenth-century studies, specializing in the French Enlightenment, the Revolution, and the relationship between the two.
Introducing Tout d’Holbach
Have you ever used Tout Voltaire or the ARTFL Encyclopédie and thought: ‘Wow! This is so helpful!’? If you work on d'Holbach, we've got good news for you!
First Voltaire Hackathon, Friday 24 January 2020
The first Voltaire hackathon was held in St Luke's chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford, on 24 January 2020.
A born-digital edition of Voltaire’s ‘Dialogue entre un brahmane et un jésuite’
Just as the print edition of the Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire is approaching completion, the Voltaire Foundation is starting work on new digital projects thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The humanist world of Voltaire’s correspondence
We know from reading Voltaire’s letters that he likes quoting – French literature in abundance, but also a fair amount of Latin.
Metalwork in the ‘Encyclopédie’: critical interpretation and the evidence of material culture
The ‘Encyclopédie’ is invaluable for the snapshot it provides of 18th-century European metallurgy and metalworking technology.