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La Beaumelle dans la tourmente de l’affaire Calas
Thursday, 29 November, 2018
Le quatorzième tome de la « Correspondance générale de La Beaumelle », qui vient de paraître, se concentre sur la période de mars 1761 à décembre 1763.
‘Garden centres must become the Jacobin Clubs of the new Revolution’
Tuesday, 20 November, 2018
Ian Hamilton Finlay is the author of this startling command. It is one of his ‘Detached Sentences on Gardening’.
Human rights, story-ballet and insects: The Oxford Enlightenment programme for 2018-2019
Friday, 9 November, 2018
Our 2018-2019 programme is spearheaded by events on human rights and the Enlightenment, a much-debated topic with contemporary implications.
Enlightenment workshop
Thursday, 8 November, 2018
The Enlightenment Workshop is a series of seminars in the Spring and Summer (Hilary and Trinity) Terms at the Voltaire Foundation. The convenors in 2019 are Nicholas Cronk (St Edmund Hall) and Avi Lifschitz (Magdalen College).
Would Voltaire have made a good PhD supervisor? Voltaire mentors Vauvenargues
Tuesday, 6 November, 2018
A current work in progress at the Voltaire Foundation relates to one of Voltaire’s less-discussed friendships, with Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues.
Zola in the eighteenth century: ‘The Dream’ and the embroiderer’s art
Tuesday, 30 October, 2018
When I began work on my translation of Emile Zola’s ‘Le Rêve’ of 1888 for Oxford World’s Classics, I did not appreciate just how distinctive an eighteenth-century flavour the novel takes on in places.
Lighting the Enlightenment
Tuesday, 23 October, 2018
Try googling ‘light and enlightenment’ and see what you find. Buddhism, new age religion, mindfulness, and spirituality top the list. But if you are hoping to find discussions of the Enlightenment in the context of lanterns, illumination, and light, you’ll need to search a little harder, or be prepared to be left in the dark.
Language, science and human control of nature: the case of Buffon’s ‘Histoire naturelle’
Tuesday, 16 October, 2018
Science and written language in the French eighteenth century.
‘Une encyclopédie de ma façon’: le chef-d’œuvre méconnu de Voltaire
Friday, 5 October, 2018
Voltaire a toujours soutenu la grande entreprise collective de l’‘Encyclopédie’ dirigée par D’Alembert et Diderot.
Digitizing Enlightenment III
Tuesday, 25 September, 2018
The Voltaire Foundation, in collaboration with Cultures of Knowledge, the Maison Française d’Oxford, the Oxford Centre for European History and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, hosted the third Digitizing Enlightenment conference on 19-20 July.