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
Quarantine and Enlightenment: ‘Following the science’ in eighteenth-century Europe
Thursday, 11 June, 2020
‘Nous étions au XVIIIe siècle, qui est celui des Sciences et des Arts’, proclaimed Danilo Samoilovich in his ‘Mémoire sur la peste’.
Voltaire Foundation and IZEA open the doors to Café Lumières
Tuesday, 9 June, 2020
Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, and IZEA, Halle, open the doors to Café Lumières
‘Artifex quidam nomine Newton’
Thursday, 4 June, 2020
Gustave Lanson avait cherché en vain la source du syntagme latin que Voltaire répétera à chaque nouvelle édition des ‘Lettres philosophiques’ jusqu’en 1756.
Voltaire’s ‘Letters on the English’ and the story of smallpox
Wednesday, 27 May, 2020
‘It is inadvertently affirmed in the Christian countries of Europe, that the English are fools and madmen.’
A (sacred) contagion
Monday, 25 May, 2020
You feel as though you are in danger. You know that what is threatening you is all around you and invisible. You feel precarious on this earth. When you look at the world out there, you are worried. Disorder makes you anxious, order reassures you.