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Discovering Voltaire and Rousseau in song
Thursday, 17 September, 2020
The Voltaire Foundation is co-sponsoring an event in Oxford next month, ‘Voltaire, Rousseau and the Enlightenment’ – nothing surprising about the title, but for the fact that this event will take place as part of the 2020 Oxford Lieder Festival.
From the mundane to the philosophical: topic-modelling Voltaire and Rousseau’s correspondence
Thursday, 10 September, 2020
Voltaire and Rousseau’s correspondence are two fascinating collections which cover a wide range of topics.
Digitising ‘Candide’
Thursday, 3 September, 2020
In what is arguably his most widely known work, Voltaire describes the extraordinary journey that his eponymous hero undertakes, and for us digitising the novel is the first step on the long and – we hope and trust – exciting journey to digitise the whole of the complete works.
A publishing challenge – the metamorphosis of a major work
Thursday, 27 August, 2020
Every project in the Complete Works of Voltaire corpus seems to have its own special features that make it not quite fit into the mould of what has gone before.
Voltaire and Choiseul: the ever-evolving French diplomacy of 1759-1760
Thursday, 20 August, 2020
In May 1759 king Frederick II of Prussia sent Voltaire a poem disdaining the French king Louis XV and insulting his favorite, Mme de Pompadour.
The Digitizing Enlightenment twitterstorm of 3 August 2020
Thursday, 13 August, 2020
This past week our publication partner, Liverpool University Press, shipped out copies of ‘Digitizing Enlightenment: digital humanities and the transformation of eighteenth-century studies’.
Free thinking in secret
Thursday, 6 August, 2020
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.

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