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The ‘Rights of Man’: Our debt to the Enlightenment?
Friday, 27 March, 2020
Barely a week passes without some news story, from somewhere around the globe, involving human rights – most often, sadly, a story of their violation.
The typesetting challenges of OCV84
Thursday, 19 March, 2020
The challenge with the volume was how to capture Voltaire’s original hand-drawn markings and incorporate them into a complex page layout where their positioning could clash with sidenotes, line numbers, variant notes or footnotes.
International Women’s Day: ten books by eighteenth-century women you may not have read
Monday, 9 March, 2020
Through no fault of their own, many brilliant eighteenth-century women have fallen into obscurity.
L’âme de Voltaire dans tous ses états: l’édition critique de la version clandestine de la ‘Lettre sur Locke’
Tuesday, 3 March, 2020
En 1733, la première version de la ‘Lettre sur Locke’ est écartée par Voltaire.
Gillian Pink at the Voltaire Foundation: thirteen years and counting
Thursday, 27 February, 2020
As we approach the completion of the ‘Œuvres complètes de Voltaire’, I sat down with Gillian Pink to find out about how joining the editorial team led to becoming a researcher in her own right.
Hacking Voltaire
Tuesday, 4 February, 2020
The Voltaire Foundation’s first ever Hackathon took place on Friday 24 January 2020, as part of a generous John Fell Fund grant, in the historic St Luke’s Chapel in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.
Voltaire, quid de la mémoire contemporaine ?
Thursday, 23 January, 2020
S’il était encore parmi nous, il aurait 325 ans. Toutefois, si François-Marie Arouet dit Voltaire a marqué son temps, il continue de diviser longtemps après sa mort.
‘Je soussigné barbouilleur d’écrits inutiles’
Thursday, 16 January, 2020
Ce court texte, résultat sans doute d’une plaisanterie dont les circonstances nous sont malheureusement inconnues, est l’un des morceaux rassemblés dans le volume de ‘Fragments divers’ qui clôt la partie littéraire des OCV.
What can the Enlightenment teach us about theater and emotion?
Friday, 10 January, 2020
What connects the religious zealots who tried to annihilate theater under Louis XIV to the Enlightenment?
The triumph of truth
Thursday, 19 December, 2019
In my work on the digital Voltaire iconography database, I frequently stumble across portraits of Voltaire which are particularly unexpected, funny, or have an interesting story to them. Reynolds’ ‘The Triumph of Truth’ is a personal favourite.

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