One of the many outstanding women in Russian history, Catherine the Great might have had sympathy for the theme of this year’s Oxford International Women’s Festival.
Voltaire’s ‘Hymn to Liberty’: in search of a wider audience
Tuesday, 26 February, 2019
On January 31st, France celebrated the ‘Nuit des idées’.
The Salons Project: a digital approach to eighteenth-century French salons
Tuesday, 19 February, 2019
Eighteenth-century French salons have developed a mystical aura as sites of elite sociability and workshops of Enlightenment philosophy.
Believing in an age of Enlightenment
Tuesday, 12 February, 2019
Over the past few decades historians have justly complicated the narrative of the Enlightenment’s essentially secular nature.
The humanist world of Voltaire’s correspondence
Thursday, 7 February, 2019
We know from reading Voltaire’s letters that he likes quoting – French literature in abundance, but also a fair amount of Latin.
From catechisms to Voltaire: Religious tradition and change in eighteenth-century novels
Tuesday, 29 January, 2019
The continuities of the Enlightenment with the past are many and little explored.
Metalwork in the ‘Encyclopédie’: critical interpretation and the evidence of material culture
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019
The ‘Encyclopédie’ is invaluable for the snapshot it provides of 18th-century European metallurgy and metalworking technology.
Il faut se plonger dans l’‘Essai sur les mœurs’
Tuesday, 8 January, 2019
Le titre est trompeur. Il s’agit en réalité du plus gros livre sans doute qu’ait écrit Voltaire.
In search of lost rhymes
Thursday, 13 December, 2018
Volume 84 of the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire includes a section containing a large number of poems that have at one time or another been attributed to Voltaire.