We are delighted to present our programme for Hilary Term 2021, which will take place online.
The Literary and scientific stakes of transgender in eighteenth-century Italy and England: the case of Catterina Vizzani
Thursday, 5 November, 2020
The first recounting of early modern transgender identity in Italy.
The history of the book that never was: Voltaire’s ‘Histoire de la guerre de 1741’
Thursday, 22 October, 2020
The work was never published by Voltaire, so what went wrong?
Exploring Voltaire’s letters: between close and distant readings
Tuesday, 20 October, 2020
In our new book, ‘Voltaire’s correspondence: digital readings’, we have experimented with a range of digital humanities methods.
The forces of reproduction. Meta/physics and insect sex in eighteenth-century entomology
Thursday, 15 October, 2020
In the early modern era, popular opinion on insect reproduction was based on ‘spontaneous generation’.
Besterman Lecture 2020: 'Who were the French Revolutionaries?’ by Professor William Doyle
Tuesday, 13 October, 2020
The Voltaire Foundation warmly invites you to the 2020 Besterman Lecture: ‘Who were the French Revolutionarie
Enlightenment Studies Programme - Michaelmas Term 2020
Friday, 9 October, 2020
Enlightenment Studies Programme Michaelmas Term 2020
Alexander Radishchev’s ‘Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow’
Thursday, 8 October, 2020
‘Each person is born into this world the equal of any other.’ – This line opens a speech in the court trial of a family of serfs who killed their master in self-defence. This line and other statements about inequality, human rights, and social justice, are of crucial importance in Alexander Radishchev’s ‘Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow’ (1790).
Interview with Professor Alan Charles Kors: 250th anniversary of Baron d’Holbach’s Système de la nature
Tuesday, 6 October, 2020
2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of the publication of one of the most important texts of the French Enlightenment: