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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.
Digitizing the Enlightenment
Tuesday, 14 July, 2020
As country after country has gone into COVID-19 lockdown, we have all had to learn to communicate, network, teach, study and relate online in ways unimaginable a few short years – or even months – ago. This phenomenon is just the latest stage in the information-technology revolution.
120 Days: an itinerary
Thursday, 9 July, 2020
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.