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Voltaire’s Louis XV, from bien-aimé to mal-aimé
Tuesday, 7 April, 2020
The French victory at Fontenoy in 1745 provided Voltaire, newly appointed historiographe de France, with a welcome opportunity.
Leadership matters in the first days and weeks of an outbreak: lessons from the Great Plague of Marseille, 300 years later
Friday, 3 April, 2020
The Great Plague of Provence, or Great Plague of Marseille, brought southern France to its knees, and led much of the rest of the world to impose strict measures to prevent its spread.
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.
POSTPONED - Enlightenment Futures: Conference at Humboldt University Berlin, 18-20 March 2020
Tuesday, 10 March, 2020
POSTPONED - On 11 March, the Berlin mayor has mandated that all events at the Berlin universities must be cancelled effective immediately.
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.
Seminar: James Gawley, Machine Learning and the Experience of Allusion: Experiments in Classical and Eighteenth-Century Poetry
Thursday, 6 February, 2020
Machine Learning and the Experience of Allusion: Experiments in Classical and Eighteenth-Century Poetry Thursday 20 February 2020, 5.30pm-6.30pm
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.

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