New Strategic Partnership between Wolfson College and the Voltaire Foundation

Sir Tim Hitchens, President, Wolfson College and Professor Nicholas Cronk, Director, Voltaire Foundation, have today announced a new strategic partnership between Wolfson and the Voltaire Foundation. This mutually beneficial and collaborative partnership will build on their shared legacy at the heart of Enlightenment thinking, an interest in pursuing digital humanities, and a commitment to European collaborations. The organisations will work closely together to offer a vibrant academic home for postdoctoral researchers and visiting fellows, and will collaborate on events and seminars through Wolfson’s Digital Research Cluster.

Sir Tim Hitchens said: “Wolfson College is delighted to be collaborating with the Voltaire Foundation to advance our common interests in enlightenment thinking, our European vocation, and research in digital humanities. I am sure the partnership will thrive in the years to come.”

Professor Nicholas Cronk said: ‘We are delighted to be entering into a strategic partnership with Wolfson College, whose founding President, Sir Isaiah Berlin, was such an influential figure in Enlightenment studies. As we near the end of our project to publish the Complete Works of Voltaire, we plan to grow our research activities over the coming years. Our partnership with Wolfson will play a crucial role in enabling us to achieve our ambitions for the future.’


Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, and IZEA, Halle, open the doors to Café Lumières

With this new blog, our two institutions open a digital space for colleagues in the international eighteenth-century research community to discuss their projects and forge connections. Administrated by colleagues at the VF and IZEA, this is a place for informal exchange of ideas designed to help forge connections between people, projects, and institutions:

In the best traditions of Enlightenment sociability, we hope that Café Lumières will become a place of genial, friendly exchange between Enlightenment researchers and students of all disciplines. We look forward to seeing you there!

Read the welcome message by the directors of the VF and IZEA here:


Die Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, und das IZEA, Halle, öffnen die Türen des Café Lumières

Mit diesem neuen Blog öffnen unsere beiden Institute einen virtuellen Ort für Kollegen der internationalen Forschungsgemeinde für das achtzehnte Jahrhundert, um Projekte zu diskutieren und Verbindungen zu knüpfen. Von Kollegen des IZEA und der VF gepflegt, bietet dieser Ort Gelegenheit zum informellen Ideenaustausch und zur Kontaktaufnahme zwischen Kollegen, Projekten und Instituten:

In der Tradition aufklärerischer Geselligkeit wünschen wir dem Café Lumières, dass es ein Ort freundschaftlichen oder streitbaren, auf jeden Fall aber geistreichen Austauschs zwischen Aufklärungsforschern und –Liebhabern aller Disziplinen wird. Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie dort begrüßen zu dürfen!

Lesen Sie die Willkommensnachricht der Direktoren der VF und des IZEA hier:


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