Enlightenment Workshop 2020 – Programme

The programme for the next Enlightenment Workshop series is now available (also as a pdf for download here):

Enlightenment Workshop 2020

An interdisciplinary research seminar supported by the Faculty of History, the Faculty of Modern Languages, and the Voltaire Foundation

Convenors: Nicholas Cronk (Wolfson College) and Avi Lifschitz (Magdalen College)

Mondays at 5:00pm, Voltaire Foundation, 99 Banbury Road




20 Jan.            

Maria Florutau, Henrique Laitenberger, Vincent Roy-Di Piazza (Oxford)

Religion and Enlightenment

Discussion of Ulrich Lehner, The Catholic Enlightenment (2016);

Dan Edelstein & Anton Matytsin (eds.), Let There Be Enlightenment (2018); Margaret Jacob, The Secular Enlightenment (2019).


27 Jan.            

Béla Kapossy (EPFL/Université de Lausanne)

Forms of federalism: Edward Gibbon’s Great Republic of Europe vs. Johannes von Müller’s Bundesrepublik


3 Feb.            

Ann Thomson (European University Institute, Florence)

Countering Islamophobia in the early 18th century


10 Feb.            

Claudia Olk (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich/Exeter College)

‘Beyond too much’: Shakespearean excesses in 18th-century Germany


17 Feb.                        

George Rousseau (Oxford/Bergen)

What does the new history of distributed cognition do for Enlightenment Studies?


24 Feb.           

Michèle Bokobza Kahan (Tel Aviv University)

L’Hospitalité dans les romans d’émigration / Hospitality in novels of emigration


POSTPONED 2 Mar.            

Philip Dwyer (University of Newcastle, Australia/All Souls College)

Violence and the Enlightenment


POSTPONED 9 Mar.            

Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS, Paris)

The orang-utan and the limits of humanity in Enlightenment debates


Due to strike action announced by the University and College Union, the last two sessions of this term’s Enlightenment Workshop (2 and 9 March) will not take place as planned.  We shall try to reschedule them next term; the revised programme will be posted here as soon as we finalise it. 

Thanks for your understanding, and apologies for any inconvenience caused.



27 Apr.           

Thomas Maissen (German Historical Institute, Paris)

The Virgin’s republican turn: personification of the body politic in Britain and Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries


4 May             

Ruggero Sciuto (Voltaire Foundation)

D’Holbach: the many faces of an invisible author


18 May            

David Armitage (Harvard/King’s College London)

John Locke, treaties, and the Two Treatises of Government


1 June             

Sanja Perovic (King’s College London)

Radical translations and the transfer of Revolutionary culture between Britain, France and Italy (1789-1815)


8 June             

Antoine Lilti (EHESS, Paris)

In the shadow of the public: Enlightenment and modernity​


15 June            

Philip Dwyer (University of Newcastle, Australia/All Souls College)

Violence and the Enlightenment

Voltaire Foundation

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