Enlightenment Workshop

The Enlightenment Workshop is Oxford’s leading seminar in 18th-century intellectual history and literary culture. Convened by the Voltaire Foundation by Nicholas Cronk (St Edmund Hall) and Avi Lifschitz (Magdalen College), it usually takes place in the spring and summer terms (Hilary and Trinity).

The seminars in 2023 are taking place in-person in the Summer Common Room, Magdalen College.


Enlightenment Workshop 2023

We are delighted to present our programme for Hilary Term 2023. You can find a pdf version of this programme by following this link.

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

Mondays at 5:00pm


18 Jan.              Jürgen Overhoff (Münster)

Lecturing on pedagogy: Kant’s creative use of Basedow’s educational philosophy


25 Jan.             Ruggero Sciuto (St Edmund Hall, Oxford)

« Fi! l[a] vilain[e] hypocrite »: picturing women atheists in eighteenth-century Paris


1 Feb.               Michelle Pfeffer (Magdalen College, Oxford)

William Warburton’s Divine Legation of Moses (1738-1741) and theological learning in the public sphere


8 Feb.              Sanja Perovic (King’s College London)

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


15 Feb.             Luisa Simonutti (ISPF/CNR, Milan)

Islamic influences on European thought in the seventeenth century


22 Feb.            Eva Piirimäe (Tartu)

Herder and the French Revolution


1 Mar.              David Armitage (Harvard)

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and the law of nations


8 Mar.             Jeffrey Ravel (MIT)

The Old Regime deck of playing cards

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