Dr Ruggero Sciuto

Dr Ruggero Sciuto (MPhil, DPhil Oxford) is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages in association with St Edmund Hall. His research focuses on eighteenth-century French literature and philosophy, especially the works of Denis Diderot and Paul Thiry d’Holbach, and on diplomatic relations between European countries in the Early Modern Period. He is completing a monograph on the theory of determinism jointly advanced by Diderot and d’Holbach, while starting a new book project examining how d’Holbach’s elusive practices of authorship and the consequent absence of a well-defined textual corpus influenced the reception of his ideas during the French Revolution. Ruggero has published in premier journals, including the Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France and Archivio Storico Italiano, and he is a collaborator on both the Oxford edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire and the Edizione Nazionale del Carteggio di Lodovico Antonio Muratori. He is the director of Digital d’Holbach, a born-digital scholarly edition of d’Holbach’s complete works, and as part of this project he is currently working on editions of two key Enlightenment texts: the Lettres à Eugénie and Le Bon Sens.

 

Publications

(1) Books

  • Sciuto, Diderot and d’Holbach: A Theory of Determinism (full manuscript invited by Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, published by Liverpool University Press).

(2) Volumes edited

  • Sciuto and F. Kühnel (eds.), Gender and Everyday Diplomacy in the Early Modern Period, special issue of the International History Review (proposal accepted);
  • Sciuto (ed.), Volume 17 dell’Edizione Nazionale del Carteggio di Lodovico Antonio Muratori (Carteggi con Fabiani…Filicaja), Firenze: Olschki (in progress).

(3) Articles and book chapters

(4) Texts edited (either digitally or in print)

  • Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach, Le Bon Sens, ou Idées naturelles opposées aux idées surnaturelles, ed. by R. Sciuto (in progress);
  • Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach, Lettres à Eugénie, ou Préservatif contre les préjugés, ed. by R. Sciuto (in progress);
  • Voltaire, ‘Continuation du même sujet; Que les philosophes ne peuvent jamais nuire’, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 6B (Lettres sur les anglais), Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2020, p.391-421;
  • Voltaire, ‘De Newton’, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 6B (Lettres sur les anglais), Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2020, p.443-457;
  • Voltaire, ‘Histoire de l’infini’, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 6B (Lettres sur les anglais), Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2020, p.459-475;
  • Voltaire, Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 29B, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2020, p.427-478;
  • Voltaire, Dialogue entre un brahmane et un jésuite sur la nécessité et l’enchaînement des choses, ed. by R. Sciuto, Oxford: Taylorian Institution, 2019;
  • Voltaire, ‘Réponse à Monsieur le Duc de Bouillon’, ed. by R. Sciuto and Christophe Paillard, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 78B (Commentaire Historique sur les Œuvres de l’Auteur de La Henriade), Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2018, p.181-186;
  • M. de La Condamine, Les Quand adressés au Sr Palissot, ed. by R. Sciuto, in Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire, vol. 51A (Recueil des facéties parisiennes), Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2015, p.407-422.

(5) Databases

(6) Book reviews

  • Sciuto, Review of Claude Buffier, Traité des premières vérités, ed. by Louis Rouquayrol, Paris: Vrin, 2020 (manuscript submitted to French Studies);
  • Sciuto, Review of Gerhardt Stenger et al. (eds.), Œuvres complètes d’Helvétius, t.III (Poésies, Recueil de notes, Correspondance), Paris: Champion, 2020 (manuscript submitted to French Studies);
  • Sciuto, Review of Sébastien Charles and Stéphane Pujol (eds.), Voltaire philosophe: regards croisés, Ferney-Voltaire: Centre International d’Etude du XVIIIe Siècle, 2017, Revue Voltaire (forthcoming, 2021);
  • Sciuto, Review of Charles T. Wolfe, Lire le matérialisme, Lyon: ENS éditions, 2020, French Studies, 2021;
  • Sciuto, Review of Antonio Gurrado, La religione dominante: Voltaire e le implicazioni politiche della teocrazia ebraica, Catanzaro: Rubbettino, 2018, Revue Voltaire, 19 (2019), p.207-210;
  • Sciuto, Review of Jeroom Vercruysse, Bibliographie descriptive des imprimés du baron d’Holbach, Paris: Garnier, 2017, French Studies, 73, 1 (2019), p.118-119;
  • Sciuto, Review of Fougeret de Monbron, Margot la ravaudeuse, edited and translated by E. Langille, Cambridge: The Modern Humanities Research Association, 2015, French Studies, 70, 4 (2016), p.599-600.

(7) Encyclopaedia articles

  • Sciuto, ‘Baron d’Holbach’, The Literary Encyclopedia, vol. 1.5.2.04: Eighteenth-Century French Writing and Culture: The Enlightenment, 1700-1800, 12 April 2021.

(8) Other publications

  • contributed four unpublished letters to the Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Ruggiero Giuseppe Boscovich, Milan: 2008-;
  • contributed one unpublished letter to the Edizione Nazionale del Carteggio di Lodovico Antonio Muratori;
  • translated the articles ‘Gibel’, ‘Palerme’, and ‘Suffisante Raison. Principe de la Raison Suffisante’, for The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project;
  • contributed four blog entries (‘Voltaire and the La Barre Affair’, ‘The Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire: a New Addition to the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire’, ‘A born-digital edition of Voltaire’s Dialogue entre un brahmane et un jésuite’, and ‘Digital d’Holbach’) to the Voltaire Foundation Blog.

Conference and seminar presentations

(1) Invited lectures

  • All Souls Seminars on Early Modern Intellectual History, All Souls, Oxford, United Kingdom, 4 May 2021. ‘Hiding between the lines: God, causation, and laws of nature in the works of the baron d’Holbach’;
  • Séminaire du Labex OBVIL, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France, 5 February 2020. ‘A la base de toute édition de correspondance : l’établissement du corpus épistolaire (Réflexions préalables à l’édition numérique de la correspondance de Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach)’;
  • USC Francophone Research & Resource Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 16 January 2019. ‘The Christian Roots of d’Holbach’s Atheism’;
  • Forschungskolloquien “History of Women Philosophers and Scientists”, Paderborn, Germany, 27 June 2017. ‘Emilie Du Châtelet and the Three Leibnizian Versions of the Principle of Sufficient Reason’;
  • Besterman Enlightenment Workshop, Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, United Kingdom, 16 January 2017. ‘Diderot and d’Holbach on Causal Necessitation’.

(2) Invited presentations

  • ‘Ideas in Action: The Venturi Antidote’ – Inventions of Enlightenment: The Emergence and use of the concepts of Lumières, Enlightenment, and Aufklärung between 1800 and 1980, Online conference organised by Nicholas Cronk (University of Oxford) and Elisabeth Décultot (University of Halle-Wittenberg), 18 and 25 October and 15 November 2021;
  • La diplomatie des mobilités culturelles : Normes, pratiques et protagonistes (XVe – XIXe siècle), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 21-22 November 2019. ‘Diplomazia, mercato librario, e libera circolazione: Luigi Lorenzi e la creazione dell’identità europea’

(3) Other presentations

  • ‘Voltaire’s and François de Bussy’s Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire: The Emergence of Enlightenment Diplomacy’ – Errors in Early Modern Diplomacy. Online conference organised by R. Sciuto and T. Sowerby (University of Oxford), 10-11 November 2021;
  • 15th International Conference of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Edinburgh, 14-19 July 2019. ‘Diplomatic Correspondences at the Crossroads of Local and Supranational Enlightenment’;
  • 15th International Conference of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Edinburgh, 14-19 July 2019. ‘Towards a born-digital edition of d’Holbach’s complete works: Challenges and opportunities’;
  • Pensées secrètes des académiciens: Fontenelle et ses confrères, Paris (France), 27-29 June 2019. ‘L’académicien Trublet témoin de la vie intellectuelle de son temps: sa correspondance avec Luigi Lorenzi’;
  • The great protector of wits. D’Holbach 1789-2019, Göttingen (Germany), 9-11 May 2019. ‘The Absent Guest: D’Holbach’s Strategic Usage of Voltaire’s Texts’;
  • TORCH Network on Diplomacy in the Early Modern Period (1400-1800) Oxford, 6 November 2018. ‘Diplomatic Network and the Progress of Scientific Knowledge: Luigi Lorenzi and the diffusion of the practice of smallpox inoculation in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany’;
  • Diplomacy and Gender in the Early Modern World (1400-1800) Oxford, 11-12 June 2018. ‘Mr and Mrs Lorenzi: One or Two Correspondences?’;
  • La Diplomatie des lettres au XVIIIe siècle – Joint Conference of the Société Française d’Etude du Dix-Huitième Siècle and the Società Italiana di Studi sul Secolo XVIII, Paris, 7-9 December 2017. ‘Luigi Lorenzi e Charles Marie de La Condamine: analisi di un carteggio (1755-1765)’;
  • Interim Conference of the Society for Italian Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 29-30 April 2016. ‘Ambasciatori e ministri residenti nella Repubblica delle Lettere: il caso Lorenzi (1705-1766)’;
  • Oxford French Graduate Seminar, All Souls College, Oxford, 26 April 2016. ‘Does Madness Represent a Threat in a Deterministic Universe? Diderot and d’Holbach Answer’;
  • 45th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, 7 January 2016. ‘A New Work by Voltaire: the Représentation aux Etats de l’Empire’;
  • Emilie du Châtelet Study Day, Ertegun House, Oxford, 14 May 2015. ‘The Principle of Sufficient Reason, Emilie du Châtelet and… an anonymous Encyclopédiste’;
  • Early Modern French Seminar: Graduate Research Showcase, Maison Française d’Oxford, Oxford, 19 February 2015. ‘Causation in Eighteenth-Century France (How-to)’;
  • Enlightenment Correspondences Network, Ertegun House, Oxford, 29 January 2015. ‘The La Condamine-Lorenzi Correspondence and other Unpublished Letters found in the National Archives in Florence’;
  • 44th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, 8 January 2015. ‘Universalism and Particularism in d’Holbach’s Système de la Nature’;
  • Book launch of Nel nome di Lazzaro. Saggi di storia della scienza e delle istituzioni scientifiche tra il XVII e il XVIII secolo, Bologna: Pendragon, 2014, Scandiano (Reggio Emilia), 28 November 2014. ‘Voltaire e Lazzaro Spallanzani: nuove direttive di ricerca’;
  • Post-Graduate Training Programme in Italian Studies, School of Advanced Studies, London, 29 November 2013. ‘On the permeability of both the categories of Antiquity and Modernity in Leopardi’s thought’.

Events organised

(1) Conference

  • New Approaches to d’Holbach’s Système de la nature – Oxford, Maison Française d’Oxford, 14-15 March 2022;
  • Errors in Early Modern Diplomacy – Virtual conference organised with Dr Tracey Sowerby, 10-11 November 2021;
  • Diplomacy and Gender in the Early Modern World (1400-1800). Oxford, Radcliffe Humanities Building, 11-12 June 2018.

(2) Seminar

(3) Panel

Celebrating the completion of the Œuvres Complètes de Voltaire (1968-2021) and the beginning of new digital scholarly edition of Voltaire and d’Holbach. 50th BSECS Annual Conference, Online conference, 6-8 January 2021.

Teaching

  • Course on Voltaire (Paper X) for undergraduates in French, 2022 – Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford;
  • Tutorials on Voltaire (Paper X) for fourth-year students, October-December 2021 – Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford;
  • Seminar on ‘Religion and the Enlightenment’ given as part of the MSt in the European Enlightenment directed by Professor Caroline Warman, November 2021 – Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford;
  • Class on Diderot’s ‘Promenade Vernet’ and Salon de 1767 given as part of a Paper XII course on Literature and the Visual Arts organised by Professor Jennifer Yee and aimed at undergraduates in French, November 2021 – Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford;
  • Course on Eighteenth-Century French Materialism (Papers VII, VIII and X) for undergraduates in French (authors covered: d’Alembert, d’Holbach, Diderot, La Mettrie, Rousseau, Voltaire), April 2021-present – Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford;
  • Tutorials on Voltaire (Paper X) for second-year students, April-June 2021 – St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford;
  • Women in Early Modern France (texts by d’Epinay, de Gouges, Diderot, Du Châtelet, Graffigny, Guilleragues, Leprince de Beaumont, Molière, Racine, Rousseau, Sévigné) January-March 2021 (cancelled because of COVID-19) – Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford;
  • Tutorials on eighteenth-century French literature (Paper VIII) for fourth-year students, October-December 2020 (authors covered: Beaumarchais, Diderot, Graffigny, Guilleragues, d’Holbach, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire) – St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford;
  • Italian language classes at all levels (beginners through advanced), March 2017-June 2020 – Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford;
  • Class on Diderot and Helvétius delivered as part of Prof. Natania Meeker’s course on ‘Equality and Difference Around the Enlightenment’, 17 January 2019 – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.;
  • Introduction to the French Enlightenment (texts by de Gouges, Diderot, d’Holbach, Du Châtelet, Fontenelle, Kant, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire), September 2018-December 2018 – Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford;
  • Seminars on the Radical Enlightenment for students aged 12-19, November 2018 – Magdalen College School, Oxford;
  • Tutorials on Voltaire (Paper X) for second-year French students, March 2018-June 2018 – Hertford College, University of Oxford;
  • Seminars and Tutorials on Diderot’s Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville for first-year French students, November 2017 – Merton College, University of Oxford.

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