Two Years On: the State of the Studies, by the General Editor

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The arrival of the New Year of 2018 marks two years since I began as General Editor of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. The past two years have been rather dramatic ones for the nations in which most of our readers and authors live, in ways in which the study of the literature and culture of the eighteenth century might seem to be either irrelevant or utopian. The cosmopolitan and rationalist spirit of the Enlightenment has been all too scarce among our leaders.

From a liberal perspective, the events of the past two years have provided an unending series of coups de théâtre. We have seen major political peripetiea in the UK and the US, with parallel subplots of unexpected reversals of fortune in Italy, Germany and Austria. Where the political plot has not been tragic it might best be characterised as ‘labyrinthine confusion’, most notably in…

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Globalising knowledge in the eighteenth century: the Linnaean story

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Iter Hispanicum A copy of Linnaeus’s student Pehr Löfling’s posthumously published work Iter Hispanicum that once belonged to the prominent Spanish-Colombian botanist José Celestino Mutis (1732-1808) (Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, F. Mutis 2996).

One of the most familiar chapters in the history of early modern science is the birth, expansion and global deployment of Linnaean natural history from the 1730s onwards. It is a compelling story that begins with a gifted and determined young man of obscure background who became obsessed with botany and, eventually, the classification of all living things. At a time of epistemological crisis caused by the rapidly growing mass of information in Europe about plants and animals across the world, it was Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) who succeeded in establishing a universal system of classification. He also prescribed procedures and methods for observing, describing, collecting, transporting and displaying specimens, and for scientific travel, the teaching of future naturalists and ways…

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Cross-European perspectives on the Enlightenment: academic events at the Voltaire Foundation in early 2018

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Avi Lifschitz is the new Academic Programme Director at the Voltaire Foundation. In his first Vf blogpost, he surveys some of the events scheduled over the second and third terms of 2017/18.

Catherine the Great, by Fyodor Rokotov, 1763. Catherine the Great, by Fyodor Rokotov, 1763.

The main aim of our academic programme in early 2018 is to develop comparative and original views on eighteenth-century European culture in a series of events. Enlightenment – in the singular or plural, preceded by a definite article or left indefinite – has long been treated as a largely Franco-British affair, extending from Newton and Locke to the French philosophes and their acolytes. The Enlightenment Workshop, Oxford’s interdisciplinary research seminar on eighteenth-century culture, seeks to challenge this view by examining Enlightenment phenomena all the way from St Petersburg to London via Austria, Prussia, and further afield in Europe. In 2018 the Workshop will take place at the Voltaire Foundation in both…

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Ancora su PF 24

Avviso del 10/01/2018

Si comunica che dal 15/01/2018 al 24/01/2018 (ore 12.00) saranno riaperte le iscrizioni al Percorso formativo PF24, nel rispetto delle disposizioni previste dall’Avviso di iscrizione già pubblicato in data 7/12/2017 e di seguito riportato:

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Entro il medesimo periodo [dal 15/01/2018 al 24/01/2018 (ore 12.00)]saranno, anche, riaperti i termini per la presentazione delle istanze di riconoscimento dei CFU già acquisiti ai fini dell’iscrizione al PF24 (di cui al paragrafo 6 dell’Avviso di iscrizione) ovvero ai fini del rilascio della dichiarazione prevista dal comma 7 dell’art.3 del D.M.616/20117 (di cui al paragrafo 7 dell’Avviso di iscrizione) ovvero ai fini del rilascio dell’attestazione intermedia delle attività svolte parzialmente presso questo Ateneo (di cui al paragrafo 8 dell’Avviso di iscrizione).

Si rammenta agli interessati che ai fini del calcolo della riduzione della tassa di iscrizione al PF24, secondo quanto riportato al paragrafo 9 dell’Avviso di iscrizione, la tassa verrà determinata in base al valore ISEE2017 (cioè quello con scadenza 15/01/2018), purché già richiesto dagli interessati ai centri autorizzati entro il 31/12/2017.

Si invitano tutti gli interessati a consultare l’Avviso di iscrizione, le FAQ pubblicate in data 18/12/2017 (nell’apposita sezione FAQ), i programmi delle AFS, il calendario didattico e la presente sezione degli Avvisi.