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Branching Out: the life and work of Denis Diderot

Department of International History LSE Literary Festival event

Date: Friday 1 March 2013 
Time: 4.30-6pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dr Tim Hochstrasser, Dr Paul Keenan
Chair: Dr Paul Stock

This discussion will explore the work and influence of the French Enlightenment philosopher, art critic and writer Denis Diderot, a key figure for the Festival in the 300th anniversary of the year of his birth. Probably best known for co-founding and editing the Encyclopedie, our panel of experts will discuss this and other less well-known areas of his life, including his association with Catherine the Great and his writings about Pacific discoveries.

Russell Goulbourne is professor of early modern French literature at the University of Leeds and his books include a translation of Diderot’s The Nun.

Tim Hochstrasser is senior lecturer in International History at LSE. Dr Hochstrasser's research focuses on the two-way relationship between intellectual life and political action in the history of early modern Europe, and above all on the use made of contemporary historical and philosophical writing to legitimate and defend changing concepts of sovereignty and political structure.

Paul Keenan is lecturer in international history at LSE. Dr Keenan's research deals with Russia during the eighteenth century and, in particular, the role of St Petersburg in the relationship between Russia and other contemporary European states.

Paul Stock is lecturer in early modern international history at LSE

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival, taking place from Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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