Meetings and Events

The Dante Society of America regularly organizes panel sessions at various academic conferences, and holds its own annual meeting and conference.


Upcoming Events

  • The Dante Society of America is sponsoring two sessions at the next annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, which will be held in Seattle from January 9-12, 2020. See below for details.
  • The Dante Society of America is sponsoring four sessions at the next annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, which will be held in Philadelphia, from April 2-4, 2020 See below for details.
  • The 137th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America will be held at Washington University in St. Louis on May 2, 2020. Proposals for the associated symposium, "Dante, somma luce," to be held on May 1-2, should be send to sherberg@wustl.edu by December 31, 2019. Please include a 250-word abstract and c.v. highlights. The organizers welcome papers or pre-organized panels relating to the life and works of Dante Alighieri, in commemoration of the 699th anniversary of his death. As the Society works to advance scholarship in all fields related to Dante, it also has a strong commitment to education and outreach, and it welcomes papers in these areas as well.
  • The Dante Society of America is sponsoring three sessions at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, which will be held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, from May 7-10, 2020. See below for details.

Modern Languages Association of America (January 9-12, 2020)

The Dante Society of America is sponsoring two sessions at the next annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, which will be held in Seattle from January 9-12, 2020:

Dante: Human and Non-Human

Thursday, Jan. 9, 12-1:15pm

1. Talking Beasts and Human Instruments, Alison Cornish (New York U)

2. ‘Fiammeggiante come sangue’: Lithic Language and Dante’s Purgatory Steps, Catherine Illingworth (U of California, Los Angeles)

3. Thinking with Demons: A Path to Salvation, Giovanni Braico (New York U)

4. The Human Moment of the Soul in Dante’s Commedia, Lorenzo Bartolucci (Stanford U)

Perspectives on Gender in Dante's Works

Friday, Jan. 10, 10:15-11:30am

1. Gender and Genre in Occitan and Italian Prosimetra: Occitan Songbook H and Dante's Vita Nova (New York U) 

2. Beatrice Ammiraglio: Master and Commander of Poetic Authority in the Commedia, Catherine Adoyo (Georgetown U)

3. Gender and Typology in the Commedia, Marguerite Waller (U of California, Riverside)
 


Renaissance Society of America (April 2-4, 2020)

The Dante Society of America is sponsoring four sessions at the next annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, which will be held in Philadelphia, from April 2-4, 2020.

Dante & Measurement (session # 2326)

Chair: Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin)

1. Emanuele Lugli, PhD (Asst. Prof. of Art History, Stanford), Amor Oltre Misura: Love and the Politics of Measurement Standards in the Age of Dante”

2. Corey Flack, PhD (Independent Scholar), “Measure and the Trinity in Dante's Heaven of the Sun”

3. Paola Ureni, PhD (Assoc. Prof of Italian, CUNY Staten Island), “Measurement between Medicine and Ethics in Dante’s Writing”

4. Pasquale Terracciano, PhD (Director of Centro sull’Umanesimo Contemporaneo at INSR Firenze), “Fabrica Inferni. Mapping Dante in the Renaissance”

Echoes of Dante in Boccaccio (session #2328)

Chair: Gur Zak (Hebrew U of Jerusalem)

1. Maggie Fritz-Morkin, PhD (Asst. Prof. of Italian, UNC Chapel Hill), “The Elegies of Fiammetta and Francesca: Inferno V and Boccaccio’s politics of adultery”

2. David Lummus, PhD (Asst. Director, The Center for Italian Studies and Devers Family Program in Dante Studies, Notre Dame), “Boccaccio’s Francesca: Rewriting Dante on Mad Love in Decameron IX, 1”

3. James Kriesel, PhD (Asst. Prof. of Italian, Villanova), “Dante, Boccaccio, and the Body”

Dante’s Legacy in the Visual Arts (session #2330)

Chair: Albert R. Ascoli (UC Berkeley, President of DSA)

1. C. Jean Campbell, PhD (Prof. of Art History, Emory), “Dante and the Physical Arts: World-building outside and within the Commedia

2. Karl Whittington, PhD (Associate Professor of History of Art, Ohio State Univ.), “Diagrammatic Formats from Page to Wall: Dante and the Strozzi Chapel, Revisited”

3. Christine Zappella, PhD Candidate in Art History (Univ. of Chicago), “The Intellectual Culture of Florence’s Confraternity of John the Baptist: Andrea del Sarto’s Dante Portrait” 

Dante’s Legacy in Renaissance Italian Literature (session # 2331)

Chair: Tim Kircher (Guilford College)

1. Susan Gaylard, PhD (Assoc. Prof. of Italian, Univ.of Washington), “Machiavelli’s Dante: Medicating the belly in Mandragola

2. Marco Faini, PhD (Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the Universities of Venice and Toronto), “Biblical epic, spiritual rewritings and Dante’s Legacy: Giuseppe Fedeli’s Il fonte del Messia (1531)”

3. Akash Kumar, PhD (Visiting Asst. Prof. of Italian, IU Bloomington), “The Science of Poetry: Dante as Read by Varchi, Giambullari, and Galileo”
 


International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 9-12, 2019)

The 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies will take place on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 7-10, 2020. The Dante Society of America has organized three panel sessions:

Dante 1: Bodies, Senses, Spaces

Ben David (Lewis and Clark College), “The Wisdom of Dante’s Body in Inferno 21-23”

Elisabeth Trischler (University of Leeds), “The ‘Chiostro’ Paradox of Dante’s Commedia:  Creating Meaning through Contemplative Modes”

Paolo Scartoni (Rutgers University), “’Mi dirizzò con le parole sue’: From Counsel to Action in Paradiso

Dante 2: Poetry, Philosophy, and Fabricated Meaning

Humberto Ballesteros (Hostos Community College), “How to Reach the Point Enclosed by that which it Encloses:  A Proposal for Reading Paradiso 28”

Matteo Pace (Connecticut College), “Pneuma, ventus, bufera: On Violent Compulsion and Dante’s Circle of Lust”

Alani Hicks-Bartlett (Brown University), “e vei jausen lo joi qu’esper denan”: Dante’s Fabrication of Arnaut Daniel in Purgatorio XXVI and De vulgari eloquentia

Dante 3: Historical Contexts, Hybrid Forms

Marco Sartore (Columbia University), “Contrition and Absolution: Dante between Theologians and Popular Religious Culture in the Episodes of Guido da Montefeltro, Manfredi, and Buonconte”

Nassime Chida (Columbia University), “Historicizing Inferno 27: Guido da Montefeltro and the Warlords of Romagna”

Mattia Boccuti (University of Notre Dame), “Mary and Beatrice: A Study of Three Episodes of the Vita Nova

 


Recorded Events


Past Meetings and Events

A listing of meetings and events sponsored by the Dante Society in previous years is available here.