The Dante Society of America regularly organizes panel sessions at various academic conferences, and holds its own annual meeting and conference.
Click here for conference program and registration information (all sessions are free and open to the public)
To mark the 700th anniversary of the Dante's death, the Dante Society of America and Harvard University are together organizing an international symposium on the reception and influence of Dante and his work from Canada to Chile from May 5-13, 2021. This collaboration commemorates the origins of "The Dante Society" in 19th-century Cambridge, but aims also to display the wider range of Dante’s presence as found in the Harvard collections. Yet our main goal is to highlight the reception of Dante in all parts of the Americas, and among readers of different intersectional identities. Our sessions include a wide range of contributions that consider the poet’s legacy in a variety of different spheres.
The 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies will be held live on the internet from Monday, May 10, through Saturday, May 15, 2021. The Dante Society of America has organized three panel sessions on Monday, May 10. Sessions are open to registered attendees only.
Monday May 10, 11:00 AM EDT
Dante 1: Bodies, Senses, Spaces
Elisabeth Trischler (University of Leeds), “The ‘Chiostro’ Paradox of Dante’s Commedia: Creating Meaning through Contemplative Modes”
Raphael Stepken (Humboldt University), “L’esperienza di retro al sol, del mondo sanza gente: Ulysses and the Metaphysical Meaning of Space as Void in Inferno 26”
Paolo Scartoni (Rutgers University), “‘Mi dirizzò con le parole sue’: From Counsel to Action in Paradiso”
Ben David (Lewis and Clark College), “The Wisdom of Dante’s Body in Inferno 21-23”
Monday May 10 1:00 PM EDT
Dante 2: Poetry, Philosophy, and Fabricated Meaning
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”
Humberto Ballesteros (Hostos Community College), “How to Reach the Point Enclosed by that which it Encloses: A Proposal for Reading Paradiso 28”
Aistė Kiltinavičiūtė (University of Cambridge), “The Body and the Senses in Dante’s Dreams”
Monday May 10 5:00 PM EDT
Dante 3: Historical Contexts, Hybrid Forms
Mattia Boccuti (University of Notre Dame), “Mary and Beatrice: A Study of Three Episodes of the Vita Nova”
Paola M. Rodriguez (Graduate Center, CUNY), “Però ch’a le percosse non seconda: The Confluence of Occitan and Latin Pastoral in Dante’s Purgatorio I and XXVIII”
Nassime Chida (Columbia University), “Historicizing Inferno 27: Guido da Montefeltro and the Warlords of Romagna”
Marco Sartore (Columbia University), “Contrition and Absolution: Dante between Theologians and Popular Religious Culture in the Episodes of Guido da Montefeltro, Manfredi, and Buonconte”
A listing of meetings and events sponsored by the Dante Society in previous years is available here.
Minutes and agenda for the Society's annual membership meetings since 2014 may be found under "About the Society."