2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium


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Plurilingualism and Visibile Parlare

Dante Society of America, 2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium / ISCAD 4

Saturday, May 4, 2019, University of Toronto

last updated 25 Feb. 2019


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Saturday, May 4

8:30am – 9:00am Continental breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am 137th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America (open to DSA members only)

  • Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley), President, Dante Society of America

10:00am – 10:30am Greetings and Welcome

  • S. Bancheri (University of Toronto)
  • A. Ruggera (Istituto Italiano di Cultura)
  • E. Brilli (University of Toronto)

10:30am – 11:30am Keynote Lecture on Plurilingualism (recording)

  • Manuele Gragnolati (Paris IV – La Sorbonne), Dante’s Plurilingualism and the Complexity of Literature”
  • Introduced by Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto)

11:30am – 12:00am Coffee Break

12:00am – 1:30pm Roundtable on Plurilingualism (recording)

  • Chair: William Robins (University of Toronto)
  • Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja (Harvard University), “Plurilingualism and Readership”
  • Gary Cestaro (DePaul University), “Plurilingualism and Gender, Body and lingua materna
  • Francesco Ciabattoni (Georgetown University), “Plurilingualism and Polyphony”
  • Francesca Southerdern (Oxford University), “Plurilingualism and Particularity”

1:30pm – 2:30pm Buffet Lunch

2:30pm – 3:30pm Keynote Lecture on Visibile Parlare (recording)

  • Marcello Ciccuto (Università di Pisa & Società Dantesca Italiana), “Giotto, Dante, Francesco da Barberino: alle fonti del ‘visibile parlare’”
  • Introduced by Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley)

3:30pm – 4:00pm Coffee Break

4:00pm – 6:00pm Roundtable on Visibile Parlare (recording; due to technical difficulties, all or portions of several presenations were not captured)

  • Chair: Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)
  • Aida Audeh (Hamline University), “Visibile Parlare and Visual Arts” [note: recording did not capture presentation]
  • Luca Fiorentini (Accademia dei Lincei), “Visibile Parlare and the Secolare commento” [note: recording did not capture presentation]
  • Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto), “Visibile Parlare and Ekphrasis” [note: recording beings near the end of presentation]
  • Eloisa Morra (University of Toronto), “Visibile Parlare and Twentieth Century Italian Visual Culture” [note: recording includes full presentation]
  • Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College), “Visibile Parlare and the Invisible” [note: recording stops midway through presentation]

6:00pm Conclusions


Please refer to the ISCAD website for information on travel, lodging, parking, and meeting venues.

Contacts and Credits

Symposium convener

ISCAD committee

  • Elisa Brilli, University of Toronto
  • William Robins, University of Toronto
  • Justin Steinberg, University of Chicago

ISCAD research assistants

  • Kelsey Cunningham, University of Toronto
  • Sara Galli, University of Toronto

Local arrangements


This is a joint event organized by the Dante Society of America and the International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante (ISCAD), which has been based at the University of Toronto since 2015 and supported by a wide network both within and outside this institution: