2024 Symposium

Il mondo sanza gente. Dante in the Americas. Visibility and Invisibility

An International Symposium Sponsored by the Dante Society of America,
the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Lima, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú,
and the Universidad del Pacífico (Lima)

Scientific Committee:

Nicola Bottiglieri, Università di Cassino

Patrizia Di Patre, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Quito)

Carlos Gatti-Murriel, Universidad del Pacífico (Lima)

Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio, University of Rochester, N.Y.

Jorge Wiesse-Rebagliati, Universidad del Pacífico (Lima)

Organizers:

Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio, University of Rochester, N.Y.

Jorge Wiesse-Rebagliati, Universidad del Pacífico (Lima)

July 10th -12, 2024

Lima, Peru

With the exception of Amerigo Vespucci’s letter to Lorenzo de’ Medici, the first testimonies of Dante Alighieri in America are Latin American. Among Latin American national literatures, Argentinian literature includes a great Dantesque axis from Mitre to Borges and beyond. Latin America boasts a long history of remarkable translations of the Divine Comedy, Dante’s minor works, and numerous critical studies on Dante in general.

In light of all this and in line with the spirit of the 2021 DSA Harvard Symposium and others that preceded it, such as those in Argentina and Ecuador, the Dante Society of America, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Lima, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and the Universidad del Pacífico, also in Lima, have joined efforts to provide continuity and visibility to the works of Dante scholars in all of the Americas. Italian scholars are also contributing with their most recent studies.

The symposium Il mondo sanza gente seeks, first, to become a space where Dante scholars from Latin America, North America and Italy share their research and engage in debate. The program includes contributions that address, sub specie Comoediae, issues relevant to Latin America in general – such as violence, migration, corruption, the arrogance of money and power, etc. – as well as traditional themes of Dante criticism, either examined from a Latin American perspective or from specific perspectives privileged by individual contributors.

Twenty-five papers will be presented during the three days of the symposium. Scholars and students are invited to attend in person or by Zoom. For online participation, registration is required through the following link: https://forms.gle/KwhrjE6ASYx83Pye6. A full program will be available by May 30th, 2024.