Special Events: 2018
Voices on Dante's Inferno: A Journey towards the 700th Anniversary of the Poet’s Death (March 2019–March 2021)
Organized by Zygmunt Barański, Maria Antonietta Terzoli, Vincenzo Vitale (Universität Basel – University of Notre Dame)
To mark the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the Istituto di Italianistica dell'Università di Basilea and The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame have organized a critical reading of the Inferno that will take place at the University of Basel. This will be divided into five meetings, each of two and a half days, that are scheduled for the Spring and Autumn between March 2019 and March 2021.
The aim of the meetings is to assess and discuss the individual cantos. The discussions will bring together the speakers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students. On the first evening of each meeting, there will be a public lecture dedicated to the following topics connected to the Inferno. The lecturae and an edited version of the discussions will be published by Carocci of Rome in two volumes that will appear in September 2021.
Session I: University of Basel, 6-8 March 2019
Lecture: "Introduzione all'Inferno"
Session II: University of Basel, 23-25 October, 2019
Lecture: "Composizione e trasmissione dell'Inferno"
Session III: University of Basel, 11-13 March, 2020
Lecture: "Amore e colpa: la Vita nova, l'esperienza lirica e l'Inferno"
Session IV: University of Basel, 21-23 October, 2020
Lecture: "Dottrina e dannazione: il Convivio e l'Inferno"
Session V: University of Basel, 10-12 March, 2021
Lecture: "Il problema della lingua: il De vulgari eloquentia e l'Inferno"
Re-reading Dante's Vita nova
"Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova" is a collaborative research project involving researchers from University College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Warwick.
Each event will focus on a different section of Dante’s Vita nova, its contexts, and its implications. Lectures are live streamed and discussions are facilitated via teleconference.
28 April, 2017 – Chapters 1-4, University of Leeds Research Hub
10 November, 2017 – Chapters 5-12, University College London
2 February, 2018 – Chapters 13-18, University of Oxford
April, 2018 – Chapters 19-24, University of Bristol
September 2018 – Chapters 25-27, University of Reading
December 2018 – Chapters 28-34, University of Cambridge
January 2019, Chapters 35-39, University of Warwick
May 2019, Chapters 40-42, University of Notre Dame, Rome Global Gateway