University of Notre Dame

Center for Italian Studies


University of Leeds

The University of Notre Dame has a privileged relationship with the leading institution for the study of Dante in the United Kingdom, The Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, which promotes the study of Dante from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both within the University of Leeds and beyond. It does so by initiating a dynamic programme of research activity and collaboration; supporting and enriching undergraduate and postgraduate study; and bringing Dante to a wider public through its open lectures and podcasts.

The Centre is based in the Department of Italian at the University of Leeds. Following the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise, the Department was ranked second in the league table of all UK Italian Departments for the quality of its research, with all of its research rated as being ‘internationally recognised’ in terms of its originality, significance and rigour, and 75% of its work being classed as 'internationally excellent' or ‘world-leading'.

In 2009, the University hosted the first Notre Dame-Leeds Dante and Italian Studies Colloquium, and colleagues from Notre Dame participated in an international workshop on Dante’s theology held in Leeds.  In Spring 2010, the volume Dante’s ‘Commedia’: Theology as Poetry was published in the Devers Dante Series, co-edited by Vittorio Montemaggi (Notre Dame) and Matthew Treherne (Leeds), and in Fall 2010 Claire Honess (Leeds) is spending a semester as a Visiting Scholar at Notre Dame, thanks to the award of a Study Abroad Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust in London. Continuing exchanges between the two universities promise many future collaborations.