OVI-UND Seminar Series

Each Spring semester since 2016, in partnership with the Opera del Vocabolario Italiano, the Center for Italian Studies sponsors a series of video conference seminars conducted in Italian on various topics regarding early Italian literature, philology, and lexicography. The seminars are held via Zoom at 10 am EST / 4 pm CET, with connections from OVI in Florence, from Notre Dame's Global Gateway in Rome. If you are interested in participating as a discussant, please contact Demetrio S. Yocum.

Spring 2022: Linguistic, Philological, and Literary Developments in the Italian Middle Ages

The seventh series of seminars focuses on the linguistic, philological and literary features of a variety of early Italian texts. The confirmed speakers are (in order of appearance): Giovanna Corazza, Marika Fortunato, Lorenzo Dell’Oso, and Roberto Leporatti. Click here for the full schedule.

Spring 2021: Linguistic and Literary Perspectives on Dante's Works

The sixth series of seminars covered a wide range of topics related to Dante's works to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the poet's death. The confirmed speakers were (in order of appearance): Gabriella Albanese - Paolo Pontari, Leonardo Francalanci, Pär Larson, and Helena Phillips-Robins.

Spring 2020: Linguistic Developments and Literary Traditions in 13th- and 14th-Century Italy

This fifth series covered a wide range of topics related to early Italian language and texts. The series was preceded by two practicum sessions led by Dr. Rosella Mosti on the TLIO, the OVI databases, and the Vocabolario Dantesco. The confirmed speakers are (in order of appearance): Rossella Mosti, James C. Kriesel, Irene Falini, Giulio Vaccaro, Luca Barbieri, and Chiara Sbordoni.

Spring 2019: Textuality and Lexicography in the Italian Middle Ages

This  series of seminars focused on early Italian literary and non-literary texts with particular emphasis on writings that deal with classical culture and vernacular literature as well as themes such as body, well-being, and medicine. The goal was to shed new light not only on textual-linguistic matters, but also on some relevant critical, historical, literary issues. The speakers were (in order of appearance): Paolo Rigo (Università degli Studi Roma Tre); Luca Lombardo (Notre Dame); Elena Artale (OVI); Giuseppe Zarra (OVI); Rossella Mosti (OVI); Matthias Bürgel (Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani).

Spring 2018: Early Italian Literary Texts: A Double Perspective

This series focused on early Italian literary texts of specific historical periods and from a double perspective: one more attentive to textual-linguistic issues and led by scholars at the OVI; the other more focused on critical-historical-literary matters and led by scholars associated with and invited by Notre Dame. Lecturers included Pär Larson, Demetrio Yocum, Giuseppe Marrani, Filippo Gianferrari, David Lummus, Cosimo Burgassi and Speranza Cerullo.

Spring 2017: Maps, Texts, and Words in Early Italian

This series focused on a wide range of topics related to early Italian studies, including: Dante's Commedia, the geographical representation of linguistic data, and the production and circulation of manuscripts in Tuscany in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Speakers included Cristiano Lorenzi Biondi, Barbara Fanini, Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Mariafrancesca Giuliani, Marcello Barbato, Giulio Vaccaro, and Paolo Squillacioti.

Spring 2016: Mapping Textual Traditions in the Italian Middle Ages

This series of seminars on the textual traditions of ancient Italy focused on specific geographical areas, including Tuscany, Central Italy, Veneto, and Southern Italy. Lecturers included Pär Larson, Zeno Verlato, Marco Maggiore, and Lino Leonardi.