Meetings and Events

The Dante Society of America regularly organizes panel sessions at various academic conferences, and holds its own annual meeting and conference.


Upcoming Events

Renaissance Society of America Annual Convention, 21-23 March 2024

The Dante Society of America is sponsoring five panel sessions at the 2024 Annual Convention of the Renaissance Society of America, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, 21-23 March 2023. Descriptions of each panel follow below.

The Canon(s) of Dante's Works
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 11:00am-12:30pm
Palmer House Hilton - Madison Room - Third Floor
Organizer: Filippo Gianferrari (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Chair: Laura Banella (University of Notre Dame)

  • Francesco Feriozzi (University of Notre Dame, Rome), "Fashioning Dante through His Latin Works: Early Approaches"
  • Dr. Calogero Giorgio Priolo (Università di Torino, Italy), "The Sixteenth-Century Dante Canon during the Seventeenth Century"
  • Giulia M. Cipriani (Johns Hopkins University), "How to Interpret Dante's Demons: The Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Commentaries to the Divine Comedy"
  • Deborah Parker (University of Virginia), "Loving by the Book: Dante's Vita Nuova in the Gilded Age"

Dante and the Jewish World, Dante in the Jewish World I
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Palmer House Hilton - Salon 10 - Third Floor
Organizer: Alberto Gelmi (Vassar College)
Chair: Gur Zak (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

  • Matteo Maselli (Università di Macerata), "Allegorical Hermeneutics with Apologetic Ends: The Case of Dante and Philo of Alexandria"
  • Dr. Alberto Gelmi (Vassar College), "Dantean Echoes in Late Sixteenth-Century Mantua: Abraham Yagel's A Valley of Vision"
  • Dr. Dana Fishkin (Touro University), "What's so Jewish about the 'Jewish Dante' (Immanuel of Rome)?"

Dante and the Jewish World, Dante in the Jewish World II
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Palmer House Hilton - Salon 10 - Third Floor
Organizer: Alberto Gelmi (Vassar College)
Chair: Justin Steinberg (University of Chicago)

  • Jilian Anne Pizzi (Columbia University), "The Deicide Charge and the Absence of Contemporary Jews in Dante's Commedia"
  • Giulia Gaimari (University of Toronto), "From Pietas to Tolerantia: Talking to the Other in Dante"
  • Fabian Roberto Alfie (University of Arizona), "'Sì che 'l Giudeo di voi tra voi non rida!': Jews as Aliens (Mostly!)"

Dante, Islamo-Judaic Rationalism, and the Renaissance
Friday, March 22, 2024, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Palmer House Hilton - Salon 4 - Third Floor
Organizer: Filippo Gianferrari (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Chair: Jason Aleksander (San Jose State University)

  • John Cornell (St. John's College), "Parody in Paradise: Dante's Portrait of Thomas Aquinas"
  • Olivia Holmes (Binghamton University), "Dante, Personal Immortality, and the Possible Intellect"
  • Alexander Eliot Schmid (Louisiana State University), "Dante, Islamic-Judaic Rationalism, and the Doctrine of Double Truth"
  • Gregory Stone (Louisiana State University), "No Peace, No Science: Casella's Song (Purgatory 1)"

Poetry at Play: Dante in Sports, Games, Songs, and Popular Culture
Friday, March 22, 2024, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Palmer House Hilton - Montrose 5 - Seventh Floor
Organizer: Filippo Gianferrari (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Chair: Filippo Gianferrari (University of California, Santa Cruz)

  • Donato Pirovano (Università di Milano), "A Blacksmith and a Donkey Maker: Clues to the Publication of the Comedy"
  • Francesco Brenna (Towson University), "Dante and the Ultras: The Divine Comedy in Soccer Fandom"
  • Francesco Ciabattoni (Georgetown University), "Between Song and Poetry: Dante in Caparezza and Vinicius de Moraes"

International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9-11, 2024

The 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies will be held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from May 9-11, 2024. The Dante Society of America has organized the three panel sessions and an evening lecture:

Dante (1)
Friday May 10, 2024
10:00-11:30 AM
Sangren Hall 4725
Sponsor: Dante Society of America
Presider: Alejandro Cuadrado (Yale University)
Organizer: Akash Kumar (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Samuel F. McMillan (Flagler College), "A Twisted Canon: Dante and the Authorship of Horror"
  • Matteo Ottaviani (McGill University), "Charting Dante’s Political Landscape: Chronicles as Crucial Narratives in Romagna"
  • Andrea Celli (University of Connecticut), "Climbing the Trees of Purgatorio: Early Commentaries and Visual Sources"
  • Kalena Holeman (University of Houston), "Katabasis in the Black Diaspora: Dante’s Pilgrim in Ellison’s Invisible Man and Walcott’s Omeros"

Dante (2)
Friday May 10, 2024
1:30-3:00 PM
Sangren Hall 4725
Sponsor: Dante Society of America
Presider: Akash Kumar (University of California, Berkeley)
Organizer: Akash Kumar (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Elizabeth Coggeshall (Florida State University), "Lorna Goodison’s Dante: A Case Study in Tradaptation"
  • Virginia Jewiss (Johns Hopkins University), "Dante’s Vita Nuova: Translations and Transpositions"
  • F. Regina Psaki (University of Oregon), "'Even a flicker of the blissful realm': Mary Jo Bang's Comedy and Its Readers"
  •       Respondent: Mary Jo Bang (Washington University in St. Louis)

Dante (3)
Friday May 10, 2024
3:30-5:00 PM
Sangren Hall 4725
Sponsor: Dante Society of America
Presider: Elizabeth Coggeshall (Florida State University)
Organizer: Akash Kumar (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Rookshar Myram (University of Notre Dame), "Beatrice and the Eyes of Contemplation: Dante’s Transformation in Paradiso 26"
  • Humberto Ballesteros, Hostos Community College, CUNY), "'Libertà vanno cercando': On Cato’s Guardianship of Purgatory in the Light of Piccarda’s Exemplum of Freedom"
  • Sally A. Tucker (University of California–Berkeley), "A Queer Femmina Balba: Unproductive Stasis and Queer Temporality in Dante’s Purgatorio"
  • Michael Sherberg (Washington University in St. Louis), "In the Center, at the Margin"


Dante Society of America Lecture
Friday May 10, 2024
7:00 PM
Sangren Hall 1910
Sponsor: Dante Society of America
Presider: Alison Cornish (New York University)

  • Martin Eisner (Duke University), "Black Limbo: Dante and Global Ethnic Studies"

Recorded Events

  • The 140th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America was held online on May 7, 2022. It was followed by a program commemorating Robert Hollander and John Freccero, two influential Dantists who died during the previous year. A videorecording of the meeting and program is available on the Society's
    YouTube channel.
  • The 139th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America was held online on May 16, 2021. A videorecording is available on the Society's
    YouTube channel.
  • Video recordings of sessions from the 2021 Annual Symposium of the Dante Society of America, "'Tra liti si lontani': Dante for the Americas," are available as a
    playlist
    on the Society's
    YouTube channel. The symposium was on hosted online by Harvard University in collaboration with the Society on 5-13 May 2021.
  • The 137th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America was held at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Presentations given during the associated symposium "Plurilingualism and Visibile Parlare" are available as a
    playlist
    on the Society's
    YouTube channel
    (note: due to technical difficulties, recordings of some presentations are not available).
  • The 136th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America was held at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Presentations given during the associated symposium "'Come il baccialier': Questioning and Professing Dante" are available as a
    playlist
    on the Society's
    YouTube channel.
  • The 135th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America was held at the University of Oregon on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Presentations given during the associated symposium "Translation in Dante / Dante in Translation" are available as a
    playlist
    on the Society's
    YouTube channel.

Past Meetings and Events

A listing of meetings and events sponsored by the Dante Society in previous years is available here.

Minutes and agenda for the Society's annual membership meetings since 2014 may be found under "About the Society."