The Dante Society of America regularly organizes panel sessions at various academic conferences, and holds its own annual meeting and conference.
As an allied organization of the Modern Language Association, the Dante Society of America has organized three panel sessions for the 2022 MLA Annual Convention, which will take place in Washington, DC, and online, from 6-9 January 2022. NOTE: On December 27, the DSA announced that all three of its sessions would be held online only; those who wish to attend virtually must still register for the convention and pay the applicable registration rate.
235V - Translations and Adaptations of Dante’s Comedy
Friday, 7 January 2022, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Anne Leone (Syracuse University), presider
543 - Multilingual and Multimedia Dante
Saturday, 8 January 2022, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Kristina Marie Olson (George Mason University), presider
648 - Animal Dante
Sunday, 9 January 2022, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Anne Leone (Syracuse University), presider
The 2022 Dante Society of America Symposium will take place in Sarasota, Florida, on March 3-5, 2022, as part of the New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies. The DSA will sponsor two panels and a keynote lecture, all of which will be held on Saturday, March 5.
We expect that all sessions will take place in person and on site. We are, of course, monitoring the global health crisis as it continues to unfold, and will plan for contingencies as needed. But the members of the organizing committee are hopeful that we will be able to welcome you safely to Florida in the spring.
Registration for the 2022 Conference will open in December 2021. Registration costs for most recent conference, held in 2020, were:
The theme of the 2022 DSA Symposium is “A lo stremo del mondo: Dante and the World.” The keynote speaker will be Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison. Former professor and MLA program director Dennis Looney will offer a response, which will be followed by audience Q&A.
Dante and the Global Middle Ages
This session seeks papers that read Dante’s works alongside and against contemporary texts in a trans-regional cultural landscape. The panel aims to continue the work of de-centering Dante’s Europe—removing his Italy from a Western Christian bloc and relocating it within a dynamic Mediterranean basin, where patterns of migration, commerce, pilgrimage, war, and enslavement brought about encounters and collisions of diverse mentalities from across the globe. Papers will address the following questions: How did intercultural exchange shape (or not) the Commedia’s understanding of “world”? What do we gain or lose from reading Dante’s works in light of the connectivity and mobility of the medieval world? What tensions emerge when we situate Dante’s works within local, regional, or globalized systems?
Dante as World Author?
Dante’s name frequently tops lists of the canon of “world authors,” those authors whose works have purportedly reached a “global” recognition (frequently understood to mean recognition within hegemonic Western categories of literary production and circulation). On the one hand, this is doubtlessly true, as testified by the worldwide celebrations of Dante and his works in the seventh centenary of his death. On the other hand, underpinning consideration of Dante as “world author” are assumptions about the “universality” of the ethical, social, theological, and cultural values his work promotes, as well as the reach of his works to audiences that are located, according to Western frameworks, “a lo stremo del mondo” (Paradiso 19.41).
This roundtable will discuss the value of considering Dante a “world author,” particularly in light of the commemorations of the poet and his works in the past year. In their contributions, roundtable participants might consider the following questions: With what measures can we assess Dante’s qualification as a “world author”? What are the limits to this status or qualification? What is the value of reading Dante’s works as situated within specific local Italian contexts, or as part of a transhistorical and transcultural continuum of Weltliteratur? How do politics and ethics shape such a reading, and how are these fields in turn impacted by reading Dante’s works in terms of his supposed world-author status? How might proponents of the global circulation, translation, and appropriation of Dante’s person, title, and texts answer charges of “presentism,” “Eurocentrism,” “colonialism,” “imperialism,” and other impositions of dominant cultural hierarchies and values? The aim is to provide a lively discussion, with short “lightning-talk” style presentations from contributors, followed by a longer moderated Q&A session.
As an associated organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Dante Society of America has organized four panel sessions for the 2022 RSA Annual Meeting, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland, from 30 March - 2 April 2022.
Dottrina: Poetics of Vernacular Learning In and After Dante I
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (IST)
Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College), chair
Dottrina: Poetics of Vernacular Learning In and After Dante II
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (IST)
Catherine Keen (University College London), chair
Julianna Visco (Princeton University), panel respondent
Dante and the Sciences of the Human: Medicine, Physics, Soul
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (IST)
Matteo Pace (Connecticut College), chair
Dante’s Thought in Context: Theology and Philosophy in Late-Medieval Italy
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (IST)
William Franke (Vanderbilt University), chair
The DSA will sponsor two sessions on Dante at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, May 9-14, 2022, and one themed session, organized by Matteo Pace, on “Dante and the Sciences of the Human.” Online registration will open in March.
Dante 1: Signs and Systems, Appropriation and Apprehension
Presider: Akash Kumar (IU Bloomington)
Dante 2: History, Theology, Conflict
Presider: Elizabeth Coggeshall (FSU)
Dante 3: Dante and the Sciences of the Human: Medicine, Physics, Soul
Presider: Matteo Pace (Connecticut College)
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."