Meetings and Events

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

We also include postings here about Dante-related conferences and events around the world. Please contact our secretary with information about your event:

Upcoming Events

  • The 136th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America will be held on Saturday morning, May 5, 2018 at Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Additional details will be posted here as they become available.
  • The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies will take place on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 10-13, 2018. The Dante Society of America has organized three panel sessions; please see below for details.

International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 10-13, 2018, Kalamazoo, Michigan | Panels organized by the Dante Society of America

Dante Studies I: Dante’s Appeals to Classical Sources
Session Chair: Albert Ascoli, University of California, Berkeley

  • Andrea Moudarres, University of California, Los Angeles, "Dante’s Curio: Empire and Civil War in Inferno 28 and Epistle 7"
  • Rory Sellgren, University of Leeds, "Expecting the ‘Unexpected’: Statius’s Salvation in Purgatorio 20-22"
  • Paul Smith, University of Massachusetts Lowell, "Dante Re-Sings Aeneid IV"
  • John Bugbee, University of Virginia, "Dante's Virgil on Free Will: What's Missing, and Why"

Dante Studies II: Corporeality, Materiality, Sin, and Suppression in the Divine Comedy
Session Chair: Rory Sellgren, University of Leeds

  • R. James Goldstein, Auburn University, "Il Tristo Buco: Sacred Parody and the Backdoor of Hell in Dante’s Inferno 34"
  • Denis Chuvilkin, State University of New York at Binghamton, "Discrete Gravity of Sin: On the Corporeality of Souls in The Divine Comedy"
  • Colleen Harris, California State University Channel Islands, "Woman, Embodied and Beatified: Using Feminist Depth Psychology as a Hermeneutic for Exploring the Figure of Beatrice Portinari"
  • Donna Distefano Thomas, Independent Scholar, "Dante and Gems"

Dante Studies III: Theological, Historical, and Pedagogical Contexts
Session Chair: Andrea Moudarres, University of California, Los Angeles 

  • Hans Boersma, Regent College, "Speech and Vision in Dante’s Transhumanizing Journey"
  • Giovanni Vedovotto, University of Notre Dame, "The ‘Anti-Franciscanism’ of the Simoniac Popes (Inferno 19)"
  • Vanessa DiMaggio, University of Pennsylvania, "Tyrants and Traitors in Inferno 34: The Renaissance Reception of Dante"
  • Henrike Lange, University of California, Berkeley, "Amor, ch'a nullo amato amar perdona: Teaching Medieval Texts in Virtual Worlds"

Past Meetings and Events

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