Dec 2 | Symposium: Make it New: The Many Dantes of the Twenty-First Century


Make it New: The Many Dantes of the Twenty-First Century

Friday, December 2 (9:45 AM – 6:30 PM)

A Two-Day International Conference at New York University and Columbia University

The Seventh Edition of The Global Dante Project of New York

Directors: Maria Luisa Ardizzone (NYU) & Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia)

PRESENTED BY NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: Department of Italian Studies; Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; Medieval and Renaissance Center

IN COLLABORATION WITH COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Department of Italian; Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America


Click here to register.

Fri, Dec 2, at COLUMBIA (Italian Academy) 

Welcome 9:45

Panel I 10:00-11:15

Chair: Paola Ureni (The City University of New York)

Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia University)
Aristotle’s Wind: Nicomachean Ethics 3.1 and Dante on Voluntary and Involuntary Action (Inferno 5 and Paradiso 3-5)

Roberto Antonelli (Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”)
A New and Ancient Dante: The Poet-Judge


Break 11:15-11:30


Panel II 11:30-12:45

Chair: Paola Ureni, The City University of New York, NY

Roberta Morosini (Università degli Studi L’Orientale di Napoli)
On Poetry and Navigation in the Commedia: Hypsipyle, Jason the Plowman, and Dante the Seafarer

Alessandro Vettori (Rutgers University)
Manfredi’s Cleft Eyebrow: Church Injustice and Divine Mercy


Break 12:45-2:00


Panel III 2:00-3:15

Chair: Julie Van Peteghem (The City University of New York)

Julianna Visco (Princeton University)
Practices of Making: Lexical Craft in Dante’s Commedia

Jason Aleksander (San Jose State University)
The Complex Relationship between Agency (or Will) and Personal Identity in The Divine Comedy


Break 3:15-3:30


Panel IV 3:30-5:15

Chair: Julie Van Peteghem, The City University of New York, NY

Susanna Barsella (Fordham University)
The Sweet Wind of Eden. Creation, Fall, and Cosmology in the Commedia

Kristina Olson (George Mason University)
Making Gender: Diviners, Weavers, and the Transgender Women and Men of Inferno

Gur Zak (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Sapìa’s Sin: Compassion and Community in Purgatorio 13 and Beyond

Click here for the full program for both days, including Thu, Dec 1, at NYU (Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò).

Previous annual symposia, Global Dante Project of New York:

2021 (originally planned for 2020): Epistles, Eclogues, Questio: Dante’s Epistles and His Latin Works of the Last Years
2019: Rime: Dante’s Workshop of the Heart 
2018: Convivio: Dante’s Philosophical Treatise 
2017: De vulgari eloquentia: Dante’s Laboratory of Vernacular Speech
2016: Vita Nuova: Archeologies of a Text
2015: Dante as a Political Theorist: Historicizing Theology and Theologizing Power

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