Workshop: Mediating Dante, University College Cork, 21 June, 2019

Please consider submitting proposals for short presentations at our workshop on ‘Mediating Dante’ to be held at University College Cork on 21 June.

This one-day workshop is designed to bring together researchers from fields including Dante Studies, Medieval Studies, Medievalism Studies, Reception Studies, Translation Studies, Visual Culture, and Film Studies to explore the many ways in which the works of Dante have been mediated over the centuries since the completion of his Divine Comedy, how these mediations are anticipated in Dante’s writing, and the impact of these mediations on cultural histories across and beyond Europe.

Dante’s works are thick with appeals to the reader, instructions for interpretation, visual frames of reference (calls to look, vivid ekphrasis). Throughout his corpus, Dante also engages with questions of translation, analysis, illumination, painting and sculpture, the material culture of manuscript production and circulation, and the afterlife of this own writing. Not only do the texts themselves raise these questions, but so too does the subsequent proliferation of commentaries, translations, adaptations, rewritings, illustrations, and other intermedial, inter- and transnational engagements with Dante’s works. From Botticelli’s C15th Disegni to Rachel Owen’s 2016 Illustrations, from Chaucer’s writings, to the works of Aimé Césaire, the mediated cultural presence of Dante is unavoidable.

We welcome proposals on the works of Dante as mediated through a range of artistic and material traditions, including manuscript, visual, cinematic, theatrical, musical, and literary. Proposals should be submitted to david.bowe@ucc.ie and federica.coluzzi@manchester.ac.uk by end of day Friday, 19 April.

We encourage proposals by post-graduate and early career researches and are able to offer at small number of travel bursaries of up to £90 for postgraduate and unwaged attendees thanks to the sponsorship of Medium Ævum (The Society for the Study of Medieval and Modern Languages) and CASiLaC (Center for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures, University College Cork)

We look forward to hearing from you,

David Bowe and Federica Coluzzi

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Ways of Seeing Dante

This is the home of an emerging interdisciplinary discussion of the works of Dante and the ways in which we encounter them today.

We will be hosting a series of conversations about the importance of visual, textual, and intellectual engagement in Dante’s works and in the history of their reception. In other words, we’re asking two questions:

  1. What are the various ways that Dante asks us to look at and read his own works?
    ‘Leva dunque, lettor, […] meco la vista’ [Lift up your eyes with me, then, reader] (Paradiso X, 7-8)
  2. In what was has Dante actually been viewed and read in the seven centuries since his death in 1321?

 

By bringing together specialists in literature, art history, music, theatre, film and media studies, and others, we will collectively explore the ways in which we keep returning to Dante as a model and influence for so many forms of art and so many intellectual endeavours.