Mediating Dante Study Day Programme

We’re to announce the programme for our Mediating Dante study day, sponsored by CASiLaC (the Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures) and Medium Ævum (the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literatures) to be held in room 1.24 of the O’Rahilly Building at University College Cork.

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10.30 Registration/Welcome

11 -12.45 Session 1: Invitations

Discussant: Daragh O’Connell (UCC)

Katherine Powlesland (Cambridge), ‘Dante and videogames: the unrealised potential of the virtual Inferno

David Bowe (UCC), ‘A More Immediate Inferno: Rachel Owen’s Inferno Illustrations

Helena Philips-Robins (Cambridge), ‘Visual Invitations to Prayer in the Yates Thompson Commedia

Nicole Adair (UC Berkeley),  ‘Virtual Dante: Exploring and Recreating the Commedia in Virtual Reality’

12.45-1.30 Lunch

1.30-3.15 Session 2: Realisations

Discussant: Anne O’Conner (NUI Galway)

Jennifer Rushworth (UCL), ‘Nel mezzo: Thoughts on Middleness and Mediation’

Federica Coluzzi (Manchester), ‘Beyond Rossetti: Evelyn Paul’s Typographic Interpretation of the Vita Nuova

Sara Fontana (Verona), ‘Dante in Comics’

Heather Webb (Cambridge), ‘Remediations of reaching in Dante’s Purgatorio

3.15-3.30 Coffee

3.30-4.30 Discussion


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 and 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