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ISCAD 4/ Dante Society of America, 2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium (Updated)

We are pleased to announce the details about the forthcoming ISCAD 4 and 137th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Dante Society of America.

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Saturday, May 4

8:30am – 9:00am Continental breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am 137th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America (open to DSA members only)

  • Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley), President, Dante Society of America

10:00am – 10:30am Greetings and Welcome

  • S. Bancheri (University of Toronto)
  • A. Ruggera (Istituto Italiano di Cultura)
  • E. Brilli (University of Toronto)

10:30am – 11:30am Keynote Lecture on Plurilingualism

  • Manuele Gragnolati (Paris IV – La Sorbonne), Dante’s Plurilngualism and the Complexity of Literature
  • Introduced by Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto)

11:30am – 12:00am Coffee Break

12:00am – 1:30pm Roundtable on Plurilingualism

  • Chair: William Robins (University of Toronto)
  • Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja (Harvard University), Plurilingualism and Readership
  • Gary Cestaro (DePaul University), Plurilingualism and Gender, Body and lingua materna
  • Francesca Southerden (Oxford University), Plurilingualism and Particularity

1:30pm – 2:30pm Buffet Lunch

2:30pm – 3:30pm Keynote Lecture 

  • Marcello Ciccuto (Università di Pisa & Società Dantesca Italiana), Giotto, Dante, Francesco da Barberino: alle fonti del ‘visibile parlare’
  • Introduced by Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley)

3:30pm – 4:00pm Coffee Break

4:00pm – 6:00pm Roundtable on Visibile Parlare

  • Chair: Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)
  • Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto), Visibile Parlare and Ekphrasis
  • Aida Audeh (Hamline University), Visibile Parlare and Visual Arts
  • Luca Fiorentini (Accademia dei Lincei), Visibile Parlare and the Secolare commento
  • Eloisa Morra (University of Toronto), Visibile Parlare and Twentieth Century Italian Visual Culture
  • Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College), Visibile Parlare and the Invisible

6:00pm Conclusions


Please refer to the ISCAD website for information on travel, lodging, parking, and meeting venues.

Contacts and Credits

Symposium convener

ISCAD committee

  • Elisa Brilli, University of Toronto
  • William Robins, University of Toronto
  • Justin Steinberg, University of Chicago

ISCAD research assistants

  • Kelsey Cunningham, University of Toronto
  • Sara Galli, University of Toronto

Local arrangements


This is a joint event organized by the Dante Society of America and the International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante (ISCAD), which has been based at the University of Toronto since 2015 and supported by a wide network both within and outside this institution:

ISCAD 2016-2017: Conference program (UPDATED)

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“Contrapasso” and “Allegoria”

University of Toronto, April 4-5, 2017

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Go to the special event 2016-2017.

April 4, morning. Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College, 100 St Joseph Street, Toronto. Open to the public.

9.30 – 10.00 WELCOME & GREETINGS

 S. Bancheri (University of Toronto & Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies), Dean Office (Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto) – TBC, S. Akbari (University of Toronto, CMS), R. Boyagoda (University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto), A. Ruggera (Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto)

10.00 – 10.30 OPENING REMARKS

Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)

10.30 – 12.00 CONTRAPASSO – Keynote conference
Chair: William Robins (Victoria University in the University of Toronto)
Keynote Speaker: Justin Steinberg (University of Chicago), Dante’s justice?

April 4, lunch break. Charbonnel Lounge in Elmsley Hall, St. Michael’s College – 81 St Mary Street, Toronto. By invitation.

April 4, afternoon. Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College – 100 St Joseph Street, Toronto. Open to the public.

2.00 – 3.30   CONTRAPASSO – Session I
Chair: Ch. Burnett (Warburg Institute, and W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholar at PIMS & CMS)


Enrico Raffaelli (University of Toronto Mississauga), Dante, Wīrāz, and the contrapasso: considerations on Modi’s Dante Papers

Heather Coffey (OCAD, Toronto), “Vedi come storpiato è Maometto!”: embodying “contrapasso” and its Limits in Canto XXVIII

Respondent: Bogdan Smarandache (University of Toronto)
3.30 – 4.00 COFFEE BREAK


4.00 – 6.30   CONTRAPASSO – Session 2
Chair:   Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)


  Giuliano Milani (University of Rome “La Sapienza”), Un “contrapasso” per Cante Gabrielli: la risposta di Dante al suo processo politico

Catherine Keen (University College London), Dante’s Brunetto Latini and Dialogues of Civic Engagement: Inferno XV and beyond

Filippo Gianferrari (University of Notre Dame), “Pugna pro patria”: Dante’s Cato, the Disticha Catonis, and the Heavenly Fatherland

Respondents:   Francesca Facchi (University of Toronto)

& Leah Faibisoff (University of Toronto)

April 4, evening. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies – 59 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto. By invitation.



With remarks from:


A. M. Hutchison (Academic Dean, PIMS)

R. Alway (Praeses, PIMS), J. Black (Editor, Mediaeval Studies), G. Dinkova-Bruun (Librarian and Editor, Journal of Medieval Latin), J. K. Farge (Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections), D. Kullmann (Editor, Toronto Studies in Romance Philology), M. Mulchahey (L. E. Boyle Chair in Manuscript studies), F. Pierno (Editor, Toronto Studies in Romance Philology), F. Unwalla (Editor in Chief of the PIMS publications);

and of Ch. Burnett (Warburg Institute, and W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholar at PIMS & CMS), K. Reynold (York University, and Visiting Scholar), A. Ricci (York University/PIMS Visiting Scholar), Giovanni Gasbarri (Mellon post-doctoral fellow).

April 5, morning. Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College – 100 St Joseph Street, Toronto. Open to the public.

8.00 – 8.30   COFFEE
8.30 – 10.00 ALLEGORIA – Session I
Chair: Jill Ross (University of Toronto)


Blaise Dufal (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Mythography and Moralization: the Allegory in Medieval Scholasticism

Paola Nasti (University of Reading), How real is fiction? Polysemy in Medieval Exegesis

Respondent: Anthony Fredette (University of Toronto)
10.00 – 10.30 COFFEE BREAK
10.30 – 12.00 ALLEGORIA – Keynote Conference
Chair: Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto)
Keynote Speaker: Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University), Dante’s Allegory: Between Philology and Philosophy. The Critical Perspectives of M. Barbi, E. Gilson, and Ch. Singleton

April 5, lunch break. Charbonnel Lounge in Elmsley Hall, St. Michael’s College – 81 St Mary Street, Toronto. By invitation.

April 5, afternoon. Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College – 100 St Joseph Street, Toronto. Open to the public.

2.00 – 3.30   ALLEGORIA – Session 2
Chair:   Konrad Eisenbichler (University of Toronto)


  Luca Fiorentini (Collège de France, Paris), La ricezione allegorica della Commedia nel corso del XIV secolo: dall’Epistola a Cangrande a Benvenuto da Imola

Johnny L. Bertolio (University of Toronto), Allegory and the Matter of Poetics: Dante as a Case-Study in Boccaccio and Bruni’s Perspectives

Respondent:   Sylvia Gaspari (University of Toronto)

April 5, evening. Town Hall, Innis College – 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto. Special Free event and open to the public.


Corinn Columpar, Welcome on behalf of the Cinema Studies Institute (University of Toronto), Alessandro Ruggera, Welcome on behalf of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Alberto Zambenedetti (University of Toronto), Introduction


L’Inferno (Dir. Bertolini, Padovan, Liguoro, 1911)

With live musical accompaniment by composer and artist Maurizio Guarini (Goblin)

More about the special event.

Organizing Committee

E. Brilli (University of Toronto), W. Robins (Victoria University & University of Toronto), J. Steinberg (University of Chicago & Editor-in-Chief, Dante Studies), A. Zambenedetti (University of Toronto)


Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)

Research Assistant

Benedetta Lamanna (University of Toronto)

Centre for Comparative Literature, Centre for Medieval Studies, Cinema Studies InstituteDepartment of Italian StudiesDepartment of Language StudiesEmilio Goggio Chair in Italian StudiesFaculty of Arts and ScienceIstituto italiano di Cultura di TorontoPontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities Research CouncilUniversity of Saint Michael’s College.