April 12, 2023
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10 AM – WELCOME & GREETINGS
Luca Somigli (Italian Studies and Goggio Chair)
Fr. Augustine Thompson (Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies, Praeses)
Veronica Manson (Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Director)
10:30 AM – OPENING REMARKS
Elisa Brilli & Giulia Gaimari (University of Toronto)
11 AM – OPENING LECTURE
Gur Zak (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Dante’s Political Emotions: Compassion, Envy, and Community in the Purgatorio”
12 PM – LUNCH BREAK
2 PM – SESSION 1
Chair: Giulia Gaimari (University of Toronto)
Beth Coggeshall (Florida State University), “Negotiating Friendships in Dante’s Italy”
Giuliano Milani (Université Gustave Eiffel), “Building Communities Through Shame. On the Tenzone with Forese”
Respondent: Eva Plesnik (University of Toronto, Ph.D. student)
3:30 PM – COFFEE BREAK
4 PM – SESSION 2
Chair: Konrad Eisenbichler (University of Toronto)
Paolo Borsa (Université de Fribourg), “Love and Hope in Dante’s Lyric Poetry”
Giulia Gaimari (University of Toronto), “‘Propuosi di farlo sentire’: Feeling Together in Dante’s Vita Nova”
Respondent: Mia Lofranco (University of Toronto, Ph.D. student)
6 PM – “How does it feel? Dante’s Emotions Today” EXHIBITION OPENING & RECEPTION*
In partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura / Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto, 496 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5R 2R3.
*This event is reserved for conference participants. The general audience is welcome to visit the exhibition on April 13-21. Admission to the exhibition is free, but tickets must be booked on Eventbrite (slots of 30 minutes for the VR experience). https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/594138001757
April 13, 2023
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9 AM – SESSION 3
Chair: Justin Steinberg (University of Chicago)
Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto), “Civitas: An Emotional Definition of Dante’s Political Vocabulary”
Laura Banella (University of Notre Dame), “Dante’s Ideal Lyric Community between the De Vulgari Eloquentia and the Commedia”
Respondent: Alice Martignoni (University of Toronto, Ph.D. student)
10:30 AM – COFFEE BREAK
11 AM – SESSION 4
Chair: Laura Ingallinella (University of Toronto)
Kristina Olson (George Mason University), “‘Da lingua che chiami mamma o babbo’: Paternal Grief and Affect in Dante”
Roberto Rea (University of Rome Tor Vergata), “Dante’s Sins: Emotions and Redemption in the Comedy”
Respondent: Alex Bermudez Manjarres (University of Toronto, Ph.D. student)
12:30 PM – LUNCH BREAK
4:00 PM – CLOSING LECTURE (USMC DANTE LECTURE: SPECIAL EDITION)
Introduced by Irene Morra (Principal of Saint Michael’s College in the University of Toronto) & Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)
Heather Webb (University of Cambridge), “Dante’s Affective Communities”
6 PM – CLOSING RECEPTION*
Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies, Laurence K. Shook Common Room, 59 Queen’s Park Cres E, Toronto, ON M5S 2C4.
*This event is reserved for conference participants.
To read the abstracts of the papers and discover more about ISCAD’s speakers, Download the Conference Booklet here.
With the support of the Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto, the University of Saint Michael’s College, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, the U of T, Vice-President, International, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
Conveners of the 2023 edition: Elisa Brilli, Giulia Gaimari, Paolo Granata, Laura Ingallinella, Justin Steinberg and William Robins.