Call for Papers – Tra liti sì lontani … Dante for the Americas

“Tra liti sì lontani … Dante for the Americas”
An international symposium marking the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death
6-8 May 2021
Hosted by Harvard University and the Dante Society of America

To mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death, the Dante Society of America and Harvard University are together organizing an international symposium on the reception and influence of Dante and his work from Canada to Chile from May 6-8, 2021. This collaboration commemorates the origins of “The Dante Society” in nineteenth-century Cambridge, but aims also to display the wider range of Dante’s presence as found in the Harvard collections. Yet our main goal is to highlight the reception of Dante in all parts of the Americas, and among readers of different intersectional identities. We welcome contributions that consider the poet’s legacy in a variety of different spheres – from the historical to the artistic, and from the private and to the public. We look for work that explores Dante in the life and imagination of the Americas, both learned and popular.

Contributions treating the reception of Dante in the Americas outside an Anglophone context are of particular interest. We encourage creative proposals, and will accommodate virtual formats as well as in-person presentations for those who may not be able to attend. Travel funds, especially for emerging scholars, may be available on a case-by-case basis.

Please note: The response to COVID-19 is a continuously evolving process. The organizers will continue to monitor local, national and international policies in order to guarantee speakers, colleagues and students the most productive conditions for both in-person and virtual participation, adopting if necessary a hybrid format.

Proposals must be submitted by October 15 via the conference website:

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