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Dante’s Political Theology



Dante’s Political Theology

Dante’s Political Theology

Presented by The University of Chicagoin conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America

Saturday, May 2nd 2015Wieboldt Hall, Room 408

Elisa Brilli, Assistant Professor of Medieval Italian Literature, Department of Italian, University of Toronto. She is the author of Firenze e il profeta: Dante fra teologia e politica.

William Caferro, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, Vanderbilt University. His current book project examines the economic and cultural effects of warfare on fourteenth and fifteenth century Florence.Emanuele Coccia, Centre d’études des norms Juridiques “Yan Thomas” EHESS, Paris. He is the author, with Giorgio Agamben, of Angeli, Ebraismo, Cristianesimo, Islam.

Chiara Franceschini, Fernand Braudel Fellow, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris. She is the author of a forthcoming cultural history of Limbo, Storia del limbo. Teologia, società e cultura visiva in Occidente.Ronald Martinez, Professor of Italian Studies, Brown University. Professor Martinez most recently collaborated on a three-volume translation and commentary of the Divine Comedy. He is currently writing a study of Dante’s adaption of liturgy.

Diego Quaglioni, Law School, University of Trento. Author of numerous books on medieval law, justice, and political theory and the most recent editor of Dante’s Monarchia (2014).

10:30 Opening RemarksJustin Steinberg, Editor, Dante Studies; Professor of ItalianLiterature, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures,University of Chicago

10:45-12:30 Session 1“Law, Empire, Exegesis”Diego Quaglioni: “Dante’s Political Theology: from Convivio toMonarchia”William Caferro: “Dante, Riccobaldo and Empire”Respondent: Julius Kirshner, Professor Emeritus of Medieval andRenaissance History, Department of History, University of Chicago

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Session 2“Divine Governance: Dante’s Angels and Devils”Emanuele Coccia: “Holy Power: Angelic Power and Political Order”Ronald Martinez: “The Dionysian Supremacy: AngelicHierarchies and Civic Order in Dante’s Commedia”Respondent: Armando Maggi, Professor of Italian Literature,Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

3:00-3:10 Break

3:10-4:40 Session 3“Spatial Politics of the Afterlife”Elisa Brilli: “Rome: A Political-Theological Matter at theBeginning of the 14th Century”Chiara Franceschini: "Contested Liminalities: Space andSuspense in Inferno IV”Respondent: Daisy Delogu, Associate Professor of FrenchLiterature, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures,University of Chicago

4:40-5:00 Break

5:00-6:00 Round Table Discussion and Closing Remarks

For more information and for people who require assistance to attend pleasecontact Madison Hendren at Berkeley Terrill Distinguished Professorship


Date: Saturday, May 02, 2015

Entrance : Free