Voices on Dante’s Inferno
A Journey towards the 700th Anniversary of the Poet’s Death (March 2019–March 2021)

organized by Zygmunt Barański, Maria Antonietta Terzoli, Vincenzo Vitale
(Universität Basel – University of Notre Dame)

To mark the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the Istituto di Italianistica dell’Università di Basilea and The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame have organized a critical reading of the Inferno that will take place at the University of Basel. This will be divided into five meetings, each of two and a half days, that are scheduled for the Spring and Autumn between March 2019 and March 2021.

The aim of the meetings is to assess and discuss the individual cantos. The discussions will bring together the speakers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students. On the first evening of each meeting, there will be a public lecture dedicated to the following topics connected to the Inferno. The lecturae and an edited version of the discussions will be published by Carocci of Rome in two volumes that will appear in September 2021.



  • Cantos XV-XXI
    Amore e colpa: la ‘Vita nova’, l’esperienza lirica e l’'Inferno’
    University of Basel,  11-13 March 2020

    The event was postponed to 9-11 September 2020.

  • Cantos XXII-XXVIII
    Dottrina e dannazione: il ‘Convivio’ e l’'Inferno’
    University of Basel, 21-23 October 2020
  • Cantos XXIX-XXXIV
    Il problema della lingua: il ‘De vulgari eloquentia’ e l'‘Inferno’
    University of Basel,  10-12 March2021