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Dublin Dante Summer School 2020 - Free online edition

Dublin Dante Summer School (DDSS)

Second Year: 23-26 June 2020

Journeying between Eternities: Dante’s Purgatorio

We are delighted to announce the launch of the second edition of the Dublin Dante Summer School (DDSS), which started last year (June 2019) and will run for another year (June 2021). 2021 will then mark the anniversary of Dante’s death with a special edition of our School. The project has received collaboration and financial support from Dublin Unesco City of Literature, the Italian Institute of Culture and the Italian Embassy in Dublin, The National University of Ireland, TCD Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, TCD School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, UCD College of Arts and Humanities, UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, The UCD Foundation for Italian Studies.

The Dante Summer School based in Dublin is meant to attract national and international attention to the Italian language, literature and culture through the study and teaching of Dante’s Divine Comedy, one of the poetic masterworks of Western culture.

This year, due to the current exceptional circumstances, there will be an online edition of the Dublin Dante Summer School. It will consist of four days with both recorded and live lectures, workshops, and events with internationally renowned scholars in the field of Dante studies, international writers, performers and artists, and IIC, TCD, UCD members of staff. Students and scholars from Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US will participate, too. The theme of this year is Journeying between Eternities: Dante’s Purgatorio.


Igor Candido (TCD), Francesco Lucioli (UCD), Renata Sperandio (IIC)

Dante School Officers:

Giulia Bonaldi, Gianluca Caccialupi, Cinzia Di Bucchianico, Anna Floridia

To participate, please register by email sending your contact details (your name, surname, and email address) to dublindanteschool@gmail.com . Those who will register by June 22nd will receive the a link and password to access this year’s free online edition of the Dublin Dante Summer School.


All recorded media contents will be posted daily from June 23 to 26 from 10.00 am (Irish time) and remain available for the entire duration of the Summer School.

Technical details to join the School will be provided upon registration.

Tuesday 23rd June:

Prof. Giulio Ferroni (Sapienza Università di Roma)

L’Italia di Dante. Viaggio nel paese della Commedia

Lecture in Italian (recorded)


Afternoon Presentation in Italian (live streaming)

Wednesday 24th June

Prof. Stefano Carrai (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Removing the First P: A Reading of Purgatorio XII


Morning Lecture in English (live streaming)


Afternoon Lecture in English (live streaming)


Dante for Everyone – Encounters organized by the Italian Institute of Culture

David McWilliams in conversation in English with Catherine Dunne on “Pandemics, Money, Economics and Dante’s World” (live streaming and recorded)

Thursday 25th June:

Prof. Jelena Todorović (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Purgatorio Between History and Theology

Lecture in English (recorded)


Afternoon Workshop in English (live streaming)


Dante for Everyone – Encounters at the Italian Institute of Culture

Ermanna Montanari and Marco Martinelli on “Performing Purgatorial Encounters” – event in Italian, presented by Edoardo Camurri (live streaming and recorded)

Friday 26th June:

Prof. Renzo Bragantini (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Visions and Dreams in Purgatorio, XIX

Lecture in English (recorded)


Afternoon Workshop in Italian (live streaming)


Dante for Everyone

Ideas for a future concert - A conversation in English with Axel Trolese and Carol-Anne Roussel on Dante, Franz Liszt, and Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco (live streaming and recorded)