2021 is the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. There has been an unprecedented number of events across the world celebrating the works and legacy of this medieval poet. The Department of Italian at Bristol and Early Italian Studies Research Cluster have worked together with selected artists to plan a distinctive contribution which considers the way in which Dante has been studied in the city in the past, and continues to be a focus for academic and impact-related studies in Bristol today.

The University of Bristol will host two events in October 2021 which are open to the public:

Tuesday 26 October, 5.30-8pm (Humanities Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol): Dante: libri nuovi – a celebration of Dante in Bristol, the poet’s connections to visual culture, and the launch of 8 specially-commissioned artists’ books. Register here.

Wednesday 27 October, 5-6.15pm (Zoom webinar): Tristan Kay (Bristol) in conversation with editors of the recently-published Oxford Handbook of Dante: Manuele Gragnolati (Paris-Sorbonne), Elena Lombardi (Oxford), Francesca Southerden (Oxford). Register here.

Click on the links at the top of this page for full details of both events.

We are very grateful to the Faculty of Arts at Bristol, the Institute for Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition, and the Society for Italian Studies, who have generously sponsored our events.

The event is organized in conjunction with the Centre for Material Texts, University of Bristol.

The banner image is from Kate Bernstein’s artist’s book, In One Volume (2021), edition of 12, supplied with permission of the artist. Photographed by Peter J Stone Photography.