‘Re-Reading Dante’s Vita nova’ 2, Friday 10 November, 2.00-5.00 pm, UCL

Updates on our next event in the #VitanovaUK series at UCL, 10 November, 2-5pm

Re-reading Dante's Vita nova

The Seminar is being hosted by UCL’s Institute for Advanced Studies, in the ‘Common Ground’ seminar space, Wilkins Building South Wing, UCL. The chapters proposed for close discussion this time are Vita nova ch. 5-12 (Barbi’s numbering), and the speakers will include (in alphabetical order) Giulia Gaimari, Catherine Keen, Jennifer Rushworth, and John Took.

Plans for the day are being finalised, so watch this space for a full formal programme. Meanwhile, please save the date, and spread the word.

RP-P-1931-2038 ‘Portrait of Dante and Beatrice’, by Bernard Essers, 1922 (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

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Beyond Between Men: A symposium report – and a call to arms

A helpfully detailed conference report from a fascinating sounding conference, which I was sad not to be able to attend.

Rachel E. Moss

“Frynd synd on eorþan, / leofe lifgende leger weardiað”
[There are friends/lovers on earth, / dear ones living who lie in bed (together)]
The Wife’s Lament, a tenth-century Old English poem

conference The definitely-not-homosocial social space of the conference: relaxing over dinner

In Oxford, around 30 scholars from several disciplines, working on periods ranging from the early medieval to the near-contemporary, met to attend Beyond Between Men: Homosociality Across Time on the what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far – Monday 19 June. The Radcliffe Humanities Building, usually an airy space, gradually took on the feeling of a steam room as the day progressed. Yet delegates – with fans improvised out of the programme, slurping water and wryly tweeting pictures of the Circles of Hell – gamely stayed engaged from 9.30pm to 6pm, through an incredibly packed schedule. A plenary paper, twelve papers…

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First event, Leeds, 28 April 2017

The programme for the first Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova event is out! #VitanovaUK

Re-reading Dante's Vita nova

We’re very pleased to announce the programme for the first event in the ‘Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova‘ series. We’ll be meeting in the Research Hub at the University of Leeds from 2pm (full details on the poster below), and we welcome you to join us there!

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There will be presentations from members of the Italian programme at Leeds and the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, followed by ample opportunity for a discussion of the start of Dante’s little book, the Vita nova.

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Rereading Dante’s Vita nova

I want to take a moment to introduce a new Dante project taking place over the next two years, led by researchers from eight universities, and involving colleagues from even more institutions. This ambitious network will go back to the Florentine poet’s ‘little book’ and, through rereading Dante’s Vita nova in it’s historical, intellectual, material, literary context and afterlife will reconsider the import of Dante’s (probably) first foray into long form literary production.

Source: The Project

Women on the Verge, University of Manchester

Fascinating call for papers on “the concept of femininity and gender representations, which are socially, geographically and culturally embedded. Furthermore, it focuses on the re-appreciation of women as creative and professional figures within the literary environment and the cultural marketplace (artists, authors, publishers, editors, translators and so forth).”

 

The University of Manchester, 16th June 2017 We are proud to announce Women on the Verge: Transformations in Literature, Gender and Society, the first of a planned series of one-day conferences aim…

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CFP: Beyond Between Men, 19 June 2017

This looks like it will be a really interesting day!

BEYOND BETWEEN MEN

Beyond Between Men: Homosociality Across Time

University of Oxford, Monday 19 June 2017

Since the publication of Eve Sedgwick’s groundbreaking 1985 work Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire, ‘homosociality’ has become a regularly-used shorthand term for social bonds between persons of the same gender, and for the hegemonic norms that result from those social bonds. Despite this, academic discourse on homosociality in its historic context is surprisingly underdeveloped. Homosocial relationships and spaces do not just naturally manifest: they must be introduced, maintained, and developed in a variety of social contexts. That it is often assumed that homosociality simply ‘happens’ is a result of the internalisation of the cultural discourse that makes gender solidarity – in its most basic form, needing ‘girl time’ or ‘guy time’ – seem obvious and natural, when in fact promoting and maintaining (and in rarer contexts, deliberately dismantling) homosocial relationships and spaces requires…

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URGENT! Petition to Protect Birgittine Manuscripts at Altomünster

The Syon Abbey Society

The Birgittine library at Altomünster is at immanent risk. Only recently discovered by scholars, this women’s library contains an irreplaceable ensemble of books and other materials that can extend our knowledge of late-medieval women’s experiences.

To sign a petition go to the following site:

https://www.change.org/p/roman-catholic-archdiocese-munich-and-freising-newly-discovered-birgittine-manuscripts-at-risk-monastery-altom%C3%BCnster-germany

To read more about the situation:

https://asu.academia.edu/CorineSchleif

[Notification sent in by Society members Corine Schleif, Michelle Urberg, and Volker Schier]

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