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Dante as a Political Theorist: Historicizing Theology and Theologizing Power

An International Symposium on "Monarchia"

Dante as a Poltical Theorist
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Launching The Global Dante Project of New York.

Morning at NYU (Casa Italiana);
Afternoon at COLUMBIA (Italian Academy).

Directors: Maria Luisa Ardizzone (NYU) & Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia).

New York University:
Department of Italian Studies
and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
and Medieval and Renaissance Center

Columbia University:
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
and Department of Italian

Conference Program
Please note: Some lectures presented in Italian with no translation
For abstracts please visit

8:30-1:00: Casa Italian Zerilli-Marimò, New York University
24 West 12th Street

2:45-6:30: Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia
1161 Amsterdam Avenue

Virginia Cox (Chair, Department of Italian Studies, NYU)
Stefano Albertini (Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, NYU)
Opening Remarks
Maria Luisa Ardizzone (NYU) & Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia)

First Session: 9:00-10:15
Chair: Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia University)
Jean Baptiste Brenet (Université de Paris 1-Panthéon, Sorbonne)
Dante e Averroè (Monarchia I, 3) : proposte per una nuova lettura (in Italian)
Federica Anichini (Fordham University)
Municipal Implications and Political Theories from the Vita Nova to the Monarchia
Justin Steinberg (University of Chicago)
Dante’s Theology of Miracles in Monarchia II.4: Law, Sovereignty, Violence

Second Session: 10:15-11:30
Chair: Virginia Cox (New York University)
Maria Luisa Ardizzone (New York University)
Wireless Communications: Invisible Links between Convivio and Monarchia
Warren Ginsberg (University of Oregon)
“Fenno una rota di sé tutti e trei”: Dialectic, Rhetoric, and History in the Monarchia
Iacopo Costa (CNRS-LEM, Villejuif-Commission Léonine, Paris)
Volontà dell’imperatore e libertà nell’impero (in Italian)

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

Third Session: 11:45-1:00
Chair: Andrea Tabarroni (Università di Udine)
Prue Shaw (University of Cambridge)
British Library ms. Add. 6891 of the Monarchia
Paolo Chiesa (Università di Milano)
Dante scienziato e Dante profeta: i tre prologhi della Monarchia (in Italian)
Francis Hittinger (Columbia University)
Dante as Critic of Political Economy in the Monarchia

At Columbia
Achille Varzi (Acting Academic Director, Italian Academy and Prof. of Philosophy, Columbia University)
Jo Ann Cavallo (Chair, Department of Italian, Columbia University)

Fourth Session: 3:00-4:15
Chair: Maria Luisa Ardizzone (New York University)
Andrea Tabarroni (Università di Udine)
“Magister Sex Principiorum” e il realismo delle Forme nel pensiero politico di Dante (in Italian)
William Caferro (Vanderbilt University and Italian Academy Fellow)
Dante, Empire and the Transfiguration of Charlemagne
Paola Ureni (The City University of New York)
Medicine and Politics in Dante's Monarchia

Fifth Session: 4:15-5:00
Chair: Justin Steinberg (University of Chicago)
Donatella Stocchi (University of Rochester)
Power and Right: Dante’s Monarchia and the Juridical Literature in the First Half of the 13th Century
Diego Quaglioni (Università di Trento)
Il realismo politico di Dante (in Italian)

Concluding Remarks
Teodolinda Barolini (Columbia University)

5:15-6:30 Reception

Event Date 
Fri, Mar 27, 2015, 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 W. 12th St., NYC 10011;
The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Av., NYC 10027
(Just south of 118th St.)

Free and open to the public