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Michaelmas Term Card 2021


    Michaelmas Term 2021

  Guide to all Italy-related events

In order to provide you with a useful guide, the following list comprises all events organised by ISO and other Italian-related associations:



Monday 8 November, 5:15pm (UK time)

in collaboration with the Italian Sub-faculty:

Rachel Owen: Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno

Pembroke College (Harold Lee Room)

We will discuss the recent publication of Rachel Owen’s illustrations for Dante’s Inferno (Bodleian Lilbrary Publishing, 2021). The editor, David Bowe, will join us for a roundtable discussion on the exceptional work of former Oxford tutor Rachel Owen, whose prints will be exhibited in the Harold Lee Room as of 4pm for those who would like to peruse them before the event starts.

Chair: Guido Bonsaver; Discussants: David Bowe, Rebecca Bowen, Fiona Whitehouse, and Jamie McKendrick

*Drinks will follow - ALL WELCOME*

In-person event: please email to book your place


Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 November

Andrea Zanzotto’s Poetic Clusters

Pembroke College

While celebrating the centenary of the poet’s birth, this two-day conference seeks to elicit discussion on the multi-faceted importance of Zanzotto’s writing and thought.

The full official programme will be circulated shortly.




Seminars take place on Mondays at 5.15pm at Wellington Square and via Teams (links will be circulated before each seminar)


Week 6 (15 Nov)

Morena Corradi (Queens College) – Il lungo Ottocento

*This event will be in Italian*


Week 7 (22 Nov)

Prof. Tristan Kay (Bristol) — Dante and the idea of Italy


Week 8 (29 Nov)

‘Work in progress’ — Third-year DPhil students will present their research findings



The following lectures will be given online and will start at 8pm.


Monday 18 October

Professor Peter Hainsworth

‘John Dickson Batten’s Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno’

Meeting ID: 817 0276 5406

Passcode: 127810


Thursday 11 November

Professor Joe Farrell

Presentation of Joe Farrell’s book, Honour and the Sword. The Culture of Duelling (Signal Books, 2021)

Meeting ID: 818 9566 9917

Passcode: 043589



This year marks 700 years since the death of our sommo poeta. These events are to commemorate his life and works.

Manuscript to Manga

Exhibition running until 14 Nov 2021

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library


Illustrating Dante’s Divine Comedy

Exhibition running until 17 Dec 2021

Taylorian Institution Library


Dante and the Invention of Celebrity

Exhibition (17 Sept 2021 – 9 Jan 2022)

Ashmolean Museum


‘John Dickson Batten: Illustrations for Dante's Inferno'

6, 7, 13, 14 November 10am-5pm, 10 November 4-5pm, 1-5 and 8-12 November by appointment (contact See:

Lady Margaret Hall, Jerwood Room


‘Dante in Christ Church’

Exhibition from 1 October to 19 December 2021

Christ Church Library and Picture Gallery:


Dante at Oxford

Illustrated public talks by Laura Banella (Oxford) and Nick Havely (York)

1 November 2021 (12pm)

Taylorian Library


Dante on Film

Showing of the Harry Lachman 1935 Dante’s Inferno

3 November (5pm)

Magdalen College Auditorium


Dante and Dance - ‘Ainsi la Nuit’

Screening of the ballet by Luc Petton inspired by the Divine Comedy

Thursday 4 November 2021 (5-6:30pm)

Weston Library Lecture Theatre Bodleian Libraries


‘Dante, Culture and the People’

Paget Toynbee Public Lecture by Prof. Lino Pertile (Harvard) followed by reception and launch of Dante Beyond Borders, a collection of centenary essays by members of Oxford Dante Society and American and German Dante Societies (

9 November (5pm)

Taylor Institution (venue TBC)


‘After Dante: Poets in Purgatory’

Book launch and readings. Translations of the Purgatorio by contemporary poets

10 November (4-7pm)

Lady Margaret Hall, Talbot Hall


Serata Dantesca: a Sequence of Poetry, Music and Dance

13 November (7:30pm)

Holywell Music Room (Tickets via Eventbrite)


Dante: The Art and Science of Light

In Conversation with Martin Kemp and Simon Gilson

30 November (5pm)

Holywell Music Room and live online


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