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Observatory on Dante Studies

the project

e più d’onore ancora assai mi fenno,
ch’e’ sì mi fecer de la loro schiera.
Commedia · Inferno IV 100-101

The Observatory on Dante Studies at Utrecht University (ODS) is a research project set up by Gandolfo Cascio in 2016. Its launch was funded by the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) through the the Talentontwikkeling programme.

The scope is to study and to interpret the legacy, reception and afterlife of Dante’s works: primarily among writers – as the epigraph placed on top of this page suggests -, but also within the musical and artistic circles, as well as its impact in popular culture (from commercials to video games).

The Observatory also intends to combine its research activity with academic teaching, in order to fully perform an act of societal impact. To achieve this aim, it engages with:

Since its start, ODS has become the meeting place for Dante scholars in the country and serves as partner for institutions abroad.

Commedia, MS 200, detail, XIV-XV century, 'Giusto Fontanini' fund, 
Civica Biblioteca Guarneriana, S. Daniele del Friuli.