Observatory on Dante Studies

guest researchers


Scholars and students working in the field of Dante Studies are welcome to the Observatory, where they can conduct short term research.

During their stay, appointees will have the opportunity to experience the scholarly life at Utrecht University, have academic exchanges which will strengthen their network, have full access to the rich university library’s collections and other facilities.

On their part, they are expected to engage fully in the Observatory’s activities and in particular:

  • prepare an essay under tutoring (principal duty)
  • attend lectures and the Dante course
  • participate in the ODS annual conference presenting a poster of their project.


The study stay runs preferably from 1 November to 31 January of each year.

In this period the hosted researchers are affiliated with Utrecht University while continuing to be supported by their own home institution.


The project must represent advanced research. Criteria for selection shall include:

  • relevance of the topic to the ODS’s purposes
  • originality of insights and hermeneutics
  • methodological skill
  • relevance to digital humanities and/or transmedia
  • candidate’s curriculum vitae
Fellows are appointed by the coordinator, with the approval of the chair of the Italian Studies section, prof. H. Hendrix.


To apply, candidates will fill in this form with a description of their project, stated motivations and accompanied by an updated CV.



researcher: Alessandro Privitera, PhD candidate
institution: Università di Firenze 
period: 26 October 2022 – 3 February 2023; 1 - 31 May 2024  
title: La ricezione di Dante nel Cinquecento: il caso di Firenzuola  
additional output: book review in “Forum Italicum”

carried out

researcher: Angelo Campanella, PhD candidate
institution: Università di Palermo 
period: 1 November 2023 – 31 January 2024 
title: La ricezione di "Inferno" VIII nella produzione musicale di Caparezza
researcher: Stefano Bracci Testasecca, graduate 
institution: Utrecht University
period: 14 November 2022 – 3 February 2023
title: “Fierce Credulity”: Il ruolo di Dante ne «The Changing Light at Sandover» di James Merrill
additional output: Translation from James Merril  
researcher: Samuele Bonciani, graduate 
institution: Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
period: 1 February 2022 – 28 February 2022
title: Montale critico di Dante
researcher: Chiara Portesine, PhD candidate
institution: Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
period: 1 November 2021 – 3 December 2021
title: Il Canto V dell’Inferno riscritto da Antonio Porta e illustrato da Gianfranco Baruchello: appunti per un’indagine interdisciplinare
additional output: Dante e Baruchello: un dialogo a distanza | Dante and Baruchello: a dialogue at a distance, Rome, Arbor Editions, 2024, in press.
researcher: Francesco Guazzo, graduate 
institution: Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori - Università di Padova
period: 19 November – 18 December 2019
title: Per un primo regesto bibliografico ragionato degli studi danteschi di G.A. Borgese
researcher: Katia Riccardo, graduate 
institution: Utrecht University
period: 4 february – 28 June 2019
title: The Reception of Dante’s «Monarchia» in the Reflections upon Universal Monarchy in the Early Modern Dutch Humanism