On the Peak of Darkness: From the Abyss to the Light, with Dante

A one-day Dante workshop on 17 May 2014 jointly organized and presented by
Alessandro Scafi (Warburg), John Took (UCL) and Tabitha Tuckett (UCL)
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A one-day journey through the text of Dante's Divine Comedy. A first session in the morning on Dante's general cosmology through the three realms of the afterlife, on Dante's life and work and on the overall shape of the printed tradition, with the opportunity to view rare and early editions from the Dante Collection of UCL Library Special Collections. Then, in the afternoon, three more sessions devoted to the Inferno, the Purgatorio and the Paradiso, with a visual, linguistic and iconographic account of each canticle in turn and a discussion of the ideas governing each canticle. Readings will be in Italian and English.

Registration and payment: The standard price for the workshop is £25 (£12.50 concessionary rate for full-time students/retired) which includes lunch and refreshments. To register and pay online, please scroll down the page for details.

Attendance is free of charge for Warburg and UCL staff and students. To register please email: warburg(at)sas.ac.uk giving your name and your department (if you are a UCL member).



10.00 Registration

10.15 Introduction

10.30 Cosmology (Alessandro Scafi)

11.00 Dante’s life and work (John Took)

11.30 Coffee (Common Room)

12.00 The shape of the printed tradition (Tabitha Tuckett)

Display of early printed books (Classrooom 1)

13.00 Lunch (Common Room)

14.00 Hell

15.10 Purgatory

16.20 Tea (Common Room)

16.50 Heaven

18.00 Close

Fees and Registration

Conference fees
Unless otherwise stated conferences fees (which include coffee/tea, and a sandwich lunch) are as follows:

· One day conferences: £25 (£12.50 concessionary rate for full-time students/retired)

· Two day conferences: £40 (£25 for concessionary rate for full-time students/retired)

To check the details please visit the individual webpage for the conference you are interested in.

Conference catering: We provide a range of meat/fish and vegetarian rolls/sandwiches for lunch. If you have other dietary requirements please email warburg(at)sas.ac.uk at least ten days before the conference so that we can try to cater for your needs. 

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If you are registering for a 2 day conference but only wish to attend for one day, please email warburg(at)sas.ac.uk to register. In your email please say which day of the conference you wish to attend and whether you are standard or concessionary rate (as explained above under Conference fees).

If you are unable to pay online, you can pay by cheque or cash in advance of the conference, but only if you are based in the UK. Attendees from outside the UK must pay online in advance.

· To pay by cheque: please send your cheque made out to The University of London with a note of your name, email, phone number, name of your institution if relevant, and the name of the conference you wish to attend to: Warburg Events, The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB.

· To pay in cash: please visit the Institute to pay on weekdays from 10.00 to 13.00, or 14.00 to 17.00.


If you have any queries about the registration process please email: warburg(at)sas.ac.uk

Generously supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and UCL