Alessandro Scafi is giving a series of public lectures of Dante in Rome

Mon 12 March 2018

Alessandro Scafi Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural History, Warburg Institute, University of London is giving a series of public lectures of Dante at Theather Teatro Nazionale in Rome in April.

Alessandro Scafi has been Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural history at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London since 2007. He is the author of Mapping Paradise: A History of Heaven on Earth (London: British Library; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006; Winner: 2006 Awards for Excellence, Association of American Publishers; Italian transl. Milan: Bruno Mondadori, 2007) and Maps of Paradise (London: British Library; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013; German transl. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, WBG, 2015). He co-authored (with Veronica della Dora, Avril Maddrell and Heather Walton) Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage: Journeying to the Sacred (New York and London: Routledge, 2014) and edited The Cosmography of Paradise: The Other World from Ancient Mesopotamia to Medieval Europe (London: The Warburg Institute, 2016).

In addition to essays on various aspects of the history of cartography and the history of pilgrimage, Alessandro Scafi has published several articles on Aby Warburg, the relationship between the Italian and Hungarian Renaissances and on Italian art and literature, in particular on Dante and Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini. He produced an Italian translation of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini’s Dialogus de somnio quodam (Turin: Aragno, 2004). He has also authored publications intended for a wider readership, for example Eurodesign: Immagini, avventure e misteri della moneta europea (Milan: Bruno Mondadori, 2009), and Alla scoperta del paradiso: Un Atlante del cielo sulla terra (Palermo: Sellerio, 2011). He is the author of audioguides for museums and exhibitions and has been a contributor to a number of cultural broadcasts, for, among others, Arte, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, the BBC, Radio Rai, Swiss Radio and Vatican Radio. He contributes to The Times Literary Supplement, L’Osservatore Romano and Il Sole 24 Ore. He has presented papers at international conferences and has given public lectures in many countries, including Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Since 2011 he has run at the Warburg Institute (and since 2016 at the Italian Institute of Culture, London) with John Took a series of Dante public readings aimed at a general public.