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Visualising Posture in Dante's 'Comedy'

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Visualising Posture in Dante's 'Comedy': History, Theory, Practice

12th and 13th September 2014

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT.


Posture is a key signifier of spiritual and psychological states in Dante's Comedy. We aim to investigate the way in which these postures communicate by means of a range of interdisciplinary approaches:

  1. placing depictions of posture in Dante's work within medieval cultural contexts, in particular prayer practices;
  2. analysis of postures in manuscript illuminations and other selected illustrations and visualisations of the Comedy
  3. study of the embodiment of postures through staging selected episodes and consequent analysis by means of acting theory, kinesics, and concepts derived from recent work in neuroscience.

Conference Programme

The conference programme can be downloaded here: Conference Programme

Full details and Registration

The conference conveners are Heather Webb (University of Cambridge) and Vladimir Mirodan (Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London). It is sponsored by CRASSH, Central St Martins and the Cambridge Italian Research Network, and organised by CRASSH. Please visit the CRASSH website page for full details and to register online: Visualising Posture in Dante's Comedy.