Call for papers 2021/2

Guest editors

Prof. Beth Coggeshall (Florida State University), Prof. Akash Kumar (Indiana University)


Dante 700 years later: problems and perspectives of Digital Humanities


The issue is scheduled to be published in June 2022


The deadline for submission of proposals is March 31, 2022

Dante 700 years later: perspectives and problems of Digital Humanities

On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, the journal Aldus 2.0 wants to dedicate a monographic issue to the Florentine poet. The aim is to critically investigate the links between Digital Humanities and the poet’s works, as well as the research possibilities offered by the exegetical approaches implied by the use of new technological tools.

The use of online applications is now a common and pervasive practice on a global level, both in facilitating and in redefining accessibility to manuscript testimonials, printed texts, ancient and modern commentaries, archival and librarian materials. Therefore, the journal aims not only to celebrate Alighieri’s figure, but above all to underline how and to what extent the Digital Humanities have affected national and international Dante studies and the modus operandi of individual researchers. For this purpose, three thematic sections have been prepared, depicted below, designed to meet the heterogeneous types of research perspectives that have emerged from the union between Dante and the digital world.


The “Essays” section will consider contributions concerning the vast relation between Digital Humanities and Dante studies. The authors could investigate this relationship by considering a wide range of cases, taking into account both the consequences that the contribution of new technologies has on specific typological aspects of the text, and more general and technical issues. Preference will be given to proposals related, but not limited, to the following thematic contexts:

  • how digital resources can contribute to the development and diversification of philological and critical studies on Dante and how, in its turn, computer science is affected by contact with a textual tradition codified according to procedural schemes globally endorsed by the scientific community;
  • what are the limits and the risks of such hybridity and how can they be resolved (or controlled) in order to better characterize research on texts;
  • what are the implications that a collective and unmediated access to Dante’s works, allowed by the web, can have on the divulgation and/or on the reception of Alighieri’s lectio: from the advantages of a capillarization of the information among a heterogeneous public to the dangers of an attenuation of the critical reflection in the selection of the open access material;
  • what are, moreover, benefits and disadvantages of the use of online platforms for the promotion and realization of Dante meetings, conferences and seminars, and what are the advantages of digital technology in the teaching of Dante in school/university didactics during the pandemic;
  • studies on digital textuality in relation to the figure and works of Dante, both in an academic context and with reference to community projects of a divulgative nature;
  • critical examination of the current state of textual and iconographic digitization of manuscripts and printed texts of Dante’s works: case studies and working strategies.


The “Projects” section will host contributions aimed at examining digital products related to Dante’s universe (websites, digital scholarly editions, databases, electronic archives, etc.), which will also be included in a database of digital projects managed by Bembus. In the last few years, in fact, there have been many projects of digitization and practical application of Digital Humanities theories to Dante’s heritage, with interesting results that have stimulated several reflections by the scientific community. In addition to the presence of Italian research groups, particular attention should also be paid to the initiatives of foreign universities and research centers, which stand out for their varied and diversified proposals. Starting from the observation of initiatives pertaining to this field of study (such as DanteSearch, Dante Medieval Archive, DanteSources, Dante Lab Reader), the authors are asked to critically reflect on the range of action of these initiatives, on the influence exerted on more traditional disciplinary sectors, on the goals achieved and on new targets. Alongside the best-known web tools, those interested are also invited to propose works dealing with unpublished or little-known projects in the field of Dante textual digitization.


The “Reviews” section will give space to short examinations of canonical texts about Digital Humanities, with a focus on the contribution of these disciplines in the study of Dante’s figure and style. Particularly appreciated will also be reflections on single scientific articles or founding writings of the modern technological debate whose centrality is recognizable and acceptable for having laid the foundations or opened new lines of investigation within Dante’s philology and criticism.

Proposals, conforming to the journal’s editorial guidelines, must be sent by August 31, 2021, following the instructions specified on the web page. They can be written in Italian or English and have a length between 20,000 and 80,000 characters including spaces (including notes and bibliography) for the “Essays” section, and no more than 20,000 characters including spaces for “Projects” and “Reviews”. —For the “Projects” section, a brief presentation of the digital object is requested according to the instructions on the dedicated web page, whose data will be included in a database of projects managed by Bembus. The choice of the works to be published will be entrusted to a scientific committee of national and international experts and will respect the standards of double blind peer-review. The publication of the issue is scheduled for December 2021.

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