Francesco Bausi was born and has carried out his studies in Florence; in 1993-1994 he was a Fellow at Villa I Tatti, where he also served from 2010 to 2014 as a member of the International Selection Committee. Currently, he teaches Italian Philology and Medieval Literature at the University of Calabria (Cosenza); from 2003 to 2006 he also taught Italian Philology at the University of Bologna; in 2015 he was Visiting Professor of Italian Literature at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore). Francesco Bausi is the director of the literary review «Interpres», which is devoted to the literature of the 15th century, and a member of the Editorial Board of the series “I Tatti Renaissance Library”. His main research area is medieval and renaissance literature, but he also frequently works on Italian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published critical and commented editions of works in Latin and Italian of Petrarch, Angelo Poliziano, Ugolino Verino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Niccolò Machiavelli and Erasmus. His most recent volumes are: Machiavelli (2005), Petrarca antimoderno (2008), Dante fra scienza e sapienza (2009), Umanesimo a Firenze nell’età di Lorenzo e Poliziano (2011), Il ‘Principe’ dallo scrittoio alla stampa (2015), Leggere il ‘Decameron’ (2017); and the critical editions of Erasmus’ Ciceronianus and of Poliziano’s Stanze per la giostra (both published in 2016).
Gabriele Federici is “cultore della materia” (Italian literature) at the Department of Humanities of the University of Turin. He also teaches Italian at the Liceo d’Adda in Varallo. Federici earned a laurea in modern literature at the University of Turin with a thesis on contemporary Italian literature, “L’emozione del viaggio. Giovanni Battista Bazzoni e le sue prose odeporiche.” He contributes to the international peer-reviewed journals of literary criticism Italianistica, Otto / Novecento, Carte di viaggio, Studi Romani, and Settentrione, a magazine of Italo – Finnish studies of the University of Turku. He edited unpublished 19th-century travel journals (Giambattista Bazzoni, Da Milano a Napoli, Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso, 2009; L’emozione dell’avventura, le esperienze di viaggio di Giacomo Carelli di Rocca Castello, Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso, 2014) and he edited the unpublished letters of scientists Pietro Calderini, Antonio Garbiglietti, Gioachino Toesca di Castellazzo and traveler Giuseppe Regaldi. Federici has also published essays on little known aspects of the literary production of Ugo Foscolo, Silvio Pellico, Mario Praz.
Isabelle Levy is a Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia. She studies the relationships among the Hebrew, Arabic, Italian, and Spanish literary traditions of the medieval Mediterranean, with particular emphasis on how medieval Jewish literature serves as both a mediator and innovator across these hybrid environs. She is currently writing a book on Jewish erotic literature of the medieval Mediterranean. She has articles in A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula, Volume II (“Hybridity through Poetry: Sefer ha-meshalim and the Status of Poetry in Medieval Iberia”) and in La corónica (“Romance Literature in Hebrew Language with an Arabic Twist: The First Story of Jacob ben El‘azar’s Sefer ha-meshalim”). Levy earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard (2014) and has held positions as Fulbright Fellow in Spain (2005-6), Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia (2015-2016), Medieval Fellow at Fordham University (2014-2015), the Stanley A. and Barbara B. Rabin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia (2016-2017), and lecturer at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies/Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia (Fall 2017).
Kristina Olson is Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University. Her research investigates the intersection of history and literature in the works of medieval and early modern Italian authors, paying particular attention to matters of language, gender and reception. She is the author of Courtesy Lost: Dante, Boccaccio and the Literature of History (published by University of Toronto Press in 2014); the co-editor of Boccaccio 1313-2013, published by Longo Editore in 2015; and several articles on Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch, as well as the artist Sandow Birk. Together with Christopher Kleinhenz, she is preparing a second edition of the MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy. She serves on the Council of the Dante Society of America (2015-18) and as Vice President of the American Boccaccio Association (2017-20).
Paulo de Tarso (Souza. P.T.C.V.) is a Brasilian researcher from UNICAMP, Brazil who lives and works in Campinas SP. He holds a BA in Architecture from PUC Campinas, SP, Brazil, an MS in Multimedia from UNICAMP University, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. He is also a graphic designer and painter. Paulo de Tarso’s research began by exploring a relationship between The Divine Comedy and the film Blade Runner and is now focused on the architecture of Hell based on Dante’s Inferno. His primary goal is to develop a 3D model to illuminate and explain certain passages in the poems of Dante Alighieri.
Arielle Saiber is Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures at Bowdoin College. She received her Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Yale University. Saiber’s books include Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language, Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy, and the co-edited anthology Images of Quattrocento Florence: Writings on Literature, History and Art. Her articles cover topics ranging from medieval and Renaissance literature and mathematics, literature & science, Renaissance advice manuals, and early print history, to Italian science fiction, genre theory, and experimental electronic music. In 2006 she built the web-based archive, Dante Today: Sightings and Citings of Dante’s Work in Contemporary Culture, which she now co-curates with Elizabeth Coggeshall. Saiber has served on the executive council and as Vice President of the Dante Society of America; on the executive board of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts; and on the executive committee of the Division of Literature and Science of the Modern Language Association. Her doctoral dissertation on Giordano Bruno won Yale’s Field Prize, and she received the Karofsky Prize for teaching at Bowdoin. She has been a fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Villa I Tatti – Harvard’s Center for Renaissance Studies. She also received an NEH Fellowship, the MLA’s Scaglione Publication Award, and the Newberry Library’s Weiss-Brown Publication Award for Measured Words. She is currently working on a book about symmetry as transformation in Dante’s Commedia.