Major AHRC award for project Leeds collaboration project

The AHRC has awarded a major £974,000 grant for a project on Dante and theology in late medieval Florence, a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Warwick and Notre Dame.

The project, running from February 2012 to September 2015, will draw together a team of seven researchers to examine the ways in which theology was experienced in Florence in the period when Dante himself was engaged in theological study, 1280-1300, and to consider the ways in which these experiences are developed in Dante's masterpiece, the Commedia.

The project will be led by Dr Matthew Treherne (Leeds) as Principal Investigator, and Prof. Simon Gilson (Warwick) and Dr Claire Honess (Leeds) as Co-Investigators. It will employ two post-doctoral researchers and create two studentships for doctoral researchers.

The project includes activities with the public. "In Leeds we've greatly enjoyed running public events on our work on Dante," says Dr Treherne. "We want this project to be of benefit to anyone who's interested in Dante, Italian culture and the place of religion in social and cultural life, so we're delighted that we'll be able to put on a number of public events, and create web resources, to bring the fruits of our research to a wide audience and to share our enthusiasm for Dante."

For further information on the project, please contact Matthew Treherne (38612). Updates are also available on Twitter (@leedsdante) and via the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies Facebook page.

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