Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian (Dante Studies)

The Devers Program in Dante Studies of the University of Notre Dame invites applications for one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to be held from September 2023 for up to thirty-six months (2 years + 1 year renewable) to help in setting up and doing preparatory research for a major research project on the Canon of Dante’s Works, 1300–1600, under the leadership of Professors Laura Banella and Ted Cachey. The successful candidate will be primarily based at the University of Notre Dame Gateway in Rome (with the possibility of certain periods on the home campus in the U.S.),  and will have close ties with the Gateway Director Dr. Silvia Dall’Olio, and with Dr. Chiara Sbordoni, Italian Studies Faculty in the Gateway.

The research project aims to investigate the canon of Dante’s works, focusing specifically on the processes through which the canon was constructed between 1300 and 1600. The research will focus on the ways in which individual works have been attributed to Dante or not, on how Dante’s works have been organized, exploring the influence of canon formation on the interpretation and reception of Dante’s oeuvre over the centuries.

Applicants will be expected to have obtained or expect shortly to obtain a PhD with specialization in an aspect of Dante and Italian Studies or field relevant to the project. As well as expertise in Dante studies, native or near-native competency in English and in Italian is essential.


1. To conduct research as directed by the project’s leadership team.

2. To assist in the conceptualization of ideas and applications of the research.

3. To assist in the organization and staging of lectures, colloquia, and public engagement activities in collaboration with colleagues in the Rome Gateway.

4. To contribute to workshops, international conferences, and public engagement activities on the subject of the project.

5. To assist in establishing and developing contacts with individuals and institutions with an interest in the project’s central research questions.

6. To assist in planning for and developing written outcomes for the research.

7. To write several articles (the precise number to be established in consultation with the project leaders) based on research arising from the project.

8. To contribute to the editing of conference proceedings, to write chapters for these proceedings and/or journal special issue, website, and database.

9.  To teach in years two and three of the project according to need and opportunity.

10. To carry out any other duties appropriate to the role and level.

Apart from when on academic visits, the fellow will be expected normally to work in the University of Notre Dame Rome Gateway. The precise scope of the above duties will be agreed in consultation with the project leadership team.

Information about Italian at Notre Dame and about the Rome Gateway can be found here.

To apply for the position, please submit the following to Interfolio at a standard letter of application which addresses how the experience and previous research of the candidate are appropriate for the project, together with a CV.

Salary: TBD

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Laura Banella ( and to Professor Ted Cachey (

Closing date 15 April 2023

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