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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Acting Director

Senior Lecturer in Religion and the Arts, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London





Dr Vittorio Montemaggi is Senior Lecturer in Religion and the Arts in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London and Acting Director of the Von Hügel Institute. His work focuses primarily on the interdisciplinary intersection of theology and the arts. He has written widely on Dante’s Commedia, and is currently particularly interested in engaging with this text theologically in the light of contemporary concerns with mental health, social justice and inter-religious dialogue. His work also engages with authors as different as Primo Levi, Shakespeare, Roberto Benigni, Catherine of Siena, Duccio and Gregory the Great.

Prior to his current appointments, Dr Montemaggi taught Religion and Literature at the University of Notre Dame; and before that held a Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge and taught Italian literature at the University of Leicester and Theology at the University of Cambridge. He received his training in Theology and Religious Studies and in European Literature while a student at Robinson College, Cambridge, where he is now also a Senior Member.





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