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Centers and research groups

Centro Internazionale di Studi Umanistici “Umberto Eco” - International Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities ‘‘Umberto Eco’’ (CUE) – University of Bologna

1Director: Prof. Costantino Marmo. Research topics: CUE is an institution of the University of Bologna that combines high-level scientific research and specialized teaching training in the humanities. The Center was officially inaugurated in April 2017, built on the legacy of the already existing School of Humanities, founded by Umberto Eco. The main purpose of the Center is to promote research, study, documentation, dissemination and in-depth study initiatives, both nationally and internationally, on issues related to Umberto Eco’s work and interests. In addition — in continuity with the past — it also has the broader objective of promoting and hosting scientific initiatives for higher education and research in all of the humanities. Within this framework, it organizes conferences and seminars at national and international level, as well as highly qualified teaching activities for PhDs, postgraduate and specialization courses. Website: Facebook page:​scuolasuperiorestudiumanistici?fref=ts

Circolo Semiologico Siciliano

2The activities of the “Circolo Semiologico Siciliano” have focused on socio-semiotics of gastronomy, media, design, brand, space and urban spaces through scholar publications, seminars and conferences. Website:

CROSS - Centro di Ricerca “Omar Calabrese” di Semiotica e Scienze dell’immagine

3Inter-university research center involving Università degli Studi di Siena (c.p.: Tarcisio Lancioni), Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (c.p.: Lucia Corrain), Università IUAV di Venezia (c.p.: Angela Mengoni). The Center is devoted to the investigation of semiotics, aesthetics, visual studies, theories of arts and culture. It involves researchers from the three associated universities, and many other collaborations from Italy and abroad. Website: Facebook page:​centro.omarcalabrese

Centro Universitario Bolognese di Etnosemiotica (C.U.B.E.)

4Interests: Development of the ethnosemiotic research. Most relevant activities: Ethnosemiotics of museums. Website:​.

Federazione Romanza di Semiotica (FEDROS)

5Bureau. Isabella Pezzini (Rome), President, Ana Claudia Mei Oliveira (Sao Paulo), Vice-President, Didier Tsala-Effa (Limoges), General Secretary, Oztokat Kiliceri Nedret (Istanbul), Treasurer. The Romance Federation of Semiotics (FedRoS) promotes research, bringing together groups and semiotic research centers that develop their work mainly in the Romance languages. The semiotics practiced in this cultural area integrates the intellectual movements developed in the human and social sciences during the 20th and 21st centuries in the linguistic, anthropological, and philosophical domains without excluding other disciplines. The sharing of these references derives from a common epistemological foundation in structuralism, which ensures mutual understanding and guarantees communicability. By using shared databases, FedRoS facilitates the deployment of research projects and supports, after a favorable opinion of its scientific council, proposals submitted by one or more of its members. Facebook page:​groups/​2824601017598931/​.

Knowledge and Cognition (University of Bologna)

6Department of Philosophy and Communication of the University of Bologna. Director: Prof. Luisa Lugli (Prof. Claudio Paolucci is a member of the scientific committee). Research topics: Interdisciplinary center studying emerging forms of knowledge and cognition.

LAboratorio Romano di Semiotica (LARS)

7LARS has been established in Rome in July 2014 in order to make research group’s activities more structured and recognizable. The reference team is currently composed by: Isabella Pezzini (President) / Riccardo Bertolotti (Secretary)/; Tiziana Barone/ Elia Cornelio Marì/ Vincenza Del Marco/ Riccardo Finocchi/ Cristina Greco/ Paolo Peverini/ Maddalena Rinaldi/ Franciscu Sedda/ Paolo Sorrentino/ Ilaria Tani/ Bianca Terracciano/ Luigi Virgolin. Facebook page:​larsemiotica/​. Website:​gruppo-di-ricerca.html.

Media e Visual Studies (Dipartimento di Comunicazione ed Economia, UNIMORE)

8From the 15th of October 2019. Members: Cinzia Bianchi, Nicola Dusi, Federico Montanari, Ruggero Ragonese.

Relab Media - Home Movies (Dipartimento di Comunicazione ed Economia, UNIMORE)

9Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia, ISTORECO – Istituto per la Storia della Resistenza e della Società contemporanea in provincia di Reggio Emilia (a.a. 2017-2020). Scientific head: Nicola Dusi. Institutional research project (three years) for the la “Digitalizzazione degli audiovisivi presenti nel ‘Fondo Reggiane’; the valorisation of the digitised documents; the cataloguing and insertion of the digitised materials in the database created specifically for the l’Archivio digitale Reggiane; the production of a web-documentary on the l’Archivio digitale Reggiane. From 01-02-2017 to 31/01/2020.

Research group, course of Semiotica della città e dei luoghi di consumo (Semiotics of the City and Consumer Places) - a.a. 2018/2019

10Premises: c/o Isabella Pezzini - CORIS - Dipartimento di Comunicazione e Ricerca Sociale (Department of Communication and Social Research) Sapienza University of Rome.

Spazio urbano, creatività e media (Urban Space, Creativity and Media)

11Year of foundation: 2017 - Scientific leader: Isabella Pezzini. Scientific committee: Ciriaco Campus, Claudio Crescentini, Ana Claudia Mei Alves de Oliveira, Maria Giuseppina Di Monte, Paolo Fabbri, Anna Maria Lorusso, Jorge Lozano, Gianfranco Marrone, Luca Massidda, Neyla Pardo, Patrizia Violi, Annalisa Metta. Website:​unit-di-ricerca/​18386.

TraMe – Centre of Semiotic Studies on Cultural Memories, University of Bologna

12Department of Philosophy and Communication of the University of Bologna. Director: Prof. Cristina Demaria. - Scientific Advisor: Prof. Patrizia Violi. Research topics: to create, promote and coordinate semiotic and interdisciplinary research on cultural memory, with particular attention to the semiotic-communicative analysis of texts, spaces, genres and practices, representation of individual and collective memory, in conflict and post-conflict, political violence and cultural trauma situations. Facebook page:​centrotrame/​.

Faces Aesthetics in Contemporary E-Technological Societies (FACETS)

13Research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No 819649 - FACETS, PI Massimo LEONE). Website:​. Facebook page:​facetsunito/​. Other material:​FACETSERC.

New Models of Sanctity in Italy (1960s-2000s) (NeMoSanctI)

14A Semiotic Analysis of Norms, Causes of Saints, Hagiography, and Narratives. ERC funded project (grant agreement No. 757314); Principal Investigator (PI): Jenny Ponzo. Website: Facebook page:​nemosancti/​. Other material:​youtube-nemosancti.

Communication for Food Protection (Comfection)

15A EU-funded research project led by Simona Stano, in collaboration with the University of Turin (UNITO) and New York University (NYU). Website: Facebook page:​COMFECTION/​.

University of Cagliari

16The research in Semiotics within the Department of literature, languages, and cultural heritage of the University of Cagliari, through a cultural approach exploits the structural and interpretative contributions of the discipline while maintaining a constant dialogue with other fields of knowledge (philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, history etc.).

17The research lines concern various projects and fields of investigation:

  • the development of a general semiotic theory, with particular reference to translation as a key concept in the processes of meaning generation;

  • the development of a semiotics of cultural formations, with particular attention to national and island cultures;

  • the relationship between globalization and localization phenomena, read through the concept of glocalization;

  • the relationship between media and identity construction, with particular attention to the relationship between populism and social communication, also through structured cooperation with the Paulista University of São Paulo, the University of Paris and the one of Potsdam;

  • the study of spatiality and in particular of cities as places of memory, innovation and cultural transformation;

  • the study of the poetics and aesthetics of everyday life, and in particular the role of unpredictability;

  • the study of Sardinia, with particular attention to the phenomena of popular culture, symbolic history, collective self-awareness.



  • January 7-9, 2019 - The Semiotics of Colors, Shapes, Positions: A Comparative Perspective, Shanghai University; Profs Massimo LEONE and ZENG Jun; SILC, Shanghai-Turin Semiotic International Seminar on Cultures.

  • January 23-25, 2019 - XXV Congress of the Italian Society of Philosophy of Language «Linguaggio e emozioni» [Language and Emotions], University of Cagliari. SFL General Commitee: Francesca Piazza (President), Franciscu Sedda (Secretary), Raffaella Petrilli, Marco Mazzone, Ilaria Paganini. Local Organizing Commitee: Franciscu Sedda, Elisabetta Gola, Pietro Storari, Francesca Ervas, Maria Grazia Rossi. Website:​default.asp.

  • March 1, 2019 - Il Digital Marketing tra semiotica, scienze sociali e comunicazione. Nuovi strumenti e nuove linee di ricerca Reggio Emilia, organized by Cinzia Bianchi. Dipartimento di Comunicazione ed Economia di UNIMORE.

  • March 28-29, 2019 - La persistenza dell’altro. La singolarità dell’altro fuori dall’appartenenza identitaria, International Congress, directed and organized by Luciano Ponzio (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici dell’Università del Salento, Lecce).

  • April 5, 2019 - Roman Jakobson. La fondazione degli studi sul linguaggio (Roman Jakobson. The Foundation of the Language Studies) – University of Cassino and Southern Lazio -– Speakers: Pietro Montani; Isabella Pezzini; Massimo Prampolini – Chair: Riccardo Finocchi.

  • April 23, 2019 - The Cultural Semiotics of the Burning of Notre-Dame of Paris, Shanghai University, Shanghai; Profs Massimo LEONE and ZENG Jun; SILC, Shanghai-Turin Semiotic International Seminar on Cultures.

  • May 3, 2019 - Sociosemiotica e serie tv - directed by Nicola Dusi, Ruggero Eugeni, Giorgio Grignaffini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

  • May 28, 2019 - Zavattini e Van Gogh, research group on “Zavattini, reti, media”, organized by Nicola Dusi - Dipartimento di Comunicazione ed Economia di UNIMORE.

  • June 20-21, 2019 - Museums, Architecture and the City Public Spaces and Spaces of Memory, University of Bologna, International Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities “Umberto Eco”. Conference organized in the frame of EU funded project (Horizon 2020 MCSA-RISE): SPEME. Questioning Traumatic Heritage: Spaces of Memory in Europe, Argentina, Colombia.

  • June 21-25, 2019 - Embodied Creativity: The Role of Performativity, University of Bologna, International Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities “Umberto Eco”. PRIN International conference.

  • July 3-4, 2019 - The Semiotics of Cultural Heritage - Special focus: Representing the Face across History and Civilizations, International Conference, Shanghai University (in partnership with the University of Turin); Profs Massimo LEONE and ZENG Jun; SILC, Shanghai-Turin Semiotic International Seminar on Cultures.

  • September 9-13, 2019 - Trayectorias, 14° Congreso Mundial de Semiótica de la International Association of Semiotics Studies, IASS/AIS, organized by the Asociación Argentina de Semiótica, AAS, and the Universidad Nacional de las Artes, UNA, Buenos Aires. CiSS in the scientific committee of the Congress.

  • September 19-20, 2019 - The Reasonable Interpreter: Perspectives on Legal and non-Legal Semiotics, International Round table for the Semiotics of Law, University of Turin, Turin, Italy; Profs. Angela CONDELLO, Massimo LEONE, and Jenny PONZO; CIRCE, “Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Communication”.

  • September 23, 2019 - Digital Thought, symposium in the frame of the Department Project “Excellence Department”; Prof. Massimo LEONE, Department of Excellence “Philosophy and Educational Sciences”, University of Turin; CIRCE, “Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Communication”.

  • September 24, 2019 - Excellence Matters, symposium in the frame of the Department Project “Excellence Department”, in honor of Ugo Volli; Department of Excellence “Philosophy and Educational Sciences”, University of Turin; CIRCE, “Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Communication”.

  • October 03-04, 2019 - Immagini d’Europa. L’Unione fra Federazioni e Secessioni/Images of Europe. The Union between Federation and Separation, directed by Francesco Mangiapane and Tiziana Migliore, promoted by CiSS Centro Internazionale di Scienze Semiotiche Umberto Eco, Urbino.

  • October 14-15, 2019 - Food for Thought: Nourishment, Culture, Meaning, New York University (NYU), organized and directed by Simona Stano (with Amy Bentley, NYU), in collaboration with CIRCe, the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences (DFE) of the University of Turin, the EU Program Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA – GA No 795025), with the patronage of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

  • October 25-27, 2019 - L’enunciazione e le immagini, XLVII congresso dell’Associazione italiana di studi semiotici. University of Siena, Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Committee: AISS Board [Anna Maria Lorusso, Stefano Jacoviello, Riccardo Finocchi, Alice Giannitrapani, Antonio Santangelo], Giovanni Manetti, Tarcisio Lancioni, Alessandro Prato, Giulia Ceriani, Maria Cristina Addis. Promoted by Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali, Politiche e Cognitive (Unisi), CROSS – Centro di ricerca Omar Calabrese di Semiotica e studi sull’immagine, Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana.

  • November 21-23, 2019 - The Mediations of Music: Theodor Adorno’s Critical Musicology Today, Siena, Università di Siena, Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Committee: Gianmario Borio, Stefano Jacoviello, Stefano Velotti, Nicola Sani, Matteo Nanni; promoted by Università di Siena, Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Universität Innsbruck, Justus Liebig Universität Giessen, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst – Wien, Arnold Schönberg Stiftung, Paul Sacher Stiftung.

  • December 3, 2019 - Il conflitto sociale nell’era dei robot e dell’intelligenza artificiale (The Social Conflict in the Age of the Robots and the IA) - University of Cassino and Southern Lazio; CORIS - Department of Communication and Social Research, Sapienza University of Rome; Universitè Cadi Ayyad, Marrakesh ––Casanatense Library Roma. Organization: R. Finocchi; M. Nocenzi; A. Sannella. Speakers (i.a.): R. Finocchi; I. Pezzini.

  • December 9-11, 2019 - Post-Truth: Philosophy, Sociology, and Media Studies, University of Bologna, Department of Philosophy and Communication. Organized by: Filippo Ferrari, Anna Maria Lorusso, Sebastiano Moruzzi, Giorgio Volpe, in collaboration with Cogito Research Center in Philosophy, Romanae Disputationes.

  • December 18, 2019 - An ethnosemiologist in the museum, Department of Arts, University of Bologna, promoted by CUBE and Department of Arts.


CiSS - Urbino

  • La competenza esperta: tipologie e trasmissione. Urbino, 1-2 October 2019, organized by Paolo Fabbri and Gianfranco Marrone. Centro Internazionale di Scienze Semiotiche Umberto Eco (with Denis Bertrand, Giovanni Boccia Artieri, Letizia Caronia, Harry Collins, Pino Donghi, Manolo Farci, Laura Gemini, Gerardo Ienna, Stefano Jacoviello, Valentina Manchia, Dario Mangano, Alvise Mattozzi, Tiziana Migliore, Ilaria Ventura)

  • Immagini d’Europa. L’Unione fra Federazioni e Secessioni. Urbino, 3-4 October 2019, organized by Francesco Mangiapane and Tiziana Migliore. Centro Internazionale di Scienze Semiotiche Umberto Eco.

  • I cittadini scienziati fai da te, directed by Roberta Bartoletti and Vincenzo Fano, Università di Urbino Carlo Bo, Dipartimento di Scienze della Comunicazione (with Federico Boem, Stefano Calboli, Maria Grazia Fanchi, Daniel Fiacchini, Arcangela Guerrieri, Giada Marino, Nicola Righetti, Barbara Saracino), 30 September 2019.

  • Semiotic Lectures, directed by the CiSS scientific committee, 02 October 2019.

SAPIENZA – University of Rome

  • Semiotics of the city. March-October, 2019. Main speakers: Valeriana Berchicci; Franciscu Sedda and Paolo Sorrentino; Romana Andò, Antimo Luigi Farro, Alberto Marinelli, Stefania Parisi; Giulia Ceriani, Paolo Peverini, Bianca Terracciano; Paolo Peverini, Nicolò Savarese; Isabella Pezzini, Franciscu Sedda, Riccardo Bertolotti, Paolo Sorrentino, Fabio Di Carlo, Peppe Fiore and Virginia Saba; Isabella Pezzini, Romana Andò, Andrea Bosello, Dario Cecchi, Bianca Terracciano.

UNIMORE – Unversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia

  • Indistinti confini: forme della serialità, organized by Nicola Dusi and Federico Montanari. Main speakers: Paolo Fabbri (Luiss, Uniurb), Alfredo Cid Jurado (Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana, Città del Messico), Tiziana Migliore (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata), Manuela Piga Bruni (Unibo), presso: Dipartimento di Comunicazione ed Economia, gennaio-aprile 2019.

University of Bologna

  • “Ciclo di incontri ‘Temi echiani’” Organized by Centro Internazionale di Studi Umanistici “Umberto Eco”, Prof. Claudio Paolucci. Topics: The seminars, held on 14 February, 8 April, 9, 22 and 29 May, covered topics related to Umberto Eco’s semiotic theory (television, aesthetics and semiotics, iconism, historical novel).

  • Scienze Umane, Computer, Science e Digital Media - 7 March / 7 June 2019 – Organized by Centro Internazionale di Studi Umanistici “Umberto Eco”, Claudio Paolucci.

  • Un lessico per le scienze umane, November 2019 – present. Organized by Centro Internazionale di Studi Umanistici “Umberto Eco” - International Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities “Umberto Eco” (CUE), Prof. Claudio Paolucci.

  • In-Formazione– Percorsi semiotici Generi, Apparenze, Mediazioni, 18 February / 27 May 2019 – Organized by Centro Internazionale di Studi Umanistici “Umberto Eco” e PreTesti- Laboratorio Studentesco di Ricerca Semiotica. Topics: gender, aesthetics, phenomenology, politics, media, ideology, digital studies. Main speakers: Alessandro Bellassai, Massimo Leone, Antonio Sgobba, Francesco Zucconi, Angela Mengoni, Lucia Corrain, Roberto Brigati.

  • Seminario sui fondamenti della semiotica, directed by Francesco Marsciani – every two weeks on Thursdays (ten meetings). Subject of the year: “The concept of Subjectivity in Semiotics”. Principal intervenants: Prisca Amoroso, Gianluca De Fazio, Francesco Galofaro, Vitaliana Rocca, Maria Crisitina Addis, Daniele Barbieri.

University of Salento

  • Seminari di semiolinguistica VIII ciclo, directed and organized by Cosimo Caputo and Annarita Miglietta. Main speakers: Mirko Tavosanis, Claudio Nobili, Lombardi Vallauri, November-December 2019.

University of Siena

  • “I classici della semiotica e i temi di ricerca attuali”, (The Semiotic “classics” and the research topics today), 19 March/21 May. Directed by Giovanni Manetti. Main speakers: Emanuele Fadda; Giuseppe Cosenza; Francesca Chiusaroli; Cosimo Caputo; Stefano Gensini; Cristina Peña Marin; Nunzio La Fauci.

  • “La voce del popolo” (The people’s voice), May. Directed by Tarcisio Lancioni. Main speakers: Denis Bertrand; Eric Landowski; Franciscu Sedda; Maurizio Bettini, Marino Livolsi, Jorge Lozano, Giulia Ceriani; Anna Maria Lorusso.

University of Turin

  • Introduction to Cultural Semiotics – Summer Program of the Shanghai University, 17-30 June 2019; Profs Massimo LEONE and ZENG Jun.

  • Semiotics of Digital Cultures; seminar for the Summer Program of the University of Sichuan, Chengdu, 6-13 July 2019; Prof. Massimo LEONE.

  • La vida segreta de las imagenes, Pontificial University of Lima, Lima, Peru, 21 August 2019; Prof. Massimo LEONE.

  • Incontri sul Senso, “Meetings on Meaning”, 2018/2019, “On Anonymous Meaning”, 18 conferences; Prof. Massimo LEONE; University of Turin; CIRCE, “Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Communication”

  • Semiotics of Religion (‘Semiotica della religione’), 28 February – 28 March 2019, Seminar for the students of the Master’s Degree in Comunicazione e Culture dei Media, University of Turin, Aula 25, Palazzo Nuovo, via Sant’Ottavio 20, Turin; lectures by: Andrea PENNINI, Francesco GALOFARO, Marco PAPASIDERO, Gabriele VISSIO and Gabriele MARINO, with the coordination of Jenny PONZO.

  • Urban play for the Journalism Course project by Elina Paasonen in collaboration with public broadcaster Yle and the Aamuletti newspaper. 1 February 2019. Organizer: Mattia Thibault and Dale Leorke).

Monographs and edited volumes

  • Basso Fossali P., Bertrand D., Zinna A., eds., Utopies et formes de vie. Mythes, valeurs et matières. Hommage à Paolo Fabbri, Toulouse, Éditions CAMS/O, Collection Actes.

  • Bertrand D., Marrone G., eds., La sfera umanimale, Rome, Meltemi.

  • Caputo C., La scienza doppia del linguaggio. Dopo Chomsky, Saussure e Hjelmslev, Rome, Carocci.

  • Demaria C., Teorie di genere. Femminismi e semiotica (con Aura Tiralongo), Milan, Bompiani.

  • Dentico M., Sul tifare il Taranto: ricerca etnosemiotica intorno a una disaffezione, Quaderni di Etnosemiotica, Esculapio Editrice, Bologne.

  • Dusi N., Bianchi C., eds., David Lynch: mondi intermediali, Milan, Franco Angeli.

  • Dusi N., ed., Confini di genere. Sociosemiotica delle serie tv, Perugia, Morlacchi.

  • Finocchi R., Sannella A., eds, Connessioni per lo sviluppo sostenibile, EUC, Cassino.

  • Gensini S., Prato A., eds., I segni fra teoria e storia, per Giovanni Manetti, ETS, Pisa.

  • Idone Cassone V., Ponzo J., Thibault M., eds., Language scapes: ancient and artificial languages in today’s culture, Rome, Aracne.

  • Leone M., On Insignificance: The Loss of Meaning in the Post-Material Age, London and New York: Routledge.

  • Leone M., 无意味一后物质时代的意消减 [The Significance of Insignificance; in Chinese; series “Semiotics & Media”], Chengdu, Sichuan, Sichuan University Press.

  • Leone M., ed., Il programma scientifico della semiotica: Scritti in onore di Ugo Volli, Rome, Aracne.

  • Leone M., Surace B. Jun Z., eds., The Waterfall and the Fountain: Comparative Semiotic Essays on Contemporary Arts in China, Rome, Aracne.

  • Lorusso A. M., Marrone G., eds., Politiche del gusto, Rome, Nuova Cultura.

  • Mangano D., Ikea e altre semiosfere. Laboratorio di sociosemiotica, Milan, Mimesis. 

  • Marrone G., Dopo la cena, allo stesso modo. Dieci anni di immaginario gastronomico, Turin, Torri del Vento.

  • Marrone G., Mangiapane F., eds., Culture del tatuaggio, Palermo, Edizioni Museo Pasqualino.

  • Marrone G., Migliore T., eds., Iconologie del tatuaggio, Rome, Meltemi.

  • Peverini P., Alla ricerca del senso. Bruno Latour in dialogo con la semiotica, Rome, Nuova Cultura.

  • Pezzini I., Bertolotti R., eds., Viale Togliatti a Roma: una strada in cerca d’autore, Bologna, Quaderni di Etnosemiotica, Esculapio.

  • Ponzo J., Religious Narratives in Italian Literature after the Second Vatican Council: a Semiotic Analysis, Berlin-Boston, DeGruyter.

  • Ponzo J., Galofaro F., eds., Semiotica e santità. Prospettive interdisciplinari, NeMoSanctI and CIRCe, Turin.

  • Sedda F., Tradurre la tradizione. Sardegna: su ballu, i corpi, la cultura, Milan, Mimesis, 2019, pp. 387.

  • Sedda F., ed., Sanluri 1409. La battaglia per la libertà della Sardegna, Cagliari, Arkadia.

  • Sedda F., ed., Isole. Un arcipelago semiotico, Milan, Meltemi.

  • Sedda F., Sorrentino P., Roma. Piccola storia simbolica, Rome, La Lepre Edizioni.

  • Surace B., 2019, Il destino impresso. Per una teoria della destinalità nel cinema, Turin, Kaplan.

  • Terracciano B., Il discorso di moda: Le riviste femminili dal 1960, Rome, Nuova Cultura.


Blityri, Studi di storia delle idee sui segni e le lingue

19Directors: Stefano Gensini, Giovanni Manetti


  • Paola Cotticelli Kurras (ed), Per la storia della linguistica, VIII, 1-2, ETS, Pisa.

Carte Semiotiche, Rivista Internazionale di Semiotica e Teoria dell’Immagine

21Director: Tarcisio Lancioni


  • Juan Alonso e Denis Bertrand (eds) – Forme semiotiche dell’espressione politica, VI, Volo Publisher, Firenze.


23Director: Gianfranco Marrone

  • Politiche del gusto. Mondi comuni, fra sensibilità estetiche e tendenze alimentari, eds. A.M. Lorusso and G. Marrone, “E/C”, no. 26, 2019.

  • Politiche della cucina, eds. Ilaria Ventura and A. Giannitrapani, no. 27 E/C , 2019.

Global Humanities

25Director: Frank Jacob


  • Food Porn, eds. Frank Jakob and Francesco Mangiapane, vol. 6, 2019.

Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio

  • Vol. 13, no. 2 (2019): Languages of Politics / Politics of Languages (guest editor: Gianfranco Marrone).

  • Claude Zilberberg, Giardini e altri terreni sensibili: sulle tracce delle forme di vita, edited by Pierluigi Basso Fossali, afterword by Paolo Fabbri, Documenti di Lavoro 10, Aracne, Roma 2019.


27Director: Ugo Volli




  • Ponzo Jenny (Ed.), Lexia 31-32/2018 (The Semiotics of Martyrdom/La semiotica del martirio), 2019, pp. 560, ISSN 1720-5298, ISBN 978-88-255-2784-1.


31Director: Cinzia Bianchi

  • Federico Montanari, Nicola Dusi, Guido Ferraro (a cura di), “Geosemiotica: dai locative media, alle immagini diffuse, ai big e small data” numero monografico di Ocula. Occhio semiotico sui media, no. 21.

  • Deni M., Catoir-Brisson M.J., “La place de l’usager en design”, numero monografico di Ocula. Occhio semiotico sui media, vol. 20.

Versus. Quaderni di Studi Semiotici

33Director: Patrizia Violi


  • Number 1, 2019, January-June: Forme di vita, forme del corpo / Forms of Life, Forms of the Body: Case Studies (edited by Gianfranco Marrone and Francesco Mazzucchelli).

  • Number 2, 2019, July-December: Dalla parte del lettore. Lector in fabula quarant’anni anni dopo / On the Reader’s Side: Lector in Fabula, Forty Years Later (edited by Isabella Pezzini).

Ph.D. Dissertations

SAPIENZA – University of Rome

  • Arnaldo Rodrigues da Silva, “Chiesa e social nelle elezioni presidenziali 2018 in Brasile. Conferenza Episcopale Brasiliana e Chiesa Universale del Regno di Dio a confronto”. Ph.D. in “Communication, Social Research and Marketing” – Science of Communication Curriculum, Sapienza University of Rome. Advisors: Paolo Peverini, Giovanni Brancato.

  • Tiziana Barone, “Dinamiche degli spazi espositivi. Innesti, contaminazioni e innovazioni dal retail alla museizzazione”, PhD in “Communication, Social Research and Innovation” – Science of Communication Curriculum, CORIS Sapienza University of Rome.

University of Bologna

  • Colombari, Jennifer, “Fra semiotica, tecnologie digitali e big data: interpretare lo spazio urbano con gli user-generated contents”. Ph.D. program in Philosophy, Science, Cognition, and Semiotics (PSCS), XXXI Ciclo. Advisor: Prof. Giovanna Cosenza. Co-advisor: Prof. Claudio Paolucci.

University of Palermo

  • Emiliano Battistini, “Ascolto del gusto, gusto dell’ascolto. Sincretismi e traduzione intersemiotica tra musica e vino”. Ph.D. in European Cultural Studies. Advisor: Prof. Gianfranco Marrone.

University of Turin

  • Bruno Surace, “Un varco strettissimo. Cinema e destinalità”. Dottorato in Lettere, Curriculum Semiotica e Media (XXXI Ciclo). Advisor: Prof. Ugo Volli.

  • Vincenzo Idone Cassone, “Sub Specie Ludi. Gamification, Ludification and the boundaries of Play”. Dottorato in Lettere, Curriculum Semiotica e Media (XXX Ciclo). Advisor: Prof. Ugo Volli.

Research projects

LUMSA/University of Rome

  • La serialità e le nuove forme dell’audiovisivo (Seriality and the new audio-visual forms) - Research Team: R. Finocchi, P. Dalla Torre, D. Cecchi.

LUMSA/University of Teramo

  • P. Polidoro (Università LUMSA), M. Boero (Università di Teramo), “Narrative analysis to evaluate effectivness of Enel internal communication”.

SAPIENZA - University of Rome

  • Come cambia il senso del luogo (Changes in the sense of place) – coordinator Isabella Pezzini.

University of Bologna

  • NEMO - New monitoring guidelines to develop innovative ECEC teachers’ curricula. KA201 Strategic partnership in School education, call 2019. [Erasmus+KA201]. Coordinator: Prof. Claudio Paolucci. Partners: European University Cyprus (CY), Lund University (SE), AIAS (IT), Gruppo Nazionale Nidi e Infanzia (IT), Associació de mestres Rosa Sensat (ES), Pedagoški inštitut (SI). Start: 01 September 2019 - End: 31 August 2022.

  • MEME - Me and the Media: fostering social media literacy competences through interactive learning sets for adults with disabilities. Erasmus + KA201 Strategic partnership in School education, call 2019. Coordinator: Prof. Claudio Paolucci. Partners: European University Cyprus (CY), Lund University (SE), AIAS (IT), Gruppo Nazionale Nidi e Infanzia (IT), Associació de mestres Rosa Sensat (ES), Pedagoški inštitut (SI). Start: 1/10/2019 End: 30/09/2021.

  • Questioning traumatic heritage: spaces of memory in Europe, Argentina, Colombia, SPEME. H2020-EU.1.3.3. - Stimulating innovation by means of cross-fertilisation of knowledge - MSCA-RISE-2017 - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange. Coordinator: Prof. Patrizia Violi (from November 2019: Prof. Anna Maria Lorusso). Partners: Universiteit Van Amsterdam (NL), Universidad de Buenos Aires (AR), Universidad Nacional de Colombia (CO), Fondazione recupero e valorizzazione della memoria storica del campo di Fossoli (IT), Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos, ex-ESMA (AR), H401 (NL). Start: 01/07/2018 – End: 30/06/2022.

  • Cognizione e performatività - PRIN: Progetti di ricerca di rilevante interesse nazionale – Bando 2015 - SH5_13 – History of Philosophy 2015 cod 2015TM24JS. Local Coordinator: Prof. Claudio Paolucci. National Coordinator: Prof. Antonino Pennisi (University of Messina). Partners: Università di Pisa, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Università Ca’ Foscari, Università degli Studi di Urbino, Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Università del Salento, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Università degli Studi Trento.

University of Palermo

  • CUCOTA – Culture and communication of taste. Coordinator of Palermo University’s unit: Gianfranco Marrone. Erasmus+, Strategic Partnership for school education (KA-201). Length: 36 months (2017-2020). Partners: Istituto Alberghiero Florio di Erice (Lead), Università di Palermo, GAL – Elimos, New Bulgarian University, Kaunas University of Technology, Sofia Secondary School of bread making and confectionery, Kaunas Food Industry and Trade Training Center.

  • Cucina politica – National interest project (PRIN). Coordinator of Palermo University’s unit: Gianfranco Marrone. Partners: Università di Bologna (Lead), Università di Palermo, Università di Scienze Gastronomiche. Lenght: 36 months (2015-2019).

UNIMORE – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

35FAR – Fondo di Ateneo per la Ricerca, Progetto di Ricerca di Dipartimento :

  • 2016 Person in charge: Nicola Dusi. Title: “Cesare Zavattini tra Ligabue e Van Gogh: la pittura al cinema e in televisione”. From 01 March 2017 to 28 February 2019.

  • 2017 Person in charge: Cinzia Bianchi. Title: “Pubblicità e cinema: lo scambio di autori”. From 01 August 2017 to 29 February 2020.

  • 2017 Person in charge: Federico Montanari. Title: “Geomedia e città. Uso dei locative media fra dati, esperienza, memorie e mappe urbane.” From 01 August 2017 to 29 February 2020.

University of Turin

International mobility

CiSS - Urbino

  • ICM Erasmus+ KA107 International Credit Mobility (ICM) - European Commission 2019-2022 – Culture a reddito. Porto Marghera (Venezia) / La Boca (Buenos Aires), University Ca’ Foscari Venice UNA, Buenos Aires UBA and Buenos Aires UNA, Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, in collaboration with the International Center of Semiotic Sciences Umberto Eco. Involved professors: Oscar Steimberg, director de Posgrado en el Area Transdepartamental de Crítica de Artes, and Marita Soto, directora del area de Critica de Artes.


  • P. Polidoro, Erasmus+ teaching, Universidad Carlo III, Madrid (March 2019).

University of Cagliari

36Activated agreements:

  • International cooperation agreement between Università di Cagliari, prof. Franciscu Sedda, and Universidade Paulista, prof. Paolo Demuru.

  • Erasmus+ Agreement between Università di Cagliari, prof. Franciscu Sedda, and Université de Paris, prof. Juan Alonso Aldama.

  • Erasmus+ Agreement between Università di Cagliari, prof. Franciscu Sedda, and Université de Liège, prof. Maria Giulia Dondero.

University of Palermo

  • Exchange Agreement Università di Palermo - CUNY Academy New York, Davide Puca, John Calandra Italian American Institute, 3 months.

University of Turin

  • Simona Stano, Visiting Fellowship, New York University (NYU), United States, January-December 2019.

  • Massimo LEONE, Visiting Professor, Shanghai University, China; Chengdu University, China; University of Sao Paulo, Brasil; University of Lima, Peru; Polish Institute of Advanced Studies, Warsaw.

  • Vincenzo Idone Cassone, Visiting Fellowship, Tokyo University (ToDai), Japan, May-August 2019. Japan Society for The Promotion of Science – Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan, Short Term Program.

  • Mattia Thibault, MSCA-IF Secondment, Amsterdam university of Applied Sciences (6 weeks).

  • Mattia Thibault, MSCA-IF Secondment, Waag, Amsterdam (6 weeks).

Institutional initiatives

CiSS - Urbino

  • International cooperation with the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana campus Xochimilco, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, referent professor Alfredo Tenoch Cid Jurado, for the institution of the Cátedra de Semiótica Umberto Eco.

LUMSA – Rome

  • Piero Polidoro is Chair of the Master program in “Marketing & Digital Communication”.

UNIMORE – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

University courses

  • Laurea triennale: “Scienze della Comunicazione”. Bianchi: Teorie della Narratività (9 cfu), Dusi: Analisi critica del cinema (6 cfu), Montanari: Comunicazione visiva (6 cfu) e Semiotica dei media (6 cfu), Ragonese: Semiotica (9 cfu).

  • Laurea Magistrale: “Pubblicità, Comunicazione digitale e creatività d’Impresa”.

  • Bianchi: Semiotica della pubblicità (6 cfu), Dusi: Linguaggi intermediali (6 cfu).

  • Course (Usac University Reggio Emilia, Italy).

  • Ragonese: Food and Culture (3 credits) -.

New academic positions

  • Professore Associato: Cinzia Bianchi (M-FIL/05), Nicola Dusi (L-ART/06), Federico Montanari (SPS/08).

  • Ricercatore: Ruggero Ragonese (M-FIL/05).

University of Siena

  • Master in Comunicazione d’Impresa. Linguaggi, strumenti, tecnologie. (Master in Business Communication, Languages, tools and technologies): 13th edition. Founded by Giovanni Manetti and directed by Maurizio Masini, the Master aims to provide theoretical, practical and operational skills in the business communication sector and to form professional profiles that can respond to a company’s internal and external communication needs.

  • New course: Social Media Marketing (SPS/08), Bachelor Degree in “Strategie e tecniche della Comunicazione”, held by Giuseppe Segreto.

University of Perugia

  • Class of Semiotics (63 hours) for Communication Studies BA.

University of Turin

New academic positions

  • 23 December 2019 (enrollment): Simona Stano, Tenure-track Assistant Professor (RTD-B).

  • 29 November 2019 (enrollment): Antonio Santangelo, Tenure-track Assistant Professor (RTD-B), ERC Consolidator Project FACETS, Prof. Massimo LEONE.

  • December 2019: 6 new post-doc positions, ERC Consolidator Project FACETS, Prof. Massimo LEONE: Barbotto Silvia, Gramigna Remo, Soro Elsa, Surace Bruno, Viola Marco, Voto Cristina.

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Università di Palermo

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