NeMoSanctI is participating in Sharper 2020, the European Researchers’ Night. Our event “L’abito fa il santo, dalla corsia all’iconografia” will take place online, from 24 to 28 November 2020. For this edition, we have decided to create a game...

Our team member Marco Papasidero is presenting is new book, Translatio sanctitatis. I furti di reliquie nell’Italia medievale, at the University of Teramo, for the activities of the PhD candidates in Historical studies...

NeMoSanctI is organizing the seminar “Dies Natalis: il corpo del santo tra vita e morte”, that will be held online on 16 December 2020.

Team member Eleonora Chiais is participating in the roundtable “Carlo Acutis: dalla cronaca alla storia”, organized by the permanent seminar “I santi internauti” of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”.

Team member Francesco Galofaro is participating in the Semiotics course held by Jenny Ponzo, with a lecture on the ‘intersemiotic translation’, on 4 November 2020, starting h. 10

PI Jenny Ponzo is participating in the CIRCe (‘Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sulla Comunicazione’, University of Turin) symposium, entitled Lines of research on Communication. It will take place online on 10 November 2020, h. 8.45.

PI Jenny Ponzo is participating in the course Religion and Communication (Religione e comunicazione) of Prof. Marco Ventura, at the University of Siena.

PI Jenny Ponzo is participating in the retrospective Histoire(s) du Cinéma, organized by the Cinema Museum together with the cinema chairs of the Department of Humanities of University of Turin.

Our member Marco Papasidero is participating in the advanced training course Cultural Manager: esperto in promozione turistica e valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale, with a lesson on the topic Itinerari turistici e insediamenti bizantini in Calabria, focusing on Byzantin religious places and sanctity.

Team member Francesco Galofaro is participating to the 14th International Conference of Iconographic Studies “Iconography and Hagiography: Visualizing Holiness”, that will be held in Rijeka 15 and 16 October 2020.

NeMoSanctI is participating at the webinar Immagini del corpo//Immaginari della salute, that will be held in different sessions, from 13 October to 3 December, 2020.

NeMoSanctI is participating in the XLVIII congress of AISS-Italian Association for Semiotic Studies, Futuro passato (“Future Past”) which will be held online on Google MEET 3, 10, 17, 24 October 2020.

NeMoSanctI team members with the philosopher Gabriele Vissio join Torino Spiritualità festival at Alba (15-30 September 2020), entitled The fragile words (“Le parole fragili”) [...]

NeMoSanctI’s PI Jenny Ponzo will give a lecture inside the course “Critical Semiotics. From Sign to Ideology” of Prof. Massimo Leone, at the University of Shangai.

The lecture, entitled Ideology and the Semiotic Analysis of Literary Characters, will be held online [...]

NeMoSanctI team members Francesco Galofaro, semiotician, and Marco Papasidero, historian of religions, have edited a special issue of Ocula. Semiotic eye on media, entitled Flowers of the soul: The Symbolism of flowers in the religious imagination [...]

NeMoSanctI research team joins the Corona Virus Global Response cause.

Francesco Galofaro joined NeMoSanctI as an expert in semiotic analysis. Within the project, he carries a semiotic study of process of canonization and hagiographic texts issued by the Catholic Church. He is currently focusing on Saint Pio of Pietrelcina...

Our PI Jenny Ponzo, semiotician, is participating at Medical Humanities 2020 “L’umanizzazione delle cure ai tempi del Covid-19” (The humanization of cures in the time of Covid-19).

Our team member Francesco Galofaro, semiotician, is participating the Seminar on the basis of theory of signification (Seminario sui fondamenti di teoria della significazione), organized by Francesco Marsciani, semiotician (University of Bologna, Department of Arts). The seminar will take place online on Friday April 17th 2020.

Heidi A. Campbell teaches media studies on themes related to media theory, global and popular culture and media & religion. Her research focuses on how religion is translated and transformed by digital cultures and the influence of digital and mobile technologies on Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities...

Research team members Gabriele Marino, semiotician, and Marco Papasidero, historian of Christianity, are participating in the permanent seminar I santi internauti, organized by Daniele Solvi, philologist, and Claudia Santi, historian of religions (Università deli studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Dipartimento di Lettere e Beni Culturali)...

Jenny Ponzo is Associate Professor of Semiotics at the University of Turin (Italy). She is the Principal Investigator of the ERC research project NeMoSanctI. She is the Director of the Interdepartmental Research Center on Communication (CIRCe) and the President of the Master’s Degree Program in Communication and Media Cultures of the University of Turin...

The semiotics of religion was born within the French milieu in the 1970s, as a filiation, on the one hand, of literary semiotics (narratology and the work on narrativity carried out by the Paris School gathered around Algirdas J. Greimas) and, on the other, of anthropological, ethnological and mythographic studies (particularly, the work of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Georges Dumézil). [...]

Essays by: Andrea Bianchi, Ilaria Fiorentini, James Hamrick, Martin Lehnert, Gabriele Marino, Markus May, Simona Stano, Bruno Surace, Andrea Valle, Ugo Volli, Françoise Waquet, Robert Yelle. [...]

NeMoSanctI is participating in the conference “Comunicare la santità” (‘Communicating Sanctity’), organized by AISSCA-Associazione italiana per lo studio della santità, dei culti e dell’agiografia (‘The Italian Association for the study of sanctity, worships and hagiography’) as the IV edition of the “Cantieri dell’agiografia” (‘Hagiography in progress’) .[...]

Il nostro regalo per il Natale 2019 è un libro di 230 pagine in italiano in cui presentiamo, in maniera divulgativa, i primi risultati delle nostre ricerche sulla semiotica della santità, consultabile e scaricabile gratuitamente. .[...]

Reasearch team member Gabriele Marino, semiotician, is participating in the conference The Book and the Religions: Birth and Spread of the Sacred Text (Il libro e le religioni: nascita e diffusione del testo sacro), organized by Matteo De Chiara (INaLCO, Paris – CNRS: Mondes Iranien et Indien) and Giovanni Frulla (Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose delle Marche), which will take place at Sala Rosa, Palazzo Mastai (Museo Pio IX, Via G. M. Mastai, 14), Senigallia (Ancona), on Saturday November 30th, 2019, starting at 16:30. .[...]

Robert A. Yelle (b. 1966) is a distinguished American scholar in the fields of semiotics, anthropology, and history of religion. He is Professor of “Theory and Method of Religious Studies” at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. He grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Phillips Andover Academy (1984) and Harvard College (A.B. in Philosophy, 1988) in General Studies. He received a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Order of the Coif, 1993) and a Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Chicago (2002). .[...]

The goal of the course is to provide students with an in-depth comprehension of the notions of person and personhood. By adopting a semiotic perspective, we will analyze these concepts as it were developed across centuries, in different types of discourses and textual genres; from religious and theological to normative and judicial discourse, from ethic and scientific to artistic discourse.[...]

At the “CRAFT-Contemporary Religions and Faith in Transition” Research Center

NeMoSanctI is participating in the “Contemporary Religions and Faith in Transition” (CRAFT) seminar. The title of the event is Santi e veggenti tra Storia del Cristianesimo e Antropologia filosofica (‘Saints and visioners between History of Christianism and Philosophical Anthropology’) [...]

Lexia – Rivista di semiotica, 31-32: The Semiotics of Martyrdom. Edited by Nemosancti – New Models of Sanctity in Italy PI Jenny Ponzo. […]

NeMoSanctI is participating to the XLVII congress of AISS-Italian Association for Semiotic Studies, L’enunciazione e le immagini (‘Enunciation and Images’), which will take place in Siena from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 October, 2019, with a panel of its own. […]

NeMoSanctI is hosting a conference by Prof. Alessandra Pozzo (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris) entitled Il digiuno e i suoi immaginari: Archetipi e criteri per la classificazione di una pratica. […]

NeMoSanctI PI, Prof. Jenny Ponzo, is participating in the international workshop Images in Religious Persuasion: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, which will take place at the University of Bochum, Germany, on October 1-2, 2019. […]

NeMoSanctI is taking part in the “Seminari di semiotica” coordinated by Tiziana Migliore in Urbino (30 September – 4 October 2019, Università degli Studi Carlo Bo, Sala Lauree, via Saffi No. 15). […]

On Friday 27 September 2019, from 6.30 PM up to midnight, at the Cortile del Rettorato of the University of Turin (via Po, No. 15, 10124, Turin TO; entrance also from via Verdi 8), there will be many stands from the “European Researchers’ Night 2019“. […]

NeMoSanctI is participating in the “Excellence Matters” symposium in honor of Ugo Volli, the dean of Turin semiotics. […]

The PI, Jenny Ponzo, Gabriele Marino, and Gabriele Vissio are participating in the International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL), which will take place in Turin, Italy, on September 19-20, 2019. […]

Research team member Francesco Galofaro is participating in the XXIV international conference of the Ethno-Anthropological Laboratory of Rocca Grimalda (Alessandria), dedicated to the topic Rivolta: miti e pratiche dell’essere contro (‘Revolt: myths and practices of being against’), which will take place in September 20-22, 2019. […]

NeMoSanctI PI, Prof. Jenny Ponzo, and research team member Gabriele Marino, both semioticians, are participating in the 14th World Congress of Semiotics, dedicated to the theme of “Trajectories” and which will take place between September 9th and 13th, 2019, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. [...]

NeMoSanctI research team member Dr. Marco Papasidero, anthropologist and historian of Christianity, is participating in the 2019 CESNUR International Conference, Re-enchanting the World: Spiritualities and Religions of the Third Millennium. [...]

The liturgical reform promoted by the Second Vatican Council led to a renewed way of celebrating the Mass entailing new ritual features and the drastic reduction of the use of Latin in favor of vernacular languages. [...]

Marco Papasidero is participating in the 2019 International Medieval Congress, which will take place in Leeds on July 1-4, 2019. His talk, which will take place on Wednesday 3 July, within the session “The Monastic Dimension of Identity Politics: Hagiographical Rhetoric and the Construction of the Other, II“, entitled: The Furta Sacra Tales as Legitimations of Legitimation Monastic Communities in Medieval Europe. […]

Semiotician Gabriele Marino and philosopher Gabriele Vissio are taking part in the third session of the international seminary “Icônes et écrans / Icone e schermi” organized by the Department of “Humanisme Numérique” at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris […]

At the 2019 European Academy of Religion annual conference

NeMoSanctI organizes a panel at the 2019 annual conference of EuARe-European Academy of Religion, which will take place in Bologna, March 4-7, 2019. The panel explores the codification of the notion of martyrdom in Catholic tradition across a range of textual genres, with a focus on normative and judicial aspects...

The PI, Jenny Ponzo, is participating in the 17th annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), which will take place in Tartu, Estonia, from June 25 […]

Jenny Ponzo’s new book Religious Narratives in Italian Literature after the Second Vatican Council (DeGruyter, 2019) will be presented by the Author and by semiotician and NeMoSanctI member Francesco Galofaro in Savigliano (Cuneo)...

Venerdì 24 maggio 2019, ore 16:00 — 18:00
Aula Magna dell’Orto Botanico, viale Mattioli 25,10125 Torino

Ugo Volli (b. 1948, Trieste) is a prominent Italian intellectual and a leading figure in the fields of semiotics and the philosophy of language […]

On March 29th, 2019, Gabriele Marino is presenting a talk at the University of Turin entitled: Strutture dell’anonimia: di chi è un testo anonimo? Il caso del ‘Martirologio Romano’ (Structures of anonymity: whose text is an anonymous text? The case of the ‘Roman Martyrology’) […]

Jörg Rüpke is a leading figure in the field of comparative religion and classical philology, and a renowned expert in Roman religion. He is full professor and deputy director of the Max Weber Kolleg at the University of Erfurt (Germany)...

Semiotics of Religion seminar at the University of Turin

The seminar Semiotica della Religione (Semiotics of Religion) held by Jenny Ponzo in the framework of the project NeMoSanctI and of the Master’s Degree in Comunicazione e Culture dei Media […]

#SemioPills 1: Massimo Leone

We are happy to launch our series of video-interviews with the most prominent scholars in the field of semiotics of religion, and to start with Massimo Leone. Massimo Leone is […]

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What is NeMoSanctI?


NeMoSanctI is a research project carried out at the University of Turin. It studies how models of sanctity have changed after the Second Vatican Council. To this end, it applies a pioneering methodology based on semiotic theory to a wide corpus of normative, judicial, and narrative texts.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 757314).