#SemioPills 6: Jenny Ponzo

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. She formerly worked at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), Faculty of Arts, and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany), Interfaculty Programme for the Study of Religion. She is the author of three monographs, the latest of which is entitled Religious Narratives in Italian Literature after the Second Vatican Council: a Semiotic Analysis (De Gruyter 2019).

These are the questions we asked Prof. Ponzo:

  • Do you see hagiographic-in-making in Italian sources right now, in the pandemic outbreak of coronavirus?
  • Are there new kinds of religious practices in Italy in the age of coronavirus?

You can find her answers in the following video.

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).