#SemioPills 8: Francesco Galofaro

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.

Francesco Galofaro is a semiotician. He graduated in Communication Studies (MA) and holds a Ph.D. in Semiotics from the University of Bologna. His research focuses on ethnosemiotics, epistemology, Information Retrieval, and Morphodynamics, with particular regard to litanic structures.

He single-authored the books Eluana Englaro (Meltemi, 2009), dedicated to the political, scientific, and ethic debate on euthanasia, and Dopo Gerico. I nuovispazi della psichiatria (After Jericho: the new psychiatric spaces, Esculapio, 2015), an ethnosemiotic analysis on psychiatric service design. He co-edited the books Morphogenesis and Individuation (with F. Montanari and A. Sarti, Springer, 2014) dedicated to Gilbert Simondon, and Il senso della tecnica. Saggi su Bachelard (The meaning of technology: essays on Bachelard, Esculapio, 2017, with Paola Donatiello and Gerardo Ienna).

Here you can find the questions we asked Francesco:

  • Did the pandemic change the relation between people and faith?
  • Will the virus lead Catholic church to innovate, trying to meet the restlessness of so many worshippers?
  • Will the triumph of technology endanger the social and community dimension of religious ethics?

You can find his 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).