Article – F. Galofaro and C. Petrini, The Day after the Pandemic. A Semiotic Analysis of Four Homilies (Global Humanities 2021)

F. Galofaro and C. Petrini, The Day after the Pandemic: A Semiotic Analysis of Four Homilies, in “Global Humanities”, year 6, vol. 9 (2021), pp. 41-56.

In Italy, after the COVID lockdown, began “phase two,” allowing worshippers to celebrate live masses. Churches reopened, but many masses were still transmitted live through social media, having a large mediatic resonance. Our research inquires the relation of Church and politics in the costruction of governance: we investigate how the leaders of the religious community took a stand on political and medical ordinances in relation to pub­ lic opinion. In order to do it, we will compare four homilies given on May 31, 2020 (Mass of Pentecost), and we will analyze them using semiotic and ethnolinguistic categories.

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).