Head of Centre International de Sciences Sémiotiques, Urbino University, Italy

Paolo Fabbri teaches Semiotics of Art at Libera Università Internazionale Scienze Sociali (LUISS), Rome, and he is President of the International Semiotic Laboratory at Venice (LISAV). He has taught in Italy (Universities of Firenze, Urbino, Bologna, Palermo, Roma Due, Venice) and has been Visiting professor at the University of California, S. Diego (UCSD), professeur invité at the University of Paris 5° e Paris 7° Sorbonne, Speroni Chair at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Visiting Researcher at the University of Toronto and Professor Honorario of the Universidad de Lima, Perù and of the Facultad de Artes, Universidad de Santiago, Chile. He is the former president of DAMS (Discipline Arti, Musica, Spettacolo) of the University of Bologna, and has served as Directeur d’Etudes associé  at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Directeur de Programme at the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris, former president of the Institut de la Pensée Contemporaine, University of Paris 7°, Sorbonne, and former director of the Italian Cultural Institut in Paris (1992-1996). Amongst the honours he has received are: Chevalier des Palmes Académiques (Ministère de l’Education nationale, 1989), Officier des Arts et des Lettres (Ministère de la Culture, France,1994), Docteur Honoris causa (Université de Limoges, 2009). He is member of the board of research institutions and scientific committees of national and international journals on Semiotics and Social Sciences, as well as Director of the collection “Segnature” (Mimesis), “La Tradizione del Nuovo” ( L. Sossella, Rome) and  “Documenti di Lavoro” (CiSS Urbino). He has extensively written, edited and translated. His books and articles on semiotics, language and communication  have been published and translated in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, German, Greek, Lithuanian, Slovenian. His publications include Tactica de los signos (1999); Elogio di Babele (2003); Segni del tempo (2004); La Svolta Semiotica (2005); L’Efficacia semiotica (2017); Elogio del conflicto (2018); Sotto il segno di Federico Fellini (2017); (with G. Marrone), Semiotica in nuce: un’antologia (2 voll., 2000/1); (with D. Mangano) La competenza semiotica (2012).


Sorbonne Université, Paris, France

Thomas F. BRODEN 
Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA


Indiana University, Ph.D., French Literature, minor in European Studies, 1986

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, seminar and workshops directed by A. J. Greimas, 1981–82 

Indiana University, M.A., French Literature, 1976

Université de Haute Bretagne, licence program, 1973–74

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, M.A. program, Certificat supérieur de langue et civilisation françaises, summer 1973

University of Notre Dame, B.A., French, 1973

Université Catholique de l’Ouest, Angers, sophomore year-abroad program, 1970–71


Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Purdue University, 2017–present; Associate Professor, 1997–2017, Assistant Professor, 1991–97

Assistant Professor of French, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1988–91

Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Tulane University, 1987–88

Lecturer of French, University of Notre Dame, 1984–87

English Assistant, Lycée Saint Louis, Institut National Agronomique, and Institut National des Télécommunications, Paris, 1981–82 

English Assistant, Lycée Henri IV and Institut National des Télécommunications, Paris, 1978–79

Visiting appointments and invited seminars

Universidade de São Paulo (GES-USP), Brazil, August 2013

Sciences Po (Institut d’études politiques), Paris, September–November 2012 

Université de Limoges, France, November 2010 

Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche, Colorno and Pollenzo, Italy, 2009, 2010, 2012

Honors and awards

Knight in the Order of the Palmes Académiques, honorary title bestowed by the French Government, April 2006

Collegiate Teacher of the Year for the state of Indiana, Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association, November 2005

University French Teacher of the Year for the state of Indiana, the American Association of Teachers of French, Indiana Chapter, July 2005

Selected grants

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, June 2013–May 2014

Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts, Center for Humanistic Studies Fellowship, spring 2013, fall 2006

PU CLA Enhancing Research in the Liberal Arts Grant, January–December 2012

Camargo Foundation Residential Fellowship, Cassis, France, spring 2007

French-American Fund for University Partnerships, French American Cultural Exchange, for a joint curriculum in French pedagogy between Purdue University and Université de Strasbourg, France, 2005–10

PU International Programs Strategic Partnerships Grant, for a joint curriculum in French pedagogy between Purdue University and Université de Strasbourg, France, 2005–10

Purdue Research Foundation Summer Fellowship, 1997, 1993

National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collection Grant, 1990

Chateaubriand French Government Fellowship, 1981–82

Rotary International Fellowship to study in Paris and Rennes, France, 1973–74

Massimo LEONE 
University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Shanghai University, Shangai, China

Massimo Leone is Full Tenured Professor (“Professore Ordinario”) of Philosophy of Communication and Cultural Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, Italy and Permanent Part-Time Visiting Full Professor of Semiotics in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Shanghai, China. He is a 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant recipient, the most important and competitive research grant in Europe. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Siena, and holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Religious Studies from the Sorbonne, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Fribourg (CH). He was visiting scholar at the CNRS in Paris, at the CSIC in Madrid, Fulbright Research Visiting Professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Endeavour Research Award Visiting Professor at the School of English, Performance, and Communication Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, Faculty Research Grant Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, “Mairie de Paris” Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne, DAAD Visiting Professor at the University of Potsdam, Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon (Collegium de Lyon), Visiting Professor at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Munich, Visiting Professor at the University of Kyoto, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, Visiting Professor at The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Eadington Fellow at the Center for Gaming Research, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Fellow of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Dynamics in the History of Religions Between Asia and Europe“ (Bochum, Germany), Visiting Senior Professor at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna, High-End Foreign Expert and Visiting Professor at the University of Shanghai, China,  Visiting Senior Professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies, South Eastern Europe (Croatia), Visiting Senior Professor at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies, Warsaw (PIAST), and Visiting Fellow at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. His work on the semiotic study of cultures, with particular enphasis on religion and images. Massimo Leone has single-authored ten books, _Religious Conversion and Identity: The Semiotic Analysis of Texts_ (London and New York: Routledge, 2004; 242 pp.), _Saints and Signs: A Semiotic Reading of Conversion in Early Modern Catholicism_ (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2010; 656 pp.),  _Sémiotique de l’âme_, 3 vols (Berlin et al.: Presses Académiques Francophones, 2012), _Annunciazioni: percorsi di semiotica della religione_, 2 vols (Rome: Aracne, 2014, 1000 pp.), _Spiritualità digitale: il senso religioso nell’era della smaterializzazione_ (Udine: Mimesis, 2014), _Sémiotique du fondamentalisme : messages, rhétorique, force persuasive_ (Paris: l’Harmattan, 2014; translated into Arabic in 2015), and _Signatim: Profili di semiotica della cultura_ (Rome: Aracne, 2015, 800 pp.), _A Cultural Semiotics of Religion_ (in Chinese) [Series “Semiotics & Media”] (Chengdu, China: University of Sichuan Press, 2018, 210 pp.), _On Insignificance_ (London and New York: Routledge, 2019, 226 pp.; Chinese translation 2019), edited forty collective volumes, and published more than five hundred articles in semiotics, visual studies, and religious studies. He has lectured in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. He is the chief editor of Lexia, the Semiotic Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication, University of Turin, Italy, and editor of the book series “I Saggi di Lexia” (Rome: Aracne) and “Semiotics of Religion” (Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter). He directed the MA Program in Communication Studies at the University of Turin, Italy (2015-2018) and is currently vice-director for research at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, Italy.