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Claudio Paolucci

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

Academic discipline: M-FIL/05 Philosophy and Theory of Language

Coordinator of PhD Programme in Philosophy, Science, Cognition, and Semiotics (PSCS)

Curriculum vitae

Claudio Paolucci is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Language at the Department of Philosophy and Communication of the University of Bologna, where he teaches Semiotics, Semiotics of audiovisual and musical languages, Philosophy of Language and Semiotics of Body and Perception.

Principal Investigator of two European Projects (NeMo and Fakespotting), he is the director of the International Centre for Enactivism and Cognitive Semiotics and the scientific coordinator of the International Centre for Humanities "Umberto Eco". 

  • Since 2014, he is the scientific coordinator of the School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities founded by Umberto Eco, who has been president of the School until his death in 2016.
  • Since 2012 he has been the Secretary of Italian Society of Philosphy of Language. 
  • Since 2018, he is one of the two members of the Nominating Committee of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society.
  • Since 2019, he is the coordinator of the PhD program in Philosophy, Science, Cognition and Semiotics, where he is engaged in research into cognitive semiotics and philosophy of mind.
  • He is permanent attendant of the Inter-Lab of the Balzan Price Foundation and visiting fellow at the University of Oxford.

He graduated in Philosophy with a dissertation in semiotics, supervised by Umberto Eco, who was also supervisor at his PhD dissertation in Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language. He has been visiting researcher (2003, 2012) at the École des hautes études en sciences socials (EHESS) and visiting professor at the Universities of Sofia (2009), Paris (2013), Prague (2014) Memphis (2016, 2018) and Olomouc (2017). In 2018 he has been resident fellow of the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought. Since 2018, he is permanent attendant of the Inter-Lab of the Balzan Price Foundation. Since 2019, he is visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. 

He is co-director of the internal journal VS-Versus and editor of the international journals Nouvaux Actes Sémiotiques and Italian Journal of Cognitive Sciences. From 2005 to 2012, he has been tutor of the PhD Program in Semiotics.

After his PhD thesis on Interpretative Semiotics (director, prof. Umberto Eco), he has taken part in many international conferences as a keynote speaker and he has been invited to give lectures and cycles of workshops in many universities in Europe and all over the world, including Paris (CREA, EHESS, Sorbonne), Sao Paulo (PUC), Sofia, Palermo, Sozopol, Toulouse, Messina, Limoges, Teramo, Madrid, Aarhus, Liège, Milan (Statale, Cattolica, IULM), Urbino, Boston (Lowell University), Catania, Olomouc, Cassino, Lyon, Rome (La Sapienza, Roma Tre, Tor Vergata), Memphis, Cosenza, UCLA and Prague (Prague Linguistic Circle, Charles University).

He has published four books and more than 80 papers on international journals. His writings have been published by such publishers as Routledge, Springer, Brill, De Gruyter, L’Harmattan, Open Court, Droz, Sage and, in Italy, by Bompiani, Feltrinelli and Mondadori (Italy’s leading publishers). His main works are Strutturalismo e interpretazione (Bompiani, 2010, 544 pp.), Persona (Bompiani, 2020, 400 pp.) e Cognitive Semiotics (Springer, 2021, 180 pp.). 

  • Since 2012, he has been part of of the Bologna team of the European grant INTERCO-SSH (FP7) led by Marco Santoro.
  • Since 2015, he is the team leader for the University of Bologna of the Strategic Project of National Interest (PRIN) funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR). The project is about the Performative Dimension in Cognitive Sciences.
  • Since 2019, he is the team leader of the University of Bologna for the European Project "MeMe. Me and the Media. Fostering Social Media Literacy Competences through Interactive Learning Sets for Adults with Disability" (Grant No: 2019-1-LT01-KA204-060697).
  • Since 2019, he is the Principal Investigator of the European Project "NeMo": NEw MOnitoring Guidelines to Develop Innovative ECEC Teachers Curricula (Grant No: 2019-1-IT02-KA201-063340).
  • Since 2020 he is the Principal Investigator of the Europena Project "Fakespotting", about fake news, enunciation and fact-checking (Grant No: 2020-1-IT02-KA203-079902).


  • In 2017 he qualified as a Full Professor by unanimous vote of the Panel.
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  • Main research areas: Semiotics, Philosophy of Language, Semantics, Cognitive Sciences