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Prof. Ulf Hedetoft

Director, Center for the Study on Nationalism
Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities
University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Professor, dr. phil., University of Copenhagen, and Director, Center for the Study of Nationalism. Editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Social Inclusion. Chairman of the Board, Center for European Research, University of Lund. Research interests include European nationalism; international migration; European history; cultural globalization; political cultures; transatlantic relations. Scholarly publications comprise about 230 items, amongst them the following: Signs of Nations. A Political Semiotics of Self and Other in Contemporary European Nationalism, Dartmouth, 1995; The Nation-state Meets the World, European Journal of Social Theory, 2:1, 1999; The Postnational Self: Belonging and Identity, University of Minnesota Press, 2002; Cultural Symbols and Symbolic Politics, in J. Valsiner & A. Rosa, eds, Handbook of Socio-Cultural Psychology, Cambridge University Press, 2007; Nationalism as Civil Religion and Rituals of Belonging Before and After the Global Turn, in A. Hvithamar et al, Holy Nations and Global Identities, Routledge, 2009; Is Nationalism an Anachronism? Notes on the Mutations of National Idealism in a Global Age, in M. Barrett et al, eds, Nationalism, Ethnicity, Citizenship, Cambridge Scholars, 2011; Review of M. Ehala, Signs of Identity. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018; A near-existential dilemma: the European national template, the accommodation of diversity and the nationalist backlash, National Identities, 2018. Currently working on a book tentatively titled The Paradoxes of Populism.

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Prof. Johan Fornäs

 Professor Emeritus of Media and Communication Studies, member of Academia Europaea


Johan Fornäs lives in Stockholm in Sweden and in Haut de Cagnes in France, and has studied and worked at the universities of Lund, Göteborg, Stockholm, Linköping and Södertörn. His 1973 BA was in mathematics and philosophy, his 1985 PhD in musicology. His research is oriented towards critical, hermeneutic and transdisciplinary cultural studies. 2002–2012 he initiated and directed the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden ACSIS; 2012– 2016 he initiated and participated in Riksbankens Jubileumsfond’s (Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation’s) Sector Committee for the “Mediatisation of Culture and Everyday Life”. He was the first editor-in-chief of the academic journals Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research (1991), and Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research (2008). His English book publications include Cultural Theory and Late Modernity (1995); In Garageland: Rock, Youth and Modernity (1995); Digital Borderlands: Cultural Studies of Identity and Interactivity on the Internet (2002); Consuming Media: Communication, Shopping and Everyday Life (2007); Signifying Europe (2012); Capitalism: A Companion to Marx’s Economy Critique (2013); Europe Faces Europe: Narratives from Its Eastern Half (2017); and Defending Culture: Conceptual Foundations and Contemporary Debate (2017).

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Prof. Eric Landowski

Paris, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)


Semiotician. Research director until 2014 (CNRS, Paris). Visiting professor at the University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) since 1992; co-founder and director of the Centro de Pesquisas Sociossemióticas (PUC-SP). Visiting professor at the University of Vilnius since 2002. Editor in chief of the on-line journal Actes Sémiotiques (co-founded with A.J. Greimas in 1979). Co-founder and former editor in chief of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. Main topic of research: the elaboration of a semiotic theory of meaning-construction in social interactions. Main books published: La Société réfléchie. Essais de socio-sémiotique, Paris, Seuil, 1989; Présences de l’autre. Essais de socio-sémiotique II, Paris, PUF, 1997; Passions sans nom. Essais de socio-sémiotique III, Paris, PUF, 2004; Les interacions risquées, Limoges, PULIM, 2005; Prasmė anapus teksto. Sociosemiotiniai esė, Vilnius, Baltos lankos, 2015; Com Greimas. Interações semióticas, São Paulo, Estação das Letras, 2017. With A.J. Greimas, Introduction à l’analyse du discours en sciences sociales, Paris, Hachette, 1979. With G. Ceriani, Impertinenze, Milan, Et al, 2010.

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Prof. Paolo Fabbri

Director of the Centro internazionale Scienze Semiotiche 
(CiSS), 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).


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