Isabella Pezzini is Professor of Philosophy, Theory of Language, at the Department of Communication and Social Research, teaching Semiotic sciences of texts and languages to the Faculty of Political Science, Sociology and Communication at the Sapienza University of Rome. She is member of the PhD Program in Communication Sciences of the same University, and member of the Scientific Board of the PhD in Semiotics at the University of Bologna (SUM). In 2008-2013 is part of the Commission for the evaluation of Sapienza PhD programs.
In 2009-2013 she is president of the Italian Association of Semiotic Studies. She served on the Executive Committee of the Italian Society of Philosophy of Language.
Since 1981 she is coeditor of "Versus - Semiotic studies", edited by Umberto Eco, and member of the editorial board of E/C; Lexia; Comunicazione.doc and Sensibilia, Permanent Colloquium on Aesthetics and Perception. She is the editor of “Collana di semiotica” (Nuova Cultura, Rome), and member of the scientific committee of semiotics series studies (Mimesis, Milan; Bononia University Press, Bologna).
She graduated in Philosophy at Bologna in 1980, specialized at the EHESS in Paris (DEA) and received her PhD in Semiotics at Bologna in 1990, with Umberto Eco. She’s been adjunct professor at the University of Bologna (88/89), Zurich (89/90), Ferrara (90/93), Rome (93/96); researcher (96/98) at the University of Siena. She has also given lectures and seminars at the universities of Bucharest, Cambridge (UK), Imatra, London (UCL), Louvain, Madrid, Paris (EHESS), Sao Paolo in Brazil (PUCS), Pinar del Rio (Cuba), Vitoria (Brazil) , Lisbon etc.
Her research covers topics of general semiotics in relation to theories of language (the development of modern and contemporary discipline, epistemological and theoretical debate). The semiotics of text and narrative are both theoretical and methodological level practiced in several areas of research (statement, expression of subjectivity and affectivity; persuasive and symbolic efficacy): analytical studies relate to specific texts literary and narrative, and extended to the visual and syncretic pathways. The mass communication is mainly investigated as a field of the contemporary imaginary, according to a semiotic approach, focusing in case studies dedicated to changing patterns of television, journalism, textual genres and formats. Recently, she extended his studies to semiotics of space and architecture, with particular interest in public spaces, places of consumption and museums. She has been responsible for a research unit within the national project Cofin (PRIN 2006) , on "Writing and rewriting of the city", directed by Ugo Volli.
Latest publications: Semiotica dei nuovi musei (Bari, Laterza, 2011); Immagini quotidiane. Sociosemiotica visuale (Roma, Laterza, 2008); with M. Leone, ed., Semiotica delle soggettività, (Roma, Aracne, 2013); with Vincenza del Marco, ed., Passioni collettive. Politica, cultura, società (Roma, Nuova Cultura, 2012); La fotografia. Oggetto teorico e pratica sociale (Roma, Nuova Cultura, 2011). Others: Le passioni del lettore. Saggi di semiotica del testo (Milano, Bompiani, 1998); La tv delle parole. Grammatica del talk show, (Roma, Eri-Rai, 1999); Lo spot elettorale. La vicenda italiana di una forma di comunicazione politica (Roma, Meltemi, 2001); Il testo galeotto. La lettura come pratica efficace (Roma, Meltemi, 2007). Editions: Trailer, spot, siti, banner, Le forme brevi della comunicazione audiovisiva (Roma, Meltemi, 2003); Le avventure di Pinocchio. Tra i linguaggi, with Paolo Fabbri (Roma, Meltemi 2004); Scene del consumo. Dallo shopping al museo, con Pierluigi Cervelli (Roma, Meltemi, 2006); with Gianfranco Marrone: Senso e metropoli. Per una semiotica posturbana e Linguaggi della città. Senso e metropoli II. Modelli e proposte di analisi (Roma, Meltemi, 2006 e 2008); Roma: luoghi del consumo, consumo dei luoghi, Ara Pacis, Auditorium, Esquilino e altro, Analisi semiotiche e sociolinguistiche (PRIN 2006), Roma, Nuova Cultura 2009.