Patrizia Violi is professor of semiotics at the Department of Communication at the University of Bologna. Since 2002 she is the coordinator of the Doctorate in Semiotics and vice president of the Higher School of Humanistic Studies in Bologna.
Since 2005 she is the coordinator of the Doctorate program in Humanities - Semiotics, Italian Institute of Human Sciences and University of Bologna. She directs the Center for Semiotic and Cognitive Studies, University of San Marino.
She has been visting scholar at Berkeley, the IBM research center in Yorktown Heights, University of Tokyo Yoshie, and has given courses and lectures in many universities abroad, including Toronto, Vancouver, Trondheim, Lugano, Madrid, Valencia, Sapporo, Sofia, Imatra.
Main areas of research: theories of semantics and semiotics, semiotics of text and culture, subjectivity and gender.
She is currently conducting research on the bodily basis of meaning and the emergence of a sense of corporeality, with particular reference to the preverbal stages of childhood development.