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Prof. Dr. Dario Martinelli (1974), musicologist and semiotician, is Full Professor of History and Theory of Arts at Kaunas University of Technology, and is also affiliated to the University of Helsinki, as Adjunct Professor in Semiotics and Musicology, and to the University of Lapland, as Adjunct Professor in Methodologies of Semiotics and Communication Studies. He is also Editor-in-chief of the series “Numanities – Arts and Humanities in Progress“, published by Springer.

He graduated at Bologna University in 1999, under the supervision of Prof. Gino Stefani, and earned his PhD at Helsinki University in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Eero Tarasti. He regards these two scholars as his most important academic mentors.

As of 2020, he has published 14 monographs and over 150 among edited collections, studies and scientific articles. His most recent monographs include: The Intertextual Knot – An Analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (Springer, 2021), What You See Is What You Hear – Creativity and Communication in Audiovisual Texts (Springer, 2020), Give Peace a Chant – Popular Music, Politics and Social Protest (Springer, 2017), Basics of Animal Communication (CSP, 2017), Arts and Humanities in Progress (Springer 2016), Lights, Camera, Bark! (Technologija, 2014), Authenticity, Performance and Other Double-Edged Words (Acta Semiotica Fennica, 2011), A Critical Companion to Zoosemiotics (Springer, 2010). He also wrote a monograph of the “popular philosophy” type, entitled Lettera a un futuro animalista (Mursia, 2014), and translated in Lithuanian under the title Laiškai sūnui vegetarui (Kitos Knygos, 2017).

Besides his affiliations, he has been visiting professor in four academic institutions, and has been giving ca. eighty lecture courses in fourteen different academic institutions in Europe.

His academic interests are summarized in this research map:


In addition, Dario is currently developing a new research path called “Numanities”, devoted to the rethinking of the role and paradigm of humanities in nowadays society.

He has been recipient of several prizes, including, in 2006, a knighthood from the Italian Republic for his contribution to Italian culture.