Simona Stano is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Turin and Senior Researcher at the International Semiotics Institute. She holds a PhD in Sciences of Language and Communication from the University of Turin (UNITO, Italy) and a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Lugano (USI, Switzerland). She worked as Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Toronto (UofT, Canada – February-September 2013), the University of Barcelona (UB, Spain) and the Observatorio de la Alimentación (ODELA, Spain – October 2015-January 2016). She has recently been awarded a Marie Curie Global Fellowship for a research project (“Communication for Food Protection – COMFECTION”) that she will carry out (2019-2021) in collaboration with the University of Turin and New York University (NYU, US).
She holds a BA in Communication Studies (UNITO, with 9-month SOCRATES/Erasmus Programme at UV, Valencia, Spain), a MA in Multimedia and Mass Communications (UNITO), and a Postgraduate degree in Intercultural Studies and Peace Culture (UAB, Barcelona, Spain).
Dr. Stano deals mainly with semiotics of culture, food semiotics, body semiotics, visual, urban and communication studies, and has published several articles, chapters of books and edited volumes (including special issues of top semiotic journals such as Semiotica and Lexia) on these topics. Her last monograph is entitled Eating the Other. Translations of the Culinary Code (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). She has presented many papers at national and international conferences, also organising and co-directing several scientific events and research projects.
In 2014 Dr. Stano was awarded the title of “Expert in Philosophy and Theory of Languages” from the University of Turin. In recent years she has collaborated as examiner, lecturer and/or supervisor of undergraduate and graduate students with several universities in Italy and abroad (e.g. University of Turin, University of Toronto, Bologna University, University of Palermo, eCampus University, Kaunas University of Technology, Università della Svizzera Italiana, etc.). Moreover, she has delivered semiotic and cultural analysis for international agencies and private organisations.
In addition to semiotics, Simona is keen on photography, creative writing, painting and traveling.