Professor Massimo Leone is a Visiting Fellow in 2021-22 and will be at CRASSH in Michaelmas Term 2021. While at CRASSH, Massimo will work on a sub-project entitled “Transhuman Portraits: Artificial Faces in Art, Science, and Society”, focusing on the meaning and agency of artificial faces. Massimo is the PI of ERC Consolidator Project FACETS (2019-2024).
Massimo is also a Full Tenured Professor (“Professore Ordinario”) of Philosophy of Communication, Visual Semiotics, and Cultural Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, Italy and Permanent Part-Time Visiting Full Professor of Semiotics in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Shanghai, China. He is a 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant recipient, the most important and competitive research grant in Europe. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Siena and holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Religious Studies from the Sorbonne, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Fribourg (CH).