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New Models of Sanctity in Italy (1960s-2010s).A Semiotic Analysis of Norms, Causes of Saints, Hagiography, and Narratives

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Project "NeMoSanctI" data sheet

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Organization address
city: TORINO
postcode: 10124

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙051˙590 €
 EC max contribution 1˙051˙590 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-03-01   to  2023-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO IT (TORINO) coordinator 1˙051˙590.00


 Project objective

In cultures with a strong Catholic tradition saints represent models of life perfection, dialectically elaborated by a plurality of subjects and expressed in a thick intertextual network. Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), when the Church promoted a policy of adaptation of her tradition to the modern world, the modeling of sanctity has undergone a deep transformation. In a context of global change, new models of sanctity have assumed a central role in guiding the faithful by proposing a renewed religious alternative to growing secularization. NeMoSanctI intends to study how models of sanctity have changed after the Second Vatican Council and their relationship with the culture of a country exemplum of strong Catholicism: Italy. To this end, it will apply a pioneering semiotic method based on the study of values, which will allow the comparative analysis of a corpus of texts of different genres: - normative texts regulating sanctity emanating from the Church; - judicial texts, i.e. causes of canonization of three famous Italian saints (Padre Pio, Gianna Beretta Molla, and Gerardo Maiella), with a focus on the dialectics between the models proposed by laic witnesses and by ecclesiastic inquirers; - narrative texts, i.e. a sample of popular hagiography about the three saints, of official hagiographic collections, and of Italian literary texts, where the theme of sanctity tends to be unconventionally elaborated and dissociated from Catholic values. Despite its relevance for a deeper understanding of the role of religion in today’s culture, a systematic research on new models of sanctity and on their intertextual codification is still missing. By carrying out this research and by proposing an innovative semiotic method for the analysis of models of life perfection, NeMoSanctI will have a significant impact on numerous disciplines, especially semiotics, religious and cultural studies, critical studies of hagiography and canon law, literary and Italian studies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Jenny Ponzo
Martyrs on Trial, from the Court to the Stage: Diego Fabbri, T.S. Eliot, G.B. Shaw and the Social Drama of Martyrd
published pages: 509-526, ISSN: 1720-5298, DOI:
Lexia 31-32 2019-10-14
2018 Francesco Galofaro
Figures of Memory and Memories of the Figure. The Group of Martyrs in the Litany of the Saints
published pages: 217-236, ISSN: 1720-5298, DOI:
Lexia 31-32 2019-10-14
2018 Eleonora Rai
\"La legge e il martirio. Morte e normativa nel processo di canonizzazione del \"\"protomartire\"\" gesuita Antonio Criminali (XVI-XX secolo)\"
published pages: 237-259, ISSN: 1720-5298, DOI:
Lexia 31-32 2019-10-14
2018 Guido Ferraro, Jenny Ponzo
Dalla paura alla vertigine. Martiri nella letteratura contemporanea
published pages: 433-456, ISSN: 1720-5298, DOI:
Lexia 31-32 2019-10-14
2018 Jenny Ponzo
Prefazione / Preface
published pages: 9-20, ISSN: 1720-5298, DOI:
Lexia 31-32 2019-10-14
2018 Andrea Pennini
La Rivoluzione e la metafora del martirio. Considerazioni sull\'allocuzione Quare Lacrymae e sull\'Orazione ne\' funerali di Pio VI
published pages: 261-279, ISSN: 1720-5298, DOI:
Lexia 31-32 2019-10-14
2018 Gabriele Marino
Approaching the Martyrologium Romanum. A semiotic perspective
published pages: 175-215, ISSN: 1720-5298, DOI:
Lexia 31-32 2019-10-14
2019 Jenny Ponzo
Vetus Ordo Missae : Italian Catholic priests facing the revival of Latin and traditional liturgy
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 1035-0330, DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2019.1647819
Social Semiotics 2019-10-08

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