The annual meeting of the Italian Association of Semiotic Studies has just been held in Teramo (near Rome).
We had three days of conferences about Nature and Authenticity with the participation of many important scholars among which Umberto Eco himself!
In the congress I had the chance to meet two of my favorite academic authors: Patrick John Coppock and Paolo Bertetti.
Coppock is a very prolific philosopher and semiotician, you can check this paper too see from yourself how interesting is the stuff he writes!
Bertetti wrote a book on the intertextual and transmedia character Conan the Barbarian. This work will be one of the pillar upon which I'm struggling to build my PhD thesis!
I myself have presented a paper on the materiality of toys (soon on #SemioNerd) as part of University of Turin's Atelier. As always working in close contact with them has been informative and engaging!