I am currently a Professor of Italian Studies and Semiotics at Tallinn University. I hold an MA degree (University of Milano, 1995) in Philosophy, a PhD (University of Tartu, 2008) in Semiotics and I have been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Comparative Literature of Yale University (2013/14). I teach a range of subjects in contemporary Italian history, society and politics, philosophy of language, comparative literature and research seminars. My research is characterized by a wide and interdisciplinary range of interests which include philosophy of language, translation theory, literary semiotics, Italian studies and contemporary critical theory with particular focus on the political thought of Agamben, Badiou, Negri, Rancière and Žižek. Since 2003 I have participated in several international research projects in the fields of linguistics, semiotics, translation studies and from 2010 to 2012 I have been the recipient of the Estonian Science Foundation’s research grant “Translators (Re)shaping Cultural Repertoire”. I have presented the results of my research on these topics in around 60 academic articles and been the initiator and editor of 6 collections of papers in five different languages published by both Estonian-based and international scientific journals and publishers. I am presently working on the book project "Exceeding spaces, loose temporalities. The (De)construction of Totality in Philosophy, Semiotics and Politics" which critically explores the nature of theoretical thinking and constructs in the humanities. I have authored literary and essayistic translations from Estonian into Italian. I regularly publish reviews and essays on cultural journals and Estonian newspapers.