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Michele Martini


Marie Curie Fellow

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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Semiotics – [CUM LAUDE] Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy)
  • Master's degree (MA), Semiotics - [CUM LAUDE] University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
  • Bachelor's degree (BA), Communication Science - University of Verona, Verona (Italy)

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Michele Martini’s research is primarily focused on computational social science and specifically on the development of methods for the analysis of unstructured datasets such as texts, videos, images and user interfaces.

Within this field, he has focused on three main areas of interest. The first one is the study of education policies, where he employs corpus linguistics and networked text analysis to trace significant discursive transformations in governmental documents.

The second area of interest concerns the use of new media technologies by religious organizations for proselytization purposes. In this case, the study combined media analysis with interviews and ethnographic observations to understand the interaction between online and offline religious structures, especially focusing on emerging forms of community-building and their legitimization.

Finally, the third area of interest focuses on online visibility (e.g. YouTube or Instagram), its potential to create new political spaces, its interaction with offline visibility and how such interaction support or disrupt established power structures.

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Research Topics

  • Computational Social Science
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Visual Analysis
  • Policy Analysis
  • Digital Religion

Current Research Project(s)

  • Meritocracy and Global Competences in Educational Policies
  • Networked Holiness: New Media Entrepreneurship of Catholic Monastic Communities
  • Networked Visibility and Community-Building on Social Platforms

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Principal and Recent Publications

Golan, O., & Martini, M. (forthcoming) Networking Catholicism: Global Leadership, Religious Authority, and Pilgrimage in the Digital Age. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Carrigan, M., Martini, M., Moscoviz, H. & Robertson, S. (forthcoming) Building the Post-Pandemic University. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Martini, M. & Robertson, S. (forthcoming). Erasures and Equivalences: Negotiating the Politics of Culture in the OECD’s Global Competence Project. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

Martini, M. (forthcoming). The Catholic Church and the Media: A Corpus Linguistics Analysis of Vatican Documents from 1967 to 2020. Journal of Media and Religion.

Golan, O., & Martini, M. (2020). The Making of contemporary papacy: manufactured charisma and Instagram. Information, Communication & Society, 23(9), 1368-1385.

Michele M. (2019) Topological and Networked Visibility: Politics of Seeing in the Digital Age. Semiotica, 2019(231), 259-277.

Martini, M. (2018) Online distant witnessing and live-streaming activism: emerging differences in the activation of networked publics. New Media & Society, 20(11), 4035–4055.

Martini, M. (2018). On the user’s side: YouTube and distant witnessing in the age of technology-enhanced mediability. Convergence, 24(1), 33-49.