DANIELE MONTICELLI took his PhD (2008) in Semiotics at Tartu University with a thesis on the nature of theoretical constructions in semiotics, philosophy and political theory and his MA degree (1995) in Philosophy at the University of Milan with a thesis on the semantic of conditionals. He works as Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Semiotics at Tallinn University where he chairs the Department of Romance Studies. His fields of research include philosophy of language, contrastive linguistics, translation theory, literary semiotics and political philosophy. He has published several articles on these topics and some literary and essayistic translations from Estonian into Italian. He regularly publishes reviews and essays on Estonian cultural journals and writes as a political columnist for Estonian newspapers.