Professor Dario Martinelli is Director of the International Semiotics Institute, Full Professor at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, and Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Helsinki and Lapland. He has published 11 monographs and more than a hundred among edited collections, studies and scientific articles. His books include Arts and Humanities in Progress: A Manifesto of Numanities (2016), Lights, Camera, Bark! – Representation, semiotics and ideology of non-human animals in cinema (2014), A Critical Companion to Zoosemiotics: People, Paths, Ideas (2010), and Of Birds, Whales and Other Musicians – An Introduction to Zoomusicology (2009). In 2006, he was knighted by the Italian Republic for his contribution to Italian culture.