English Description

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The Interdepartmental Center for Gender Studies - ABCD is based at the University of Milano-Bicocca and is led (2019-2021) by Elisabetta Ruspini (Director), Department of Sociology and Social Research.

ABCD has a distinct interdisciplinary vision. The following Departments are members of ABCD:

  • Department of Business and Law - Dipartimento di Scienze Economico-Aziendali e Diritto per l’Economia (Representative Person: Roberta Provasi);
  • Department of Economics, Management and Statistics - Dipartimento di Economia, Metodi Quantitativi e Strategie d’Impresa (Representative Person: Laura Pagani);
  • Department of Human Sciences for Education - Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione (Representative Person: Gabriella Seveso);
  • Department of Law - Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza (Representative Person: Claudia Pecorella);
  • Department of Material Science - Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali (Representative Person: Simona Binetti);
  • Department of Physics - Dipartimento di Fisica (Representative Person: Silvia Penati);
  • Department of Psychology - Dipartimento di Psicologia (Representative Person: Chiara Volpato);
  • Department of Sociology and Social Research - Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale (Representative Person: Patrizia Farina);
  • Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods - Dipartimento di Statistica e Metodi Quantitativi (Representative Person: Laura Terzera, vice-Director).
ABCD promotes and disseminates gender research and gender studies.

The main aims of the Center are:

  • To encourage scientific cooperation between scholars from different disciplines, with the aim of identifying new directions for gender-sensitive research, at both national and international level;
  • To promote gender-equality in research and to integrate gender into research;
  • To develop interdisciplinary research practices with a focus on intersectional gender differences and inequalities, and their association with a number of factors such as age, socio-economic condition, ethnicity, religion (and so on);
  • To support interdisciplinary research practices on gender differences, including the biological and medical aspects, and issues related to people with disabilities experience;
  • To disseminate gender-sensitive knowledge through research projects and research publications;
  • To promote public debates on gender-related issues at the national and international levels;
  • To organize conferences, seminars, meetings and to support events to disseminate gender knowledge and gender studies;
  • To facilitate opportunities for discussion within and outside the University about gender issues and to support cooperation with communities, associations, and institutions for a better integration of the gender dimension in research programs;
  • To promote education activities on gender differences and inequalities;
  • To endorse collaboration among University centers that focus on gender studies, also through the participation in conferences, events and projects aimed at promoting networking and mutual learning.
For further information:

Centro Interdipartimentale per gli Studi di Genere-ABCD abcd.studidigenere@unimib.it