University of Bologna

ESR 11 is researching ‘The legacy of literary canons, European and beyond, as sites for the production of cultures of equality’
ESR 12 is researching ‘The contemporary text as a site for the production of cultures of equality’

University of BolognaThe University of Bologna was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in Western Europe. Nowadays, it still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe with around 85.000 enrolled students, 11 Schools, 35 research departments, 3000 academics and 3000 administrative staff members.

Besides, the University of Bologna is today the most internationalized of all Italian universities and the second in Europe.

The number of foreign students regularly enrolled is around 6000, while another 2000 arrive every year on international mobility programs such as LLP/Erasmus, Overseas and Erasmus Mundus Action II. The number of students of the University of Bologna who go abroad on exchange programs or on study grants is more than 2,000.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LILEC) has coordinated several European thematic networks (Cotepra, Acume, Acume2), which involved most of the partners of the consortium EDGES. It participated in the thematic European network ATHENA and is currently part of ATGENDER and it collaborates with Orlando (Centre of Women’s Research and the women’s national library). The Department has hosted and organized seminars and courses in Gender and Women’s Studies since 1984. It has coordinated the Erasmus Mundus GEMMA program since 2007. GEMMA offers a wide range of interdisciplinary courses in Italian, English and Spanish. The program includes courses with a specific expertise in literatures and critical theories; feminist methodologies and theories; women’s history; women and law, women and social sciences, women in the history of art.

The Unibo EDGES team has developed organizational skills and expertise in collaborative European research. The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures hosts various Research Centres: Centre for the Study of Literatures Written in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish in Europe and outside Europe; Centre for Quebecoise Studies (CISQ); Centre for Canadian Studies; Research Centre on Language Teaching (CIRSIL); Research Centre on European Studies; Research Centre for Linguistic-Cultural Studies (CeSLiC); The Centre for Utopian Studies; The Inter-University Centre for Research and Documentation on Romanticism.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers two interdisciplinary Phd programmes, the Erasmus Mundus European PhD course in European Literatures (DESE) and a PhD program in Modern Comparative and Postcolonial Literatures.

The project EDGES, aimed to develop a Joint European Phd in Gender and Women’s Studies, is coordinated by the University of Bologna (Coordinator: Lilla Maria Crisafulli, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, other members of the project: Rita Monticelli, Gilberta Golinelli, Serena Baiesi, Cristina Gamberi).