The Institute

The mission of the International Women’s Studies Institute (IWSI) is to provide access to interdisciplinary knowledge about European women artists (writers, painters, architects), active from the Middle Ages to contemporary times, through the fostering of transdisciplinary collaboration among researchers and through public programming to make new research accessible to wide audiences. The institute is directed by Professors Carla Rossi (University of Zurich) and Consuelo Lollobrigida (University of Arkansas Rome Center).

The Institute is particularly involved in the following projects:
- Setting up the Italian Women's Library (Biblioteca Femminile Italiana)
- Promoting the virtual exhibition project dedicated to Swiss women painters called Die Angelikas ¦ Les Angéliques ¦ Le Angeliche 
- A Two-year postgraduate specialisation course in Women's Studies

- An international workshop in 2021 

Institute directors:

Prof. Consuelo Lollobrigida

Prof. Carla Rossi


Head of the Modern & Contemporary Art Department

Prof. Margherita Abbozzo

Head of the Department of Gender Issues in Translation Studies

Prof. Betül Parlak Cengiz

Anna Waser, 1678-1714, Self-portrait, reproduced by kind permission of the Kunsthaus Zürich, Fotografie, Bildrechte und Bildarchiv