DeMorbo — Interdisciplinary research group on disease, disability and embodiment

Coordinator - prof. Roberto Brigati


DeMorbo has been active since 2010 with the purpose of promoting exchanges between different disciplines such as philosophy, social sciences, biomedical sciences, and building an interdisciplinary community of researchers focused on disease, disability, and the body of the diseased. The activities of the research group include, but are not limited to, seminars, workshops, bibliographic reference service, and the development of an interactive website (

ERC Sectors

LS2_12 - Biostatistics

LS4_1 - Organ physiology and pathophysiology

LS5_11 - Neurological disorders

LS5_12 - Psychiatric disorders

LS5_4 - Sensory systems

LS5_5 - Mechanisms of pain

LS7_10 - Environment and health risks, occupational medicine

LS7_11 - Medical ethics

LS7_9 - Public health and epidemiology

SH2_11 - Social studies of science and technology

SH2_3 - Kinship, cultural dimensions of classification and cognition, identity, gender

SH2_5 - Democratization, social movements

SH3_5 - Population dynamics, aging, health and society

SH4_10 - Philosophy of mind, epistemology and logic

SH4_5 - Social and clinical psychology

SH5_6 - Philosophy, history of philosophy

SH6_9 - Gender history

SH6_10   History of ideas, intellectual history, history of sciences and techniques


Antonella Brunelli

D cat. - library area

Raffaella Campaner

Full Professor

Marco Ciardi

Full Professor

Silvia Zullo

Associate Professor

Other Members

Maria Scurti (Dipartimento di Medicina Specialistica, Diagnostica e Sperimentale)

Silvia Contarini (Università di Udine)


Mission and research topics

The main goal of the DeMorbo project is interdisciplinary dialogue aimed at the development of a shared language on the topics of body and disease. Among the main topics are the following:

Definitions and ontology of health and disease;

Analysis of personal experiences of disease/disability/diversity;

Meanings of disease: personal, social, cultural;

Medicalization of body and society;

Narrative during and about disease;

Epistemology of medical knowledge and practice;

Ethics and health care policy.

Scientific production

Seminars realized within the DeMorbo research group include the presentation of original articles, books and research (ongoing or recently concluded), state of the art from the viewpoint of different disciplines, reading groups, seminars with significant contributors in the field. Speakers may be group members or external.

Visibility is offered to the research carried out by the members, for whom De morbo is an opportunity for both dissemination and discussion / exchange on research in progress. The meetings are generally public. DeMorbo also sponsors external initiatives and conferences. For reference to members’ publications, please visit the members’ individual Unibo pages and