Welcome to the Centre for Women's Studies

Professor Victoria Robinson Director, Centre for Women's Studies
Professor Victoria Robinson

Welcome to CWS from our Director, Professor Victoria Robinson.

Founded in 1984, the Centre for Women's Studies at York is among Britain's most well-established bases for feminist and gender-oriented teaching and research. We adopt a women-centred and interdisciplinary approach to the changing nature of both women's experiences and gender relations. By drawing on a range of disciplines - cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, politics, sociology, social policy - we explore the differing perspectives each has to offer, as well as the creative tensions between them.

The Centre for Women's Studies is an Interdepartmental Centre affiliated to the Departments of Sociology and English and Related Literature and our core staff formed part of their submissions to REF 2014. Sociology has been ranked 1st in the UK and English has been ranked second in the UK. CWS is thus the top ranked of all the gender and women's studies centres in the UK in terms of research excellence.

Our international reputation is based on:

  • Emphasis on race, racism and ethnicity;
  • Commitment to acknowledge the experiences of women in non-Western societies;
  • Strong tradition of historical research;
  • High profile in debates about literature and cultural reproduction;
  • Sensitivity to theoretical and conceptual issues; Focus on sexual diversities;
  • Unique research training programmes;
  • Innovations in teaching, such as writing and photography workshops.

The Centre for Women's Studies has good relations with departments throughout the University, especially those in the humanities and the social sciences. Each department runs its own research seminar series which are open to any graduate student. The Centre for Women's Studies organises its own regular staff-graduate seminars at which members of staff, graduate students and distinguished visiting scholars present research papers.

Victoria Robinson, Stevi Jackson, Clare Bielby, Ann Kaloski-Naylor, Evangeline Tsao (our Centre-based members of staff), Harriet Badger (the Centre Administrator) and our research group are housed on the third floor of Grimston House which is adjacent to the University Information Centre and the Market Square Retail Park. There is a common room where the various constituencies that make up Women's Studies (full time and part-time students, visitors, researchers and teaching staff) can meet to exchange ideas and information over coffee. The Centre has an average of 55 post-graduate students each year, who are of varying ages and disciplinary backgrounds, with a number coming from overseas.

Postal Address:
Centre for Women's Studies
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel + 44 (0)1904 323671
email: harriet.badger@york.ac.uk

Last Updated: September 14, 2017 | hb14@york.ac.uk

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