News and Events

Each year the Centre for Women’s Studies hosts conferences, seminars and day schools which bring together scholars in the Centre’s key fields as well as in emerging areas. We welcome items for the news and events webpage; please send to Harriet Badger,

Please browse our progamme of events, and contact us if you would like to contribute to or attend any of these events.

New Feminist Journal announced - Cultivate - call for papers

Cultivate the new, peer reviewed feminist journal based at the Centre for Women's Studies, University of York, is open for submissions for our first issue on the theme of 'Feminist Protests'. Submissions should be sent via email to by 1st November 2017.

Feminist Protests
‘Nevertheless, she persisted’: Living in a post-truth world and refusing to be post-feminist
Cultivate is an annual, open-access journal based in the University of York at the Centre for Women’s Studies. We are postgraduate-led and interested in the practices, nuances and articulations of feminism. We are based in Europe but open to global submissions of all kinds of studies related to or about feminism. We accept academic essays as well as cultural commentary and creative work. Both academics and non-academics are encouraged to submit material, in all mediums of art and critical thought, including but not limited to essays, photo essays, poetry, videos, podcasts.

The last year has seen a rise in populist politics in Europe and North America that threatens our social, cultural and political freedoms. Many of us are living in fear of what this divisive political climate might mean. Cultivate is interested in submissions around modes of resistance and challenges to attacks on our social, cultural and political freedoms.

Elizabeth Warren was warned, she was given an explanation, but nevertheless she persisted. Her resilience and tenacity has resonated with feminists and activists across the globe, and we are now interested in investigating the ways in which we can come together, to persist, resist and rise. Now we ask how we can harness the current political momentum to re-energise existing forms of political activism and cultivate new and radical approaches to old threats re-imagined. How can we unite across borders to tear down walls–physical, political, cultural, and social–faster than they can build them?

We are based in the U.K. and this issue has been inspired by feminist protest in response to the populist politics occurring here and in the U.S. However, feminist politics have been an integral part of activism globally, and we believe these expressions of resistance are necessary to the conversation around feminist protest. Therefore, we seek and encourage submissions from all over the world.

Submission guidelines and additional information about Cultivate can be found via the website

CWS Conference 2018

to be announced

Feminism in the Academy and Beyond

Discover short articles written by CWS lecturers and doctoral researchers, highlighting just some of the exciting, international and interdisciplinary feminist work undertaken here in CWS at

Read PhD student Manel Zouabi's article in Africa Studies Bulletin 78 (Winter 2016/17)

This article draws on parts of my doctoral research, and is also based on a paper I presented on January 2016 in the Yorkshire African Studies Network (YASN) Workshop on Gender and Sexuality. In this article, I examine how Tunisian women feminist activists are being constructed on Isalmist Facebook pages. I framed this research question within the post-revolutionary phase in Tunisia, which was marked by the overthrow of an allegedly 'feminist' dictatorship, and the consequent emergence of a pluralistic socio-political landscape. This landscape comprised, among other political forces, of Islamists who utilised Facebook in order to express their views on feminist activism, particularly the 'secular' feminism. Analysing two examplary posts through critical discourse analysis, I came to map, discuss, and challenge how gender and sexuality are constructed on these two posts.

The article features in Africa Studies Bulletin 78 (Winter 2016/17) and I would like to thank Dr Christian Hogsbjerg and the editorial team for their patience, support, and cooperation.

Presenting her BBC Three documentary

CWS PhD student Emily Yates writes about her experience making a documentary for BBC Three

'Talking Looks: Aesthetic Labour' Colloquium at Sheffield University

CWS PhD student Jamie Khoo writes about the two day event in July 2016

AHRC funding 2017

Applicants for AHRC doctoral studentships

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website:

Selected Past News, Conferences and Projects

CWS Conference 2017
In Sisterhood: CWS Annual Sisterhood in Action conference - 9 February 2017
Feminist Activism: Imagination and Social Change
Saturday, 7th May 2016 (with an evening event on the 6th May 2016)
Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Conference Website:

'Everyday Feminism' and MA Taster Day
9 March 2016


Women's History Project and Blog
Moving Beyond Boundaries: Gender, Knowledge, History

‘Moving Beyond Boundaries: Gender, Knowledge, History’ is an AHRC funded project run by PhD students Abigail Tazzyman and Bridget Lockyer from the Centre for Women’s Studies in collaboration with the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA). Working with a group of postgraduate students and Huntington School in York, the project focuses on how women's and gender history is taught in secondary schools, considering issues of gender representation and inequality in the school curriculum. To find out more follow the project blog or Twitter account @moving_b.


Metal and Marginalisation: Gender, Race, Class and Other Implications for Hard Rock and Metal
11 April 2014


Body Projects: Body Modification and the Female Body
9 March 2013


CWS wins Awards

CWS has won Vice-Chancellor's Teaching and Internationalisation Awards

Arab Women, Media and Sexuality Conference
26 May 2012

Sport, Gender and Media Conference
10 March 2012

After Girl Power: What’s Next? Girls’ Studies Conference
24-25 February 2012


Gender Practices, Perceptions and Representations

A Carnival of Feminist Cultural Activism


Not PowerPoint Again! Presenting research on women in popular culture differently

Asian Women Negotiating Hierarchy within Family

Gender Research within and across Disciplines


2009 was a particularly exciting year for CWS as we celebrated our 25 year anniversary. Please see our Anniversary Website for more details.

Gendering East/West July 2009

Cine 25: Women in Film and Media Showcase


Fat Studies in the UK

Violence Against Women: Histories, Methodologies, Activism and Research - A One-Day Conference in Honour of Jalna Hanmer


Last Updated: September 13, 2017 |

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