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Centre for Women's Studies

Founded in 1984, the Centre for Women's Studies at York (CWS) is among the most well-established bases for feminist and gender-oriented teaching and research, both in the UK and internationally. Drawing on social science and arts-based methods, we explore and critique gendered ways of knowing. We adopt an inclusive, intersectional, transnational and interdisciplinary approach to the changing nature of women's experiences, gender relations and identities.

CWS is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1984, it has become a leading centre for interdisciplinary, transnational and intersectional women's and gender studies. Look out for events across the year to mark this milestone.

Research

Find out more about Women's Studies Now!

Find out more about CWS Student Wellbeing and Support

Sisterhood in Action 

Watch CWS's Inaugural Annual Lecture with Avtar Brah

Events

Tue
27
Feb

Women's Studies Now! "Storytelling York's LGBTQ+ Community Archive"

Please join us for "Storytelling York's LGBTQ+ Community Archive": a most special event, opening up York's Centre for Women's Studies rare and unique archive of North Eastern/Yorkshire LGBTQ+ history to the public for the very first time. 

Wed
6
Mar

Women's Studies Now! 'Challenges for Palestinian Feminists Now’ with Dr Nabila Espianoly

During York International Women’s Week, the Centre for Women’s Studies (in association with the Centre for Applied Human Rights and the University of York Palestinian Solidarity Collective) will be hosting a talk by clinical psychologist Nabila Espanioly, a feminist and activist from Nazareth.

Wed
20
Mar

Academic Writing Workshop

A short workshop designed for CWS students to enhance their academic writing skills.

Wed
1
May

Women Studies Now "CWS staff and alumni research spotlight"

The third Women's Studies Now event this semester spotlighting CWS staff and alumni research.