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. 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. 

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Re-writing Connie Converse, Chapter and Verse: Queer Folk, Queer Quietude, and the 1950s Lesbian Bar Scene of Greenwich Village, New York

An exploratory paper recuperating the undiscovered queer folk of songwriter, polymath, and peace academic-activist Connie Converse, who disappeared in her VW camper van in 1974 never to be heard from again.

But is she pretty?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXlZdqm-jGo&list=PLqL9vrHSa70NTc8rVYoUE4sbosaIrnNpE&index=9

Watch Jamie Khoo, CWS PhD student, present her winning Three Minute Thesis (3MT) in the 2018 York 3MT competition. 

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British Sociological Association highlight the launch of our new MA in Women's and Gender Studies (GEMMA)

Posted on Thursday 13 December 2018

We are excited to feature in the British Sociological Association Magazine for Autumn 2018 to announce the introduction of our new MA in Women's and Gender Studies (GEMMA).

CWS has joined new collaborative European sponsored Masters

Posted on Thursday 8 November 2018

The Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) has joined a consortium of leading international Women’s and Gender Studies departments to deliver the GEMMA Masters programme, a recognised European ‘Masters of Excellence’.

CWS PhD student's success at Public Engagement

Posted on Monday 5 November 2018

Jamie Khoo our PhD student has recently won the People Choice award at the national finals of the 3MT and become a finalist in the Falling Walls Lab in Surrey. Read about her success and watch her presentation.

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What our students say

"Make the most of your time at this great centre - the more you put in the more you'll get out of it (and the sky's the limit for that)!" - Lotika (former PhD student)

Read more students' experiences at the CWS.