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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26
Feb

"Re-imagining Passing: A Feminist Project"

In this paper, Janine Bradbury shares work from her forthcoming book, Contemporary African American Women Writers and Passing, which explores the ways in which writers such as Gloria Naylor and Toni Morrison reimagine the passing-for-white genre from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Wed
13
Mar

How to Balance Academic Study with Mental Health & Well-being

A workshop from the University of York Open Door team on "How to Balance Academic Study with Mental Health & Well-being".

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GEMMA Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

Posted on Sunday 13 January 2019

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for the MA in Gender and Women's Studies (GEMMA) is now open. The scholarships will fund the tuition fees, participation cost and a contribution to subsistence / travel costs. These scholarships are open to all eligible International students.

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’.

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