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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"Precarious work and constructions of masculinities among ‘day labourers’ in South Africa"

Join us for a research seminar on "Precarious work and constructions of masculinities among ‘day labourers’ in South Africa" by Dr. Mandisa Malinga, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Christmas Crafting & Social

A chance for CWS staff and students to catch-up prior to the Christmas break.

But is she pretty?


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


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.

Virtual Open Day - 20th November 15:00-17:00

Posted on Wednesday 31 October 2018

The Centre for Women's Studies will be attending a Virtual Open Day on the 20th November 2018 15:00-17:00. If you are interested in or have applied to our MA or PhD programme do feel free to join us. Our admissions tutor will be there to answer your questions. More information can be found on the University of York website: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/open-days/virtual-open-day/

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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)

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