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2020 events

End of term social

Wednesday 23 June 2021

End of term social

Understanding the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence Experience and Addiction

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Understanding the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence Experience and Addiction

Conducting your fieldwork: Top Tips from Feminist Researchers Workshop

Wednesday 9 June 2021

This workshop will be perfect for you if you are in the midst of planning or conducting your fieldwork, either for your MA dissertation or the early stages of your PhD

It Changes How You Feel About Yourself to Have This History": Making Adventures in Time and Gender

Wednesday 2 June 2021

In this talk, Prof. Jana Funke will reflect on her experiences as a queer literary scholar and historical researcher who has been involved in leading collaborative LGBTQ+-focused public engagement and impact initiatives for almost a decade.

Women’s rights work in and post-COVID: A cross-regional roundtable discussion with VAW organisations in the UK

Wednesday 26 May 2021

Join us for a candid roundtable discussion with leading regional as well as grassroots organisations and individual activists fighting for rights, protections, shelter, and the futures of women, refugees, and those most violently marginalised by existing systems of gendered, racist, classist, and cultural oppression pre-, during, and post-COVID.

"Own the room like a boss: Presentation skills workshop"

Wednesday 19 May 2021

In this workshop, we'll dig deep into why it's important to share your research, and get you excited about speaking to others about your work.

The Songs of Hecate: Poetry and the Language of the Occult.

Wednesday 21 April 2021

In recent years, in the UK, and across Europe and the US, there has been a growing fascination with the occult, and especially with the figure of the witch, in all her variety, difference and infinite capacity. Much has already been written about contemporary Western culture’s renewed interest in witchcraft and the occult, from the appearance of ‘insta-witches’ to the rise of neo-pagan practice. But what I want to do in this talk is think about this ‘occult moment’ in relation to poetry.

End-of-Term "Care Share" Social

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Each of us deserves some softness and sweetness, some spaces to exhale and to celebrate our strength, our personal and collective growth, as well as to reconnect with all the good things (and people!) who have uplifted and fortified us during this growthful but also no doubt tiring time.

Publishing in (Feminist) Academia Workshop

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Publishing in (Feminist) Academia Workshop

Using Creative Writing as a Research Method

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Using Creative Writing as a Research Method

Framing Lesbians, Fashioning Desire

Wednesday 24 February 2021

The artist Tee Corinne once described her collaborations with photographer Honey Lee Cottrell as the pursuit of images that “read as lesbian”. This required negotiating the demands of a community and the dynamics of desire alongside the material conditions of photographic production. This talk turns to the work of Phyllis Christopher who became known for her intimate, erotic portraits of lesbians in San Francisco the 1990s.

Sisterhood in Action Conference

Monday 8 February 2021

Sisterhood in Action Conference

Indigenous Pedagogy: How to Teach a Decolonized Curriculum

Thursday 4 February 2021

Our speaker - Akua Sarr - will talk about how she planned and taught one of my favorite classes in university - “Growing Up Ethnic”, what anti-racist methods she used, how she incorporates Jesuit teaching into her work, and how she dealt with a classroom specifically designed to include individuals of non-White on non-Western origi

Introduction to Teaching at York Workshop

Thursday 28 January 2021

A workshop to introduce teaching at York

Workshop: Academic Writing in Women's Studies

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Details coming soon.

Islamic Feminism, Today and Tomorrow

Wednesday 25 November 2020

A central voice in discussions around gender relations in Islam today and a valued Maslaha advisor. one of the founding members of the global network Musawah, which strives for equality and justice in the Muslim family.

On the Other Side of the Border: Cultural Activism Against Apartheid

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Details coming soon.

Querying or Queering Gender: The lived experience of zhongxing (middle gender/sex) women in China and Hong Kong

Wednesday 11 November 2020

The mediated and gendered phenomenon of zhongxing (‘middle gender/sex’ or ‘neutral gender/sex’) since the 2000s has mainstreamed non-normative gender expressions among women in the Sinophone world and attracted considerable academic discussion. Scholarly works have either placed heavy emphasis on textual representation or assumed that zhongxing is exclusively relevant to masculine lesbians. In this talk, I would like to extend the current literature by exploring the everyday practice of zhongxing among both heterosexual and queer Chinese women in urban China and Hong Kong. By drawing from 70 semi-structured interviews and discourse analysis of Internet forums, I argue that Chinese women practise zhongxing to construct alternative modes of doing gender. My findings suggest that my research participants engage in precarious boundary management by re-doing appearance and personality, as well as negotiating between respectability and authenticity. Although most of them agree that zhongxing has offered new opportunities to explore their gendered selfhood, their everyday practice of zhongxing paradoxically reinforces gender binderies and heteronormative values.

Taking Care: Mental Health & Well-being Workshop

Tuesday 3 November 2020

To help you take a breather from teaching and recalibrate in reading week, the FRACS team is delighted to invite all CWS students and staff to our workshop on "Taking Care: Mental Health & Well-being," run by Francesca Lewis (CWS PhD, 3rd year) and Bobby Alexandrova (CWS staff).

Applying for a PhD FRACS Workshop

Friday 23 October 2020

We're delighted to announce that our FRACS workshop on "Applying for a PhD" is coming up next Friday, Oct 23 at 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Zoom, run by Bobby (