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2022 events

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

Wednesday 6 March 2024

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.

Publishing and Peer review

Wednesday 14 June 2023

Join us for a publishing and peer review workshop with Dr Blu Tirohl

Roundtable Discussion: Mobilising Women’s Studies Now! Feminist Activism and Scholarship in Dialogue

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Chaired by Boriana Alexandrova (CWS, University of York, the event features the following speakers: Ann Kaloski Ruth Kelly Anugya Kunwar Mariam Topchishvili

Academic Writing II

Wednesday 3 May 2023

Join us for a academic writing workshop with Prof. Stevi Jackson.

Cleanfluencing: The Spectacular Return of the Housewife in the Late Modern Digital Age

Tuesday 2 May 2023

Popular depictions of housework as ‘sparking joy’; as the preserve of the ‘happy housewife’; as key to a happy family; as an expression of ‘care’; and as ‘women’s work’, have a long and stubborn history. Today, digital social media is flooded with images of gleaming, immaculately tidy homes with accounts dedicated to reproducing images of women cleaning, tidying and ordering domestic spaces omnipresent across social media. The influencer boon, alongside a renewed post-pandemic focus on keeping homes clean, germ-free and ‘safe’, has culminated in the burgeoning popularity of ‘cleanfluencing’; an online re-configuration of the white woman housewife, responsible for curating digital images of the perfect home and with overwhelmingly women followers. And yet housework remains one of the most unequal institutions globally.

Spring Term Social

Tuesday 14 March 2023

On behalf of CWS, I wanted to invite you to our Spring Social next week. There'll be food, wine, and hopefully some fun games.

Centre for Women’s Studies Annual Lecture: Thinking Decolonially through an Intersectional Lens

Wednesday 8 March 2023

Speaker: Avtar Brah, Professor Emerita in Sociology at Birkbeck Chaired by Rachel Alsop, Director of CWS

Roundtable Discussion: Queer Now!

Tuesday 7 February 2023

Speaker(s): Chaired by Ann Kaloski Naylor (CWS, UoY), the event features four speakers.

Roundtable on Gender and Violence

Monday 21 November 2022

As part of its Women’s Studies Now! seminar series, York’s Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) is delighted to invite you to a roundtable discussion on gender and violence to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:

Roundtable on Gender and Violence

Monday 21 November 2022

Chaired by Clare Bielby

FRACS workshop on M-Level Essay Writing

Wednesday 26 October 2022

The workshop is tailored specifically to those writing Masters level essays for the first time, though all are welcome to come along. If you have any specific areas you would like to be covered in the session, please feel free to email Clare by Friday 21st October (

“Women, Life, Freedom”: A Feminist Uprising in Iran

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Speaker: Zahra Tizro

Women's Studies Now!

Wednesday 19 October 2022

Explore the flyer for more information!

Roundtable on Gender and Migration

Wednesday 19 October 2022

Chaired by Rachel Alsop

Expert panel on gender equality

Wednesday 12 October 2022

This is for all PGT and PGR students.

Digital Skills Sessions

Thursday 29 September 2022

Sign up for one of these Digital Skills Sessions

CWS Welcome Social

Tuesday 27 September 2022

Food, drinks, music & feminist merriment for all CWS staff, & students!

PGR Induction

Tuesday 27 September 2022

PGR Induction to welcome all new PGR students at CWS.

GEMMA Induction

Monday 26 September 2022

GEMMA Induction welcoming all new GEMMA students at CWS.

Building the CWS Community Manifesto

Monday 26 September 2022

Thinking creatively about how we build and sustain our shared community values, this interactive session will bring all new and current CWS students together to brainstorm and start building a collective manifesto of our core community principles. We will think about what we, collectively, feel are crucial values we must sustain and continuously care for as a community: what do we stand for? What can we not stand for? What are the values we can write down together in order to make sure our community is free from racism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination? What does our collective feminism look like?

MA Induction

Monday 26 September 2022

This is an MA Induction welcoming all new MA students joining us at CWS.

CWS End of Term Social 'Around the World' Picnic

Tuesday 14 June 2022

This event will involve an ‘around the world’ potluck picnic and you are invited to make and/or bring a dish which you enjoy and which showcases your national or regional culture. We are so lucky to have such an international community in the CWS and this is an opportunity to share and enjoy food from other backgrounds.

FRACS Seminar - Entering the archive of second wave trans feminism(s) (Emily Cousens)

Monday 30 May 2022

This seminar is entitled 'Entering the archive of second wave trans feminism(s)' and will be led by Emily Cousens

FRACS Seminar - Film in research, film as research: reflections on the democratising potential of feminist methodologies in Hong Kong (Petula, Sik Ying Ho)

Wednesday 18 May 2022

This seminar is entitled 'Film in research, film as research: reflections on the democratising potential of feminist methodologies in Hong Kong' and will be led by Petula, Sik Ying Ho.

FRACS Seminar - The role of trade unions and feminist activism in addressing inequalities (Amy Keirl)

Friday 13 May 2022

This seminar is entitled 'Who holds power? The role of trade unions and feminist activism in addressing inequalities' and will be led by Amy Keirl.


Saturday 12 March 2022

What does 'climate feminism' mean? How do we envisage actions for climate justice: what impact, and for whom?

Abortion is not a bad word

Wednesday 9 March 2022

This session will explore the stigma of abortion, facilitated by a researcher from the project.

The making of a feminist library: Talk with artist Aqui Thami

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Aqui Thami is a Mumbai-based multidisciplinary artist, activist and academic.

Discussing trans politicians in India: Who has rights and who needs reservation?

Sunday 6 March 2022

A panel discussion on trans rights, reservations and politics in India.


Saturday 5 March 2022

The session will also address climate feminism in relation to recent global events and will allow for an open discussion and a distribution of resource to awaken the feminist eco warrior within you.