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Welcome to the Centre for Feminist Research

The Centre for Feminist Research / Le centre de recherches féministes promotes feminist activities and collaborative research at York University by consistently, working to establish and maintain research linkages between York scholars and local, national, international and transnational communities. Feminist research in it's broadest term may be conceived, as being concerned with issues of women, gender, class, race, sexuality, ability and feminism.

The CFR continues to welcome feminist initiatives from the arts, social sciences, sciences and engineering - bring your scholarship, creative works, policy papers, and ideas to share with like-minded colleagues! We especially welcome margin-to-centre feminist perspectives.

What We Do

  • Support and guide the development of grants including designing budgets and knowledge mobilization plans, and
    providing editing and project planning with content expertise
  • Provide post-award support for researchers who house their grants at the Centre for Feminist Research
  • Host events and provide administrative support in the planning of events, including applying for funding
  • Support the development of new research clusters to connect associates around topics of interest
  • Provide knowledge mobilization support through multiple platforms
  • Host Visiting Scholars, Visiting Graduate Students and Associates within York and beyond
  • Share feminist opportunities, events and calls in our bi-weekly newsletter
  • Disseminate research, insights and ideas through our Feminists in Focus Series
  • The CFR is part of a North American network of feminist research organizations
  • The CFR is the host institution for the interdisciplinary feminist sessions at the annual Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences

The CFR welcomes feminist initiatives from the arts, social sciences, professions, and science - bring your scholarship, creative works, policy papers, and ideas to share with like-minded colleagues! We especially welcome margin-to-centre feminist perspectives.

Still from Mela Jaloos (2022) directed by Abdullah Qureshi. Thesis film as part of York MFA Film program.

feminist film festival

April 18 and 19, 2024

Nat Taylor Cinema, Ross Building, York University

The Centre for Feminist Research and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University invite submissions for the inaugural edition of the feminist film festival ! With the support of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD), and in conjunction with the 2024 AMPD Graduate Symposium Webs of Connectivity, this showcase will feature recent audio-visual productions created by York University graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as part of a curated festival of films with a feminist and/or 2SLGBTQ+ theme. We welcome films created as research-creation projects within graduate programs, as well as those recently created by students and postdocs outside of the university context.

Link to full Call for Submissions

Questions can be directed to with the Subject Line: feminist film festival 2024 Submission

Apply Here by Friday, March 1, 2024 (11:59PM EST). Applicants will be notified of selection by March 15. 


Service Opportunity -Calling for Editors: Feminism in Focus

We are looking for York University faculty with strong public writing skills or journalism experience to become the Editors of the CFR's Feminisms in Focus series. 

The series features interviews with CFR faculty, students and associates, for instance, visiting scholars. 

Besides interviews, there are also "Dispatches" which are short, lively descriptions, for general audiences, of CFR events. 

These help to introduce diverse feminist and 2SLGBTQ+ ideas to general publics and keep a public record of the important ideas shared at CFR events. 

The Editors will be responsible for:-arranging at least 4 interviews with CFR associates per academic year-arranging at least 4 CFR event organizers to write a "Dispatch" -creating a call for student writers and identifying student writers -helping student interviewers formulate questions and edit transcripts for publication-coming up with new ideas for the series, subject to the approval of the CFR Director

If you are interested, submit 200-500 words explaining your interest and writing experience, a short CV, and two short writing samples to: the if you are a team, submit one page total, a short CV, and one writing sample each.

This is service to the CFR and your role as Editors should be included on your CV.

Rolling applications to a hard deadline of June 1, 2024.

If you would like to know more before applying, email the CFR Director: Elaine Coburn,

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The CFR at a Glance


Events and Publications since the CFR's inception in 1991.


Faculty, Research and Graduate Associates on average each year.

2 Staff

CFR Director and CFR Coordinator and a complement of 11 volunteer Executive Board Members.


CFR Supported Grant Application Success rate for 2022-2023