New Research Cluster: Girls' Studies York Research Network (GSYRN)

Girls' Studies York Research Network (GSYRN)

The GSYRN is a network intended to bring together academic researchers, practitioners, and graduate and undergraduate students working in girls' studies in all disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. We are based at York University in Canada and are open to members from any part of the world. Our aim is to contribute to the development of the field of Girls' Studies, at York, in Canada, and internationally, through sharing information and resources and encouraging discussion, especially between academics and community members outside the university.

The GSRN’s objective is to contribute to the growing area of girls’ scholarship, curricular development and activism. We work within while simultaneously critiquing notions of girls and girlhood. We seek to establish a trio of bridges between girls themselves, academe and community-based girl serving professionals and organizations.

Our network embraces interdisciplinarity and adopts a holistic approach. It has seven central research areas:

  1. Girlhood Studies: with an emphasis on girl-driven activisms
  2. Education: curriculum development, awareness-raising
  3. Literature: girls and girlhood in literature, and girls as readers, authors, and performers
  4. Law: the implementation of international human rights treaties, notably the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the domestic level, including legislation and policies
  5. Media, Arts, Communication and Culture: girls’ participation, production and representation in digital Media, dance, theatre, television, film, music, advertisement
  6. Science: curriculum development and girls’ preparation for and involvement in STEM: science, technology, engineering, math
  7. Health: sports and physical education, body image, sexuality, environmental health, quality of life, gender role prescriptions on mental health, violence
  8. Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies: critically examining and intersectionally analyzing gender-based discrimination experienced by girls, exploring how girls are defined structurally, exploring girlhood

Upcoming events:

Girls' Studies York Research Network (GSYRN) launch, 2-4pm, September 13, 2019, Kaneff Tower 7th floor lounge, York University. For More Information, contact Dr. Deanne Williams at or Dr. Cheryl van Daalen-Smith at