[Air-L] CfP: 4S open panel on Menstruation as Technology, Technologies of Menstruation

Monika Sengul-Jones jones.monika at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 11:45:27 PST 2021

*apologies for cross-posting*
Subject: CfP: 4S open panel on Menstruation as Technology, Technologies of

Dear all,

We invite you to submit an abstract to the 2021 4S conference on Good
Relations: Practices and Methods in Unequal and Uncertain Worlds open panel
124. Menstruation as Technology, Technologies of Menstruation (full
description below). The conference will be held in Toronto and worldwide
online 6-9 October 2021. Deadline for abstracts is March 8, 2021. Links
below. We look forward to thinking with you. Best, Monika Sengul-Jones and
Amanda Menking, co-panel organizers.

124. Menstruation as Technology, Technologies of Menstruation

Hormonal bodies have always been technologies of socio-technical relations.
>From the practices of spatial segregation due to menstruation (Spain, 1993)
to the physical effects of ovulation and bleeding, to the varied practice
of tracking of menstruation and ovulation (Delaney, Lupton, Toth, 1988, p.
274), scholars in feminist technoscience have documented menstruation as
propelling and troubling gendered social formations.Simultaneously, social,
political, and technical designs of (bio)technologies have influenced and
co-constructed the meanings and embodied experiences of menstruation.
Entrepreneurs have introduced products and services designed to meet the
perceived needs of menstruators and appeal to neoliberal notions of ‘health
and wellbeing’ (e.g., period panties, organic tampon subscriptions).
Pharmaceutical companies, chemical products, and medical practitioners have
developed, marketed, and prescribed products which manage, alter and
disrupt endocrine cycles, troubling natural conceptions of menstruation.
Social technologies like Instagram and TikTok have provided menstrual
activists spaces to destigmatize menses, work to end period poverty (being
unable to afford products to manage menstrual bleeding), and challenge
assumptions and discursive constructions about difference and menstruation
(Hasson, 2016). Ruha Benjamin’s work on race after technology suggests
interdependency is always happening: “Our lived realit[ies] and
infrastructural designs connect us in seen and unseen ways” (2019, p.
194). This panel takes up the premise of interdependency in considering
technologies of menstruation and their effects. As precariously situated
critical scholars, we invite scholars committed to feminist studies of
technoscience and embodiment to inclusively and generatively engage in
questions of the co-shaping of knowledge about menstruation with us.

Keywords: menstruation, embodiment, interdependency, feminist
technoscience, endocrine disruption


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