November 14th Workshop: Keynote Announcement

We are delighted to confirm Prof. Joanne Duberley, University of Birmingham as the keynote speaker for our upcoming workshop, to be held on 14th November 2019 at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Prof. Duberley’s presentation is entitled 'The menopause taboo and work: The impact of menopause on the working lives of women in the police force'.

Prof. Duberley is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Equality) and Professor of Organisation Studies at the University of Birmingham. Over the last twenty years she has developed research examining the impact of gender, ethnicity, social class and age on careers in a variety of contexts including defence, professional service organisations and the police in the UK. She co-directs the Work Inclusivity Research Centre at Birmingham with Dr Holly Birkett.

Recent Media Engagement

Members of Menstruation Research Network have been approached by a number of media organisations for comment on issues surrounding menstruation. Here’s a round-up of some of our recent media engagements:

Lara Owen was quoted in an article in the Financial Times , ‘How to Make your Menstrual Cycle Work for You’ in May, and again in The Times this August, in an extract of broadcaster Emma Barnett’s book, Period. Lara was also interviewed on ABC Radio Adelaide’s Breakfast show on 27th August 2019, where she spoke about the disposable menstrual product industry (listen to Lara’s contribution from around 2 hours in).

In May, Bee Hughes provided an academic perspective alongside Liverpool based activists contributing to an article in the Liverpool Echo on the work being done around menstruation and homelessness in the city.

Uncovered exhibition

Bee Hughes was invited to exhibit the artwork created as part of her practice-led PhD research at an exhibition curated by MA Exhibition Studies student Aisling Harrison. Uncovered, an exhibition exploring the vulva and vagina in contemporary art took place at MAKE North Dock in Liverpool, 23 - 26 July 2019.

Menstruation Research Network / The Polyphony

Our founding members were invited to contribute some reflections on the first of our network conference / workshop days, Critical Perspectives on Menstruation, held on 31st May 2019 at the University of St Andrews, for the academic blog The Polyphony.

The Polyphony is hosted by the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University, and aims to stimulate conversations in the critical medical humanities, and inter-linked disciplines. We would like to thank the editors for their invitation to contribute and for publishing this introduction to our network.

In further news, thanks to the support of Unviersity of St Andrews, videos of presentations from the May event are now available to view in the Videos section of this website.

Network Members participate in British Academy Summer Showcase

Bee Hughes & Dr Kay Standing were among fifteen research exhibits featured at the British Academy Summer Showcase held at the British Academy in London on 20-22 June 2019. Their exhibit, ‘How can we challenge cultural attitudes about periods?’ presented aspects of Kay’s collaborative (British Academy funded) research in Nepal, and Bee’s research in the visual cultures of menstruation. Bee also led a hands-on craft workshop over the course of the event, creating activist badges from paper with visitors of all ages.

Read more about the event and Bee and Kay’s exhibit here.

Bee Hughes talks to a visitor at the British Academy

Bee Hughes talks to a visitor at the British Academy

Kay, Bee and colleagues prepare for visitors to arrive at the British Academy.

Kay, Bee and colleagues prepare for visitors to arrive at the British Academy.

Menstruation Research at Liverpool Light Night

On Friday 17th May, menstrual research, art and activism were brought to Liverpool’s regular late-night arts festival, Light Night. Curated by Bee Hughes in collaboration with Dr Kay Standing and Dr Sara Parker, the Blood Rituals event shared a range of research and expertise from the UK and Nepal including Kay and Sara’s British Academy funded Dignity Without Danger project. The researchers were also joined the volunteers from Period Project Merseyside who led a craft event where visitors to the exhibition added their work to an ongoing collaborative artwork. The exhibition featured artworks from Bee Hughes, archival materials from the Femorabilia Collection at LJMU Special Collections and Archives, alongside Poloumi Basu’s VR artwork, A Ritual of Exile, which immerses the viewer in different women’s experiences of menstruation in Nepal.

Visitors at Light Night

Visitors at Light Night

Completing set-up at Light Night

Completing set-up at Light Night

Menopause Cafe

Network member Abby Fraser hosted a Menopause Cafe event on May 3rd in Milngavie, near Glasgow in May. Further information about menopause cafes can be found here.

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Bee Hughes & Kay Standing Receive LJMU SU Award

Network founding members Bee Hughes and Dr Kay Standing, along with their colleague Dr Sara Parker, were jointly awarded the President Award at the 2018 LJMU SU Amazing Teaching Award. They received the award from 2018/19 LJMU Student’s Union President, Angelina Cliff, in recognition of their contribution to research on menstruation, activism, and their support of the SU’s campaign for free menstrual products on campus.

L-R: Dr Sara Parker, Dr Kay Standing, Bee Hughes

L-R: Dr Sara Parker, Dr Kay Standing, Bee Hughes