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Upcoming Conference

Next Conference:

Widening the Cycle — Human Rights, Reproductive Justice and Menstrual Health Across the Lifespan, June 2015

Planning is underway for our next meeting, to be held June 4-7, 2015 Suffolk University, Boston, USA, in partnership with the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights.

Menstrual/Ovulatory Health is far too often an unacknowledged Human Rights and Reproductive Justice issue. Yet, it is central to the human right to live healthy and whole lives in every society in every part of the world.

We will gather in Boston-June 4-7, 2015 to find common ground.

We will gather in Boston in 2015 to challenge our thinking and doing and emerge with a richer, wider framework for effecting change.

We will gather in Boston to strengthen our work—our research programs, our activist interventions, our clinical service, our artistic expressions, our policy mandates—so that everyone, every where benefits.

Because Menstrual Health is a Human Right.

Because without access to high quality menstrual education and the capacity to care for our menstrual needs, from menarche to menopause, there cannot be Reproductive Justice.

Your Boston 2015 Conference Committee is headed up by SMCR President-Elect Chris Bobel and Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, Amy Agigian.

Previous Conferences

The 20th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle ResearchMaking Menstruation Matter, was held in New York City, June 6-8, 2013.

Headed up by Ingrid Johnston-Robledo, our Conference team of David Linton, Christina Bobel, Peggy Stubbs and Alexandra Jacoby put on an outstanding conference, featuring Gloria Steinem as the first recipient of the SMCR Making Menstruation Matter award, and Red Moon Howl, the first Menstrual Poetry Slam held in the United States. (Our claims of “World’s First Poetry Slam” were shouted down by certain Canadians in attendance.)

The 19th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research took place in Pittsburgh, PA, June 2-4, 2011. The conference theme, Embodied Consciousness, Informed Choices: Critical Perspectives on the Menstrual Cycle drew provocative presentations from continuing SMCR members as well as a record number of international researchers. Highlights included a keynote address by Dr. Sharra Vostral, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois, and author of Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology (2008), who focused on the innovation of Rely tampons and the emergence of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

In addition, two plenary panels were presented: 1) stigma associated with menstruation, broadly considered, and 2) sustainable menstrual management in both developing and developed countries. Two additional plenary presentations included talks by Alexandra Jacoby who described her 10 year project, vagina vérité® and Dacia Charlesworth, Associate Professor of Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, who offered an analysis of Tampax’s Zack 16 marketing campaign.

A detailed report of the conference is available in the Fall 2011 edition of the Society’s newsletter.

The 18th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research took place  in Spokane, Washington, June 4-6, 2009.

The conference theme, “Menstrual Moments: Media Messages About Menstruation”, was celebrated with David Linton’s keynote address, “The Rise of the Happy Period: From Shame to Humor in Mediated Menses”, as well as many other presentations about various ways menstruation is represented in media, including films, medical textbooks, advertising campaigns, magazine advice columns, zines, charity campaigns, and other topics.

The conference also featured screenings of several films related to menstruation, and a special presentation by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, editor of My Little Red Book. Papers from the conference have been published in two special collections.