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There’s still time to register for SMCR 2011 in Pittsburgh

May 13th, 2011 by Chris Hitchcock

SMCR 2011 will be held in Pittsburgh, PA at Chatham University from June 2-4, 2011. The conference is warm, supportive and interesting, and is an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the richness of multidisciplinary perspectives on the menstrual cycle and women’s reproductive physiology from a diversity of feminist, woman-centred perspectives. It is a research conference, and provides a venue for collegial interactions across disciplines such as nursing, medicine, psychology, anthropology, women’s studies, communications, and film studies. It also provides a venue for activists and researchers to meet. Interested lay people are also welcome to attend.

The title of this year’s conference is Embodied Consciousness, Informed Choices: Critical Perspectives On the Menstrual Cycle. The keynote speech will be given 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). Dr. Vostral’s current research centers on the innovation of Rely tampons and the emergence of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Two plenary panels are scheduled: One on stigma associated with menstruation, broadly considered, and a second on sustainable menstrual management in both developing and developed countries. A preliminary draft of the conference schedule can be viewed on the conference web site.

This year, we have been able to secure inexpensive dorm accommodation. To register, go to this link. To promote the conference, please share this blog posting, or download and print this poster and place it where interested colleagues may find it.

Please join us, and take this opportunity to support the Society and meet the faces behind Re:Cycling.

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