Menstruation in the Media: The Conference

21st October 2021 (online) and 22nd October (face to face at the University of Sheffield)

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Registration links and programme

Please click on the links below to register for the conference and see the programme

Thursday 21st October 2021: Digital day

(online only)

Friday 22nd October 2021: Offline day

(taking place at University of Sheffield, face to face only, limited numbers)


Call for Contributions

Calling researchers, advocates, and artists!

In collaboration with the Menstruation Research Network, this event at the University of Sheffield will focus on media narratives about menstruation and related topics. It will bring together researchers in the fields of journalism and media studies, individual advocates, and representatives from NGOs. The event will take place on 21st-22nd October. The 21st will be online and the 22nd will be face to face at the University of Sheffield (if COVID-19 restrictions do not allow this, the whole conference will take place online).

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Annika Waheed. Annika is a non-clinical lecturer for Barts Health Trust in London and suffers from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, a condition that she describes as ‘PMS’s woefully misunderstood Satanic sibling’. She advocates, educates, and raises awareness via her Instagram page on which she candidly records her journey living with PMDD.

The day will also include 15-minute papers and workshops. Papers/ workshop sessions are free to explore any type of media (such as blogs, zines, podcasts, apps, websites, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, newspapers, magazines, radio, cinema).

Topics could include (but are not limited to) the following mediatised aspects of menstrual experience:

  • Menstrual inequalities

  • Period Poverty

  • Menstrual Stigma

  • Menstrual products

  • The Environment (such as the impact of plastic products)

  • Transgender and non-binary identities

  • Intersectionality

  • Ethnic minority groups

  • Menstrual health (such as PMDD or endometriosis)

  • Education (such as in schools)

  • Menopause

If you would like to propose either a 15-minute presentation or a 45-minute workshop, please submit an abstract/ summary of up to 300 words along with a brief bio to the organisers Dr. Maria Tomlinson at and Lottie Rhodes at The submission deadline is Friday 4th June. 

There is a limited amount of funding available for travel expenses for speakers/ workshop leaders (within the UK) who are students, ECRs, or unemployed. The event is supported by the Leverhulme Trust and will be free to attend.


Our Keynote Speaker: Annika Waheed

Annika's bio in her own words:

"My name is Annika Waheed, I am a non-clinical lecturer for Barts Health Trust in London and suffer from a woefully misunderstood conditional which I describe as PMS’s Satanic sibling - Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. I advocate, educate and raise awareness via my Instagram page with recording my candid journey living with PMDD."

You can follow Annika's story here:


Our Keynote Workshop

Our keynote workshop will be run by activist, author, educator and researcher Chella Quint. Chella is the creator of the period positive movement and has recently published the book "Be Period Positive".