Faculty Fellows of the Menstrual Health and Gender Justice Working Group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference have received the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Award to develop a course on “Menstruation, Gender, and Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches.”

The award funds up to $20,000 with the intention of “encourag[ing] and support[ing] faculty interested in creating new courses, or redesigning existing ones, that cut across the boundaries of departments and schools. It aims to spur faculty collaboration across disciplines and advance innovative interdisciplinary education and inquiry.” The Menstrual Health Working Group is one of three selected winners for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Menstruation has emerged as a key entry point for current discussions on gender justice recognizing the body as foundational, urgent and politically relevant. This is why menstruation matters: it unites the personal and the political, the intimate and the public, the physiological and the socio-cultural. The course will examine different spheres of life, including health, education, equality in the work place, freedom of religion, and cultural rights. It will pay particular attention to the intersection of gender and other markers of inequalities, including disability, socio-economic status, age, caste, and gender identity.

The course will be co-taught by an interdisciplinary team, including:

  • Inga Winkler, Lecturer in Human Rights
  • Noémie Elhadad, Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
  • Lauren Houghton, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
  • Anja Tolonen, Assistant Professor of Economics, Barnard College
  • Chris Bobel, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Additional information on the course listing will be available in the coming weeks.