Calling on all global south-based menstrual health researchers: Your inputs are needed!

This handbook, the first of its kind, will at once provide a comprehensive and carefully curated view of the state of the art of critical menstruation studies as well as point toward new directions in research and advocacy. Thus, The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies, will provide an unmatched resource for scholars new to and already familiar with the field.

In response to the shift in menstrual perception, awareness and action, the handbook situates menstruation as a category of analysis, establishing the field of “critical menstrual studies” as a coherent and multi-dimensional transdisciplinary subject of inquiry and advocacy.

The handbook is animated by the central question: what new lines of inquiry, including research questions and social justice engagements, are possible when we center our attention on menstrual health and politics across the lifespan? Attention to menstrual issues across the lifespan surfaces broader societal issues and tensions, including gender inequality, practices and discourses of embodiment, processes of radicalization and commodification, and emergent technologies

To reflect the breath, depth and richness of this emerging field, we invite ideas, inputs and suggested chapters for inclusion in the handbook.

  • We hope to include voices and perspectives from as many different areas of the globe as possible.
  • We hope to include as many different disciplines as possible.
  • The objective of the chapters is on providing an overview of a specific questions. While we do not intend to publish small case studies, we do want to include emerging areas.
  • The handbook is academic in nature. However, we know that many of the current developments around menstrual hygiene are driven by practitioners, policy makers, activists and civil society. We intend to capture these development, trends and initiatives through reflections from practice.

We welcome suggestions for specific chapters by potential authors. Likewise, we welcome suggestions of ideas for possible lines of inquiry that should be covered. We welcome referrals, and we encourage you to spread this call as widely as possible.

Here are the areas where we still need contributions:


Menstruation as Embodied

  • The Sexualization of Girls during Menarche [link to child marriage to bring global focus]
  • Menstrual health as Body Literacy, as Cycle Literacy


Menstruation as Narrative 

  • First period stories (from all over the world)


Menstruation as Rationale

  • Mens’ and Boys’ Attitudes toward Menstruation
  • Menstrual Health Education Curricula


Menstruation as Material

  • Transnational Dialogue on sustainability and the environment
  • The Menstrual Product Revolution in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Menstrual and Femtech: Apps, digital health, hardware, wearables and the quantified self


Menstruation as Structural / Political

  • Menstrual leave
  • Transnational Dialogue between NGOs, UN agencies, foundations, national ministries, development ministries


Menstruation as Fundamental

  • Menstruation and Religion
  • Informal settlements
  • Transnational dialogue on cultural and religious practices


Please submit your ideas and proposals AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to