Northern Blood: The Politics of Menstruation in Canada

Conference Highlights, Panels and Plenary
Feminist Sociology

This roundtable discussion panel brings together established and emerging scholars to discuss menstruation politics, policy making, and activism at the local, provincial, and national levels, from a Canadian perspective. Participants are part of a forthcoming edited volume, Northern Blood: The Politics of Menstruation in Canada. Invited authors will shed light on the four main themes developed in the book: menstruation activism; menstruation experiences; menstruation politics and policy; and the state, place and governance of menstruation.


Francesca Scala, Concordia University and Lisa Smith, Douglas College


Gillian Anderson
Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Sociology at Vancouver Island University

Victoria Doudenkova
Chargée du projet, Campagne Rouge, Réseau Québécois d’Action pour la Santé des Femmes

Karen Farley
Master’s Student in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo

Zeba Khan
MSc Student, Reproductive & Developmental Sciences, University of British Columbia and Founder of Free Periods Canada

Niki Oveisi
PhD student, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia and Associate Director at Free Periods Canada

Elgin Pecjak
Ph.D. Candidate in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa

Deyvika Srinivasa
Bachelor’s of Science, Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia and Policy Coordinator, Free Periods Canada

Maliha Tariq
Master of Environmental Studies, Sustainability Management
University of Waterloo

Organizers: Francesca Scala, Concordia University, Lisa Smith, Douglas College