The GenDis project organized a panel on “Gendering illness: Patient activism, clinical encounters and embodied differences” at the Gender Studies Conference 2022, University of Oulu, on 1-2 December 2022. The panel included three sessions addressing endometriosis, fibromyalgia, hormonal migraine, fibroids, pediatric pain and the #MedBikini social media campaign. Themes included embodiment, affect, social media, health activism, different modes of knowledge and expertise, and gender, race and age. The papers were discussed by Matthew Wolf-Meyer from the Institute for Advanced Study, Tampere University.
Thank you all for the lively discussion!
List of presentations:
- Henni Alava (Tampere University): “Why are they almost all girls? Clinical understandings of gender in persistent pediatric pain”
- Ahalya Ganesh (Tampere University): “On living with fibromyalgia: A literature review”
- Penelope Lusk (University of Pennsylvania, USA): “#MedBikini: Gendered Physician Affect, Activism and Knowledge Creation”
- Venla Oikkonen (Tampere University): “Living with hormonal products: Negotiating effectiveness, side effects and availability in the treatment of endometriosis”
- Lilli Aini Rokkonen (Tampere University): “Changing landscapes of migraine patient activism”
- Maria Temmes (Tampere University): “Conceptualization of endometriosis in a clinical setting”
- Fabienne Valmond (University of Helsinki): “Black, single women with fibroids trying to conceive with donor sperm in Finland: intersectionality between race and gender”