AHRC Research Networking Grant: 'MAUSI Net - Menopause Artivism in UK, Sweden and India'

Project Details


In the wake of the so-called ‘menopausal turn’ (Jermyn, 2023) which has seen public figures and mainstream media in the UK and beyond now openly discuss menopause -the highly stigmatised, misunderstood transition to cessation of menstruation- this network will establish a transdisciplinary, international, cross-cultural collaboration bringing together academics, stakeholders and health professionals to intervene in this changing landscape. Objectives include:

•Advance transdisciplinary understanding and awareness of post-reproductive health through ongoing collaboration in cross-cultural contexts (UK, Sweden, India)
•Stimulate knowledge production through international involvement of researchers, stakeholders and wider public in different socio-economic contexts re. understanding of menopause
•Build a nation-wide advocacy network to include academics in the arts and humanities, social scientists, NGO practitioners, foundations, policy stakeholders, corporate EDI representatives
•Promote a step-change debate across national boundaries by bringing together different stakeholders and international organisations such as UN Women and World Health Organisation in the three sites (Sweden, India and UK)
•Shift the discourse away from biomedical discourses towards a broader social science and humanities-based understanding
•Contest negative discourses around the menopause through artivism and public engagement
•Decolonise understandings of the menopause by including perspectives of Dalit women who are lower caste/working class and highly discriminated against in India
•Create a sustainable transdisciplinary and cross-cultural network fostering post-reproductive age awareness beyond the duration of the project
Effective start/end date1/03/2431/08/25