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FFF Seminar: Rethinking Menstrual Trackers Towards Period-Positive Ecologies

Time: Fri 2024-02-16

Participating: Anupriya Tuli, PhD

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Can menstrual tracking transcend its conventional role as a mere tool offering a false sense of control over menstrual bodies? How might it serve as a catalyst for dismantling cultural taboos and systemic barriers surrounding menstruation? In this talk, I present findings from my doctoral research conducted in Delhi, India, using Martha Nussbaum's Central Capabilities framework to investigate these questions. By examining prevalent menstrual tracking practices and the factors that shape them, I unpack the potential of menstrual trackers in empowering menstruators and challenging societal norms. I propose reimagining the design of digital menstrual trackers as tools for capability-building, offering a pathway toward creating period-positive futures in contexts where menstruation is stigmatized.

Speaker Bio:

Anupriya is a Digital Futures Postdoc in MID at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. As a qualitative researcher and interaction designer, she focuses on understanding and designing technology experiences toward just and equitable futures. Her research is situated at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), global health, taboo subjects, marginalization, and activism. She frequently engages with feminist perspectives in her work, aiming to design socially responsible technologies that target health equity, focusing on women's health, wellbeing, and empowerment. In addition to her academic endeavors, she is deeply involved in collaborative efforts with practitioners and non-governmental organizations in India, particularly focusing on initiatives related to menstrual health and wellbeing.