Organizer: School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology Chennai, India

About the Conference

  • When: 15 – 16 December 2022
  • There is no registration fee
  • Call for Papers
  • E-certificate will be given to all registered participants and paper

The International Conference is a collaborative event with the following Universities

  1. University of Leeds
  2. University of Sussex
  3. University of Malaysia
  4. University of Bangladesh

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Date: 15 November, 2022
  • Intimation of Abstract Acceptance: 5 December, 2022
  • Selection of abstracts based on peer review
  • Need not submit the full paper for presentation

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The Concept

The concept of gender medicine emerged in the 1980s with the active involvement of gender scholars and woman-and-health researchers who foregrounded the stereotypes and prejudices underlying the scientific discourses of biomedicine. Feminist biologists like Lynda Birke and Anne Fausto-Sterling offered academic critiques of the myths and prejudices by
foregrounding how women’s bodies have been conceived as deviant and pathological by phallogocentric biomedical discourses. Feminist biologists
underlined the biomedical strategies through which gender stereotypes
were disseminated through the epistemology (effects of gender in the
production of knowledge), interpretative strategies of observation and research data, language, and metaphors. However, in the present era, gender studies in relation to biomedicine also has to take into account the notion of all genders and how notions of body, health, well-being, and reproductive capacity are being reconfigured literally, as well as metaphorically, by biomedical interventions.

Hence,this conference would like to achieve the following objectives:

  • To create a virtual platform in order to invite researchers,scientists and academicians from across the globe related to diverse disciplines to engage in an intellectual discussion on issues pertaining to gender medicine with a specific focus on vulnerable populations
  • To understand how the notion of gender medicine (in the current culture of reproductive medicine, prosthetic culture and replacement techniques) is further problematized by socio-cultural and political constructs such as race, class, caste, religion, ethnicity, nationality and geopolitical factors
  • To encourage interdisciplinary discussion among scholars from the social sciences, humanities, science and technology and biomedicine for future collaborative research initiatives

Papers relevant to the conference theme are welcome and participants may like to take inspiration from the following sub themes:

The Broad Themes: Gender Medicine: Global Perspectives on the Entanglement between Biomedicine and Socio-Cultural and Political Constructs


  • Reproductive Technology,Health, and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health and Disability Studies
  • Food,Nutrition and Lifestyle
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases,Discrimination and Stigma
  • Biomedical Abuses and Violence
  • Interface between Body,Myths, Prejudices and Stereotypes
  • Biocitizenship and Bioethics
  • Gender Dysphoria and Trans Medicine
  • Gender and Neuroscience
  • Narratives of Pandemic
  • Body Image and Psychoprosthetics
  • Agesim

Organizing Committee

Dr.Manali Karmakar, Assistant Professor(English), School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology Chennai, India

Dr. Binu Sahayam D, Assistant Professor(Social Work) School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology Chennai, India

Dr. Anna Mc Farlane, School of English
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Dr. Tam Cane, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Dr.Md. Ismail Hossain,Professor and Head, Department of Social Work
, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh

Dr. Saravana Kumar, Associate Professor of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, SEGi University, Malaysia

Conference Co-ordinators
Ms. S. Indhumathi


Organising Committee
VIT Chennai

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