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Call for Contributions, Pink and Blue: The Gendered Culture of Pediatrics

Call for Contributions, Pink and Blue: The Gendered Culture of Pediatrics

We are looking for one to two additional contributors for an edited volume on the historical relationship between cultural notions of gender and pediatrics in the U.S.

The volume, Pink and Blue: The Gendered Culture of Pediatrics, explores how gender serves as an organizing principle of pediatrics and frames how practitioners interpret patients’ bodies, development, and psychological well-being, and how pediatrics in turn shapes cultural understandings of girlhood and boyhood. We are specifically interested in contributions that investigate the reciprocity between cultural expectations and gendered therapeutics in depth, and that explore how gender as a dynamic category relates to race, class, sexuality, and ability. Other possible topics include gendered therapeutic recommendations, pediatrics’ role in defining gender, gender and disease diagnosis, and more. Contributions already slated for the volume address such topics as infectious disease, height and growth, sexual behavior, medical education, disease prevention, and diet. Though our methodological approach to the topic is primarily historical, we welcome interdisciplinary approaches as well.

Pink and Blue is co-edited by Elena Conis and Sandra Eder, University of California, Berkeley, and Aimee Medeiros, University of California, San Francisco. Potential contributors are invited to send short abstracts (3 – 5 sentences) and a short biography (1 -2 sentences) to econis@berkeley.edu as soon as possible, or no later than September 30, 2018.