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

We are currently working on assembling an edited volume on the historical relationship between cultural notions of gender and pediatrics.

The book, tentatively titled Pink and Blue: The Gendered Culture of Pediatrics, will explore 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. We are currently collecting authors and plan to hold a short meeting of contributors at the 2018 AAHM meeting in Los Angeles.

Potential contributors are invited to send short abstracts (of approximately 300 - 400 words) and a short biography (of no more than one to two sentences) to [email protected] by January 10, 2018. We look forward to hearing from you – and if you have any questions at all, please let us know. We are happy to send feedback on rough ideas in advance of the January deadline.

Thank you and best wishes,
Aimee, Elena, and Sandra