Dr Camilla Rostvik
Camilla is Honorary Lecturer in the School of Medicine at Aberdeen. She specialises in 20th and 21st century visual culture, with a longstanding research interest in the history, cultures, and art of menstruation. Her interests include feminist art history and art projects, environmental humanities, medical humanities, feminist Science & Technology Studies, and Norwegian/Sámi art histories.
Camilla's work has appeared in Technology & Culture, Oxford Art Journal, Environment & Society, Enterprise and History, and Leonardo. She has written in Norwegian for Tidsskrift for Norsk Kjønnsforskning and Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. Her most recent book is Cash Flow: The Businesses of Menstruation (UCL Press, 2022), and she is working on a new book entitled The Painters Are In: A Visual History of Menstruation (McGill Queen's University Press, 2024). Camilla's writing has also appeared in the Wellcome Trust Stories blog series, BBC Radio, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, The Conversation, and Discard Studies.
Camilla leads the Wellcome Trust funded Menstruation Research Network UK (2022-2025) and led the Scottish Government funded project Arctic Periods: Transnational Knowledge about Menstrual History (2021-22). She is Co-PI on the Royal Society of Edinburgh funded 'Ending Period Poverty in Scotland' research project (2020-2022), and was PI on the Wellcome Trust funded Menstruation Research Network UK (2019-2020).
Camilla worked at Leeds University from 2020-2021, on the AHRC-funded project 'Generic Visuals in the News: The Role of Stock Photos and Simple Data Visualizations in Assembling Publics'. From 2017-2020, she was Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of St Andrews, and she remains a Honorary Research Fellow there, where she collaborates with the Centre for Contemporary Art on the artist-in-residency project Blood Lines.
Board Member, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.
New book: Cash Flow: The Businesses of Menstruation (UCL Press)
The menstrual product industry has played a large role in shaping the last hundred years of menstrual culture, from technological innovation to creative advertising, education in classrooms and as employers of thousands in factories around the world. How much do we know about this sector and how has it changed in later decades? What constitutes ‘the industry’, who works in it, and how is it adapting to the current menstrual equity movement?
Charley Jones, 'Menstrual Issues: Social, Cultural and Medical', School of Medicine. Co-supervised with Dr Lucky Saraswat (lead) and Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya, 2022-2026.
Funding and Grants
PI, Wellcome Trust, Network Grant, 2021-2024: menstruationresearchnetwork.co.uk/
The Menstruation Research Network (UK) brings together experts from the sciences and humanities, NGOs, the arts, activists and campaigners, industry and the NHS in order to unify knowledge about medical, political, economic, psychological and cultural issues related to menstruation.