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FYI. Call for Panelists 2019 NCA: Survival and Thin Privilege in a Fatphobic Society


Call for Panelists for the 2019 National Communication Association convention: Survival and Thin Privilege in a Fatphobic Society

Thin privilege is under-researched, under-theorized, and generally under-discussed within communication studies. Akin to Nakayama and Krizek, who worked to map discourses of whiteness in communication scholarship to exemplify the ways in which it is deployed as an unmarked identity category, we seek to use this panel as a space to expose and discuss the nuanced ways thin privilege manifests in lived experience and underlies discourse of the body. The panel will be organized around individual mini-presentations, but we hope to dedicate the majority of the panel to discussion. While various methodological perspectives are welcome, we intend to organize the panel with a critical orientation to thin privilege, body size, fatness, and intersecting identities. We are interested in proposals that are grounded in critical fat studies scholarship and/or critical communication scholarship. We are particularly interested in the following themes, but welcome other ideas as well:

– Thin privilege and colonialism
– Intersections of thin privilege with other forms of privilege/oppression
– Mediated representations of thin privilege and/or thin privilege in pop culture
– Diet culture
– Thin privilege in discourses of “health” Lived experience as thin or not thin in relation to thin privilege
– Thin privilege as an under-discussed form of privilege
– Communication and thin privilege

If you’re interested in participating on this panel, please send a 150-200 word proposal and short bio to cassidy.ellis@du.edu and katrina.webber@uconn.edu no later than Friday, March 15, 2019. Participation preference will be given to women of color, queer and trans people of color, indigenous folx, disabled folx, fat folx, and graduate students or contingent faculty.

Cited: Nakayama, Thomas K. and Robert L. Krizek. “Whiteness: A Strategic Rhetoric.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 81, no. 3, 1995, pp. 291-309.