6th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


FYI. Fat Studies Conference, Munich, Germany, 18 Nov 2017


There is an International Fat Studies Conference taking place in Munich, Germany on the 18th of November 2017: Doing Fat – Performance and Representation of Fat Bodies

Register free of charge until 13th of November 2017: anja.herrmann1@uni-oldenburg.de

Check out the full schedule here.

CFP. Special issue of Fat Studies: Fat Oppression

CFP—Special Issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Fat Oppression, edited by Ariane Prohaska and Jeannine A. Gailey.
To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please send a 200-250 word abstract and a current CV to Ariane Prohaska (aprohaska@ua.edu) or Jeannine Gailey (j.gailey@tcu.edu) by December 15th, 2017.  Any questions about the topic can also be directed to these e-mails.
This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society explores issues around fat oppression. The editors invite papers on a variety of topics that address, for example, fatness as a dimension of inequality (e.g. discrimination in jobs, education, and public spaces) that intersects with other inequalities (race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, etc.), the theorizing of fat/fatness or “obesity” as deviant and the consequences on the physical/mental health of fat people, and violence against fat people.
Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:
     Stereotypes of fat people and their consequences
     Fat children: bullying, stigma, and outcomes
     Intimate partner violence and fat bodies
     Fat oppression in medicine/pharmaceutical industry
     Sexual assault/rape of fat bodies
     Media representations of fat people
     The history of fat oppression
     Public policy and fat bodies
     The diet industry and fat bodies
     Fat activism
     Resilience in the face of fat oppression
Final submissions should be between 3000-6000 words, including all notes and references, and should be received by April 1, 2018.
If you wish to include reproductions of visual images with your essay, you will need to receive permission to do so from the artists/copyright holders of the image(s).  All authors will need to sign a form that transfers copyright of their article to the publisher, Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Fat Studies is the first academic journal in the field of scholarship that critically examines theory, research, practices, and programs related to body weight and appearance. Content includes original research and overviews exploring the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Articles critically examine representations of fat in health and medical sciences, the Health at Every Size model, the pharmaceutical industry, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, legal issues, literature, pedagogy, art, theater, popular culture, media studies, and activism. 

Fat Studies
 is an interdisciplinary, international field of scholarship that critically examines societal attitudes and practices about body weight and appearance. Fat Studies advocates equality for all people regardless of body size. It explores the way fat people are oppressed, the reasons why, who benefits from that oppression and how to liberate fat people from oppression. Fat Studies seeks to challenge and remove the negative associations that society has about fat and the fat body. It regards weight, like height, as a human characteristic that varies widely across any population. Fat Studies is similar to academic disciplines that focus on race, ethnicity, gender, or age.


Conference: Appearance Matters 8, June 12-14, 2018, Bath, UK

WSC 2018 was timed specifically to fit in with Appearance Matters 8, a fantastic event that only happens every two years, and next year is in the gorgeous town of Bath. They also managed to bag Rebecca Puhl as a keynote, as well as Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, and James Partridge of Changing Faces. Check out the details below.

The Centre for Appearance Research would like to extend a warm invitation to join us at the 8th biennial Appearance Matters Conference in Bath, UK taking place on 12–14 June 2018, immediately before the Weight Stigma Conference.

We are excited to have three outstanding world-leading keynote speakers, including world-renowed weight stigma researcher Dr Rebecca Puhl, who will inspire us with their insights into the world of body image and visible difference.

In addition, the conference will feature a thought-provoking special panel discussion event on Getting Under the Skin of the Cosmetics Procedures Industry’, a mentoring event, and over 100 paper and poster presentations. Not to mention interactive workshops on leadership, publishing, activism, and innovative research methods from world-leading researchers.

Running since 2003, the Appearance Matters conference series has a strong focus on the application of research to practice. The conference provides an opportunity for academics, clinicians, practitioners, researchers and policy makers to share their body image and appearance research, engage in debate and network with others working in this field.

The social programme includes a private evening drinks reception at the Roman Baths, one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, and a conference dinner in the stunning and elegant Pump Room.

Abstract submission for oral and poster presentations closes on 1 November 2017. Early bird registration rates are currently available. For more information on the conference, please visit www.uwe.ac.uk/appearancematters.

We look forward to seeing you in June 2018 for Appearance Matters 8!


Centre for Appearance Research

University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Email: car@uwe.ac.uk

Website: www.uwe.ac.uk/CAR

Podcast: http://soundcloud.com/appearance-matters

Conference Website: www.uwe.ac.uk/appearancematters







FYI. Nuffield Department of Population Health fellowships, University of Oxford


  1. NDPH Intermediate Fellowship

The Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) contains world-renowned population health research groups and provides an excellent environment for multi-disciplinary research and teaching.

The NDPH Fellowship programme is intended to support suitably experienced individuals to develop an independent research area which will enhance Population Health research in Oxford. You will carry out individual and/or collaborative research activity within a wider research programme and provide guidance to less experienced members of the research group. It is envisaged that Fellowships will be linked to a University of Oxford College.

Intermediate Fellowships are awarded for 3 years, and funding will be provided to support research programme costs, including a research assistant if required. Applicants should have a relevant PhD, significant postdoctoral experience with high impact research papers and specialist knowledge in Population Health.

The position is full-time (part-time considered) and fixed-term for 3 years.

More info

Deadline: 30 October 2017

2. Senior fellowships and clinical fellowships also available.

More info

FYI. Quant social psychology positions at Durham University


The Department of Psychology at Durham University (UK) is seeking to appoint five exceptional scholars at Assistant/Associate Professor level (i.e. lecturer/senior lecturer), all using a quantitative approach to social psychology. These posts offer an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of the department’s research and teaching and the successful candidates will play a significant role in establishing Durham as a world-leading centre of excellence in quantitative social science. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to, social cognition, attitudes, social influence, intragroup and intergroup processes, prejudice, self and identity and interpersonal processes.

Deadline: 11 Oct 2017

Source: SPSP Jobs

FYI. Health Research Fellowships (Wales)


Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce a new call for applications to the Health Research Fellowship scheme.

Health Research Fellowships aim to support individuals to become independent researchers and to undertake high quality research. Applications are invited from across all sectors and scientific disciplines.

The Fellowship offers three years full-time funding (or four or five years part-time) to individuals who have no more than 60-months FTE postdoctoral research experience at the time of applying. Applicants are expected to show evidence of a clear commitment to a research career and demonstrate how the award will support the potential to become an independent researcher.

Projects supported under this scheme should aim to provide robust evidence with clear relevance to patients, the public, service users, carers and/or the organisation and delivery of effective healthcare in Wales. The scheme will support the early stages of intervention development where knowledge obtained from these preliminary studies will provide the underpinning evidence for future pilot testing and evaluation.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicants must be based at an institution or organisation in Wales at the time of applying.
  •  Applicants must have a PhD, or other research-based professional doctorate in health and social care-related research (Health and Care Research Wales will also accept applications from Applicants who have submitted their PhD thesis, or equivalent, to their institution for assessment. In these cases the Applicant must have been notified of a successful outcome by 29 November 2017).

More info: https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/health-research-fellowship-award/

Deadline: 29 November 2017

FYI. Branco Weiss Fellowship (international)


Society in Science invites applications for the Branco Weiss fellowship. This enables researchers to undertake unusual research projects across the frontiers of science, engineering and social sciences at an academic institution of their choice throughout the world. The fellowship consists of a two-year pioneer phase and a subsequent three-year exploitation phase, with a review after the second year.

Applicants must have completed a PhD in science, engineering or social sciences by the application deadline (15 Jan 2018) and have a strong record of achievement in their chosen field. Applicants must have been born after 1 January 1984.

Funding is worth up to CHF 100,000 per year for up to five years. The programme aims to award up to 10 fellowships each year. Funding may cover salary, equipment, travel costs, consumables, personnel and more.

Deadline: 15 Jan, 2018

More info

FYI. Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowships (UK only)


The Leverhulme Trust invites applications for its research fellowships. These enable experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. Studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals and research that intends to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications are excluded from this call.

Applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of application, and able to demonstrate experience and academic background sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed research. They may not be registered for a degree, for doctoral studies, or for professional or vocational qualifications. Applications from researchers who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research, are encouraged.

Fellowships are worth up to £55,000 each over a period between three months and two years, and may cover research expenses, replacement costs or loss of earnings.

Deadline: 9 Nov 2017

More info: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/research-fellowships

FYI. Fat Activism Conference 2017, Oct 6-8 (online)


If you’re interested in Body Positivity, Size Acceptance, and Health at Every Size, then check out the Fat Activism Conference, now in its fourth year, happening next month, October 6-8, 2017.

It’s an online conference so you can listen live on your computer or by phone, or listen to recordings on your own schedule, and transcripts of all talks are provided. The conference offers a pay-what-you-can-afford option to make sure that money isn’t a barrier. This conference is for people of all sizes who are interested in creating a world that respects the diversity of body sizes, and who are interested in fighting the bullying, stigmatizing, shaming, and oppression faced by larger people, and who want to do that work intersectionally. Get tools, inspiration, and support to help make the world a more size inclusive place! www.fatactivismconference.com

FYI. Invitation for applications for Executive Editor for the Journal of Social Psychology


Invitation for Applications for Executive Editor for the Journal of Social Psychology

Because of the forthcoming retirement of two Executive Editors for The Journal of Social Psychology with almost four decades of combined service, the remaining Executive Editorial Team (Jon Grahe, Managing Executive Editor; Art Stukas, Executive Editor) seek motivated and qualified academics interested in serving in the role of Executive Editor for a 3 year contract beginning January, 2019.

Executive Editors at The Journal of Social Psychology guide advancement of the journal throughout the review process. They first determine whether a manuscript will be sent to reviewers and send prompt decision letters for manuscripts that are desk rejected. For manuscripts sent for review, EEs help identify reviewers, then make interim and final decisions that synthesize available reviewer comments. Over the course of a single year, EEs are likely to manage between 75-100 manuscripts. EEs are expected to complete their tasks in a timely and professional manner and to attend quarterly conference calls.
Executive Editors should be established researchers in their field of inquiry with multiple publications in top tiered journals. Prospective EEs should have extensive reviewing experience as a Consulting Editor or similar role, with a preference for individuals with prior experiences as Associate or Executive Editors. Additionally, although EEs often oversee manuscripts that are outside their primary specialty area, we try to match manuscripts as closely as possible. To that end, we welcome applicants with wide expertise, but we are primarily interested in individuals with backgrounds including one or more of the following specialty areas or skill sets: (a) Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Stigma, (b) Organizational Behavior, and (c) Quantitative Expertise including Multilevel Modeling.
Benefits: Executive Editors receive a modest stipend that will be determined partly by the number on the final board. Editors also receive gratis online access and print copies of JSP.
Applications must include the following: (a) a two-page letter of intent stating qualifications and commitment to continue improving the quality of the journal while advancing current initiatives to increase the science transparency of published manuscripts, and (b) a curriculum vitae detailing relevant qualifications including prior reviewer experience. Applications should be emailed to Jon Grahe (graheje@plu.edu) with “Application for JSP EE Position” as the subject. We will review materials starting on November 1, 2017 and continue until the positions are determined. We are interested in one to three new board members depending on interest and qualifications. Please address any questions to Jon Grahe.