8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


FYI. NIMHD Envisioning Health Equity Art Challenge 2020


The US National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as an Institute at the National Institutes of Health! As part of our celebration, we are hosting an art competition inviting individuals to submit images (paintings, drawings, photos, digital art, etc.) that represent NIMHD’s vision: an America in which all populations will have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy, and productive lives.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in two age categories: Teen (16 to 18 years old at the time of submission) and Adult (19 years or older at the time of submission). Prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($3,500), 2nd place ($2,500), and 3rd place ($1,500) in each category .

Submission deadline: 5th Feb 2021

More information: https://nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/art-challenge/index.html

FYI. Funding call: Economies for healthier lives


New funding call from The Health Foundation.

  • A £1.72m funding programme to support partnerships to promote health and reduce health inequalities through economic development strategies.
  • The Economies for Healthier Lives programme will support three to four partnerships across the UK with funding of £300,000 to £500,000 for up to three years.
  • Partnerships will be led by a local authority or a statutory regional body and will bring together a range of organisations including an academic and collaboration partner.
  • Expressions of interest are now open until 12.00 (midday) Friday 15 January 2020.

More information

FYI. JESP open call for editorial board members


The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology is issuing an open call to fill 5-10 slots on its Editorial Board. An Editorial Board at JESP is expected to review up to 10 manuscripts a year at the request of various Associate Editors. The position will begin in February 2021 and run for three years, with possibility to continue.

In particular, we are looking to increase the diversity of our Board in demographic and other ways, by looking outside the usual cycle of inviting accomplished reviewers known to our Editors. Beyond this, we are looking for people who are expert in the issues facing research published in JESP, and in the specific of one or more topic areas of research that are represented in JESP’s publication record.

We encourage nominations by others, but we expect nominated persons to agree in principle to the appointment and provide materials. To apply, please send to JESP@Elsevier.com by 15 December 2020 the following documents:

  • A short CV including: a) academic history, b) up to 10 references to your publications demonstrating the quality and breadth of your research experience, c) any previous experience in academic reviewing and/or editing, d) the names, institutions and contact details of up to three people who would be willing to discuss your performance as a reviewer or editor if asked (e.g., book editors, associate or chief editors of journals).
  • A cover letter explaining why you are well suited and qualified for this position, including the kind of manuscript topics you would be best suited to review.

A decision is expected by early January.

FYI. CfP Special issue of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations on dehumanisation


Call for papers for Special Issue of the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Less than human: What people who are dehumanized, think, feel and do

Guest Editors:

Cristina Baldissarri (University of Milano-Bicocca, cristina.baldissarri@unimib.it)

Stéphanie Demoulin (Université catholique de Louvain, Stephanie.Demoulin@uclouvain.be)

Nour Kteily (Northwestern University, n-kteily@kellogg.northwestern.edu)

Submission deadline: May 1, 2021

Projected publication date: April 2022

Dehumanization (viewing and treating people as less than human), which is a remarkably pervasive occurrence within and between groups, has been the focus of substantial social psychological research over recent years. This research has mainly focused on the perpetrators – why people dehumanize others and how this affects them as perpetrators. Much less is known about the targets of dehumanization – how they feel and what they think and do.

The aim of this Special issue is to fill this gap and to advance our understanding of the various forms that dehumanization processes take when considered from the perspective of targets: meta-dehumanization that refers to the perception of being dehumanized by others; self-dehumanization that arises when people dehumanize their self and view themselves as possessing less human attributes than others; ingroup dehumanization that is related to the perception of one’s ingroup as less human than other groups.

The Special Issue will accept manuscripts that explore the targets’ perspective of experienced dehumanization in intergroup as well as in interpersonal relations. Topics may include (but are not limited to) analyses of meta-, self- and ingroup dehumanization antecedents (e.g., social and non-social agents, contextual determinants) and consequences (e.g., performance, well- being, interpersonal/intergroup interactions) as well as links with related concepts, such as self-objectification, that fall under the umbrella of meta-, self- , or ingroup dehumanization (although links with core concepts should be made clear in the manuscripts).

We welcome submissions reporting quantitative research. Qualitative research will be considered only when it is supported by substantial quantitative findings.

Manuscripts (typically 5000-8000 words) words should be prepared in accordance with APA publication guidelines (i.e., Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed.) and submitted through the GPIR website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gpir. Be sure to indicate that the submission is for consideration in the special issue on Less than human: What people who are dehumanized think, feel and do. If the number of articles accepted exceeds the capacity of the special issue GPIR reserve the right to publish articles in the normal issue of the journal.

Please direct any inquires (e.g., about suitability, format, etc.) to the guest editors.

FYI. Special issue of Fat Studies CFP: Representing Fatness through Critical and Artistic Practice


Call for Proposals: Special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society called Representing Fatness through Critical and Artistic Practice

Guest Editor: Dr. Lori Don Levan, Penn State University, ldlevan7@gmail.com

To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please send a 250-400 word proposal and current CV or resume to Lori Don Levan (ldlevan7@gmail.com) no later than December 20th, 2020.  Please put “Fat Studies Art Proposal” in the subject so it isn’t missed! Any questions should be emailed to the guest editor as well.


Fatness is represented in a myriad of creative ways through the visual arts and visual culture. This special issue of Fat Studies called Representing Fatness through Critical and Artistic Practice offers an opportunity to examine art-making and visual culture through a critical lens. We are looking for proposals that discuss a variety of subject matter as it relates to visual culture and artistic practice. Proposals may be developed through a variety of lenses such as art historical, artmaking, visual culture, art education, feminism and related fields of study. We are also looking for creative proposals that challenge academic norms, use interdisciplinary methods, and/or provide insight into art practice that is centered on fat bodies and fat experiences. International perspectives are welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

·      Fat bodies in an art historical context

·      Fat bodies in contemporary art practice

·      Artistic practice that focuses on fat bodies as subject matter

·      LGTBQ+ issues centering on fatness and visual representation

·      Using self-portraiture as a way to create a critical space for dialogue relating to intersectionality.

·      Autobiography and the self-portrait

·      Challenging the Beauty/Ugly binary in visual culture

·      The fat body as spectacle

·      Performing fatness

·      Creating sites of resistance to fat stereotypes

·      Visual representation of disability and the fat body

·      Fat fashion as resistance to social and cultural norms

·      Building female empowerment through the visual image

·      Examining the corporeal voice of fat women artists who combine visual images with creative writing

·      Visual representations of fatness as protest

·      Resisting fat phobia through alternative visual representations

·      Creating fat images through collaboration

·      Visualizing fatness in the art classroom

·      Fatness, objectification and agency in artistic practice

·      Fat ladies on view! Burlesque, sideshows and freaks

·      Visualizing the fat male body

·      Fatness visualized through a racial/ethnic lens

·      Fat bodies and social media

·      Identifying and analyzing fat bodies in comics

·      Decentering the white ideal in visual representation.

Asking questions regarding fat visual representation are welcome, including:

·      How do we create visual resistance and what does it look like through the visual arts? 

·      Where do we make ourselves visible/draw attention to ourselves through visual representation? 

·      How do we measure the success of visibility through artistic practice?

·      Where do images of fatness and against fatness exist in visual culture?

Creative alternatives are also welcome:

·      Visual fat manifesto

·      Discussing the trajectory of a body of artwork about fatness through reflective journaling and image making

·      Documenting fat creatives in their workspaces

·      An artistic self-study focused on the corporeal experience of being fat

Contributors will be notified of the status of their proposal by January 15th, 2021. Full manuscripts, including all notes, references, appendices, and tables/figures, should be no longer than 5,500 words. If you wish to include reproductions of visual images with your article, please provide documentation of 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. 

FYI. ECR funding opportunity: marriage and close relationships


The UCLA Marriage and Close Relationships Lab is seeking small grant applications from pre-tenure researchers focused on expanding the scope and relevance of relationship science.

Due Dates

Initial Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2020

Final Proposal Deadline (by Invitation): March 1, 2021

Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2021

Mechanism of Support

Support will be provided in the form of a grant from the UCLA Marriage and Close Relationships Lab. Proposals may budget for up to $75,000 per year for up to two years.

Investigators selected for funding will be invited to UCLA to workshop their ideas and connect with other grant recipients. [If the global pandemic prevents an in-person meeting, the workshop will be held virtually].


  1. Researchers in psychology, sociology, communications, public health, or related fields are encouraged to apply.
  2. The PI must have a PhD and not tenured. Other investigators on the project may be more senior.

Application Process

Programs will be selected in a two-stage process. The initial application consists of a three-page, single-spaced research proposal, plus a personnel list (including proposers’ CVs and websites), and a brief draft budget. The Review Committee will select a small number of initial proposals for further consideration. Only those applicants whose initial proposals are selected by the committee will be eligible to submit full proposals.

Expenses that are eligible for funding include: participant compensation, equipment and materials, salary for investigators and consultants. Proposers are encouraged to develop budgets that combine this support with other sources when available.

The UCLA Relationship Institute is committed to scientific merit, which entails the inclusion of scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, disability statuses, countries of origin, geographical locations, and disciplinary expertise.

The Committee will prioritize research that is innovative, theoretically ambitious, and potentially broad in impact. Purposive sampling is expected; proposals for research on convenience samples are less likely to be successful. Potential proposers are encouraged to contact members of Committee during the initial proposal preparation process. 

Areas of Interest:

The UCLA Relationship Institute seeks to encourage and support novel and ambitious research on interpersonal relationships. Specific areas of Interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Relationship transitions. Relationships evolve continuously over time, but sometimes they also change categorically: friends become lovers, lovers become spouses, spouses become ex-spouses. Relationship science has documented when these transitions occur, but we still know very little about how they occur. How do partners make the decision to change the definition of their relationship? What is the time course of these transitions?

Diversity in relationships across cultures, SES, sexual orientations. Relationships are a human universal, and some values and processes can be observed in most relationships around the globe. At the same time, relationships also vary greatly across cultures and contexts. How do expectations, values, processes, behaviors, and outcomes vary across different dimensions of diversity?

How people evaluate their relationships. Relationship satisfaction is one of the most frequently studied variables in relationship science. How do global evaluations of a relationship get made? Is relationship satisfaction a chronically accessible construct, or does it become relevant only at certain times (like when researchers are asking about it)? What information do partners use to evaluate their relationships, and what information gets left out?

Relationships in the context of other relationships. There is no such thing as just two people. The relationship between any two partners always involves many more people, including friends, family members, former partners, potential alternative partners, coworkers, and acquaintances. How is the connection between any two people shaped by all of the other ongoing relationships surrounding each partner?

Relationships and social structures. Relationships, as they say, can be hard work. Lots of relationship science has focused on the nature of that work (e.g., compromise, perspective-taking, empathy), identifying how members of a dyad can do it better. Yet the ability to maintain a relationship can also be facilitated or constrained by forces external to the dyad, such as financial strain, time constraints, cultural barriers, etc. How do these often-invisible social structures change the way interpersonal relationships form, develop, and end?


To submit a preliminary application, please follow this link: marriage.psych.ucla.edu/grant-application-form

Committee Information

Benjamin Karney, PhD.


Thomas Bradbury, PhD.


Contact Email


Open letter to late-night TV hosts – collecting signatures

Hi all. Along with some amazing colleagues, we have penned an open letter to US late night TV hosts asking them to stop using fat phobic humour. We are trying to collect signatories from, especially, people with academic or professional credentials, including activist organisations. If you would like to sign, please add your signature and please feel free to send to colleagues who might also wish to sign. Also please feel free to share on your professional social media if you feel comfortable!

The final document has a preface that you can use as a template of sorts to send to individuals asking them to sign, if you so wish.

Because the presidential election is coming up quick -we are hoping to get signatures by October 13th so we can get the letters into late night hosts hands ASAP.
Here is the link for the final document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y5206aqfUArDzTwUOh70XqtGjrdXRXR3hTpGbNxpC_U/edit?usp=sharing

FYI. 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health


The 3rd electronic conference sponsored by IJERPH is open for submission now. The e-conference will be held on an online platform and would be free of charge for all participants. Two Best Paper Awards (500 CHF each) will be available at this conference. The conference runs 25th November to 9th December. Deadline for abstract submissions is October 23rd,

More info: https://ecerph-3.sciforum.net/

FYI. Special issue of Fat Studies: Fatness and COVID-19. Call for proposals.


Call for proposals for a special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on “Fatness and COVID-19”

To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please send a 250-400 word proposal and current CV or resume to both co-editors, Rachel Colls (rachel.colls@durham.ac.uk)  and Julia E. Rogers (jerogers@ucsd.edu)  by September 15, 2020.  Any questions should be emailed to the co-editors.

This special issue of Fat Studies on Fatness and COVID-19 seeks to explore the symbolic, lived, and political life of fatness and fat people in the midst of the global pandemic.  COVID-19, and the public health response to it, have radically transformed the daily lived experiences of people all over the world. From lockdowns to contain the virus to a global economic downturn life in a “post-COVID” world looks, feels, tastes, and sounds different than before.  As populations were told to lockdown and the movement of bodies were policed and regulated, fatness came to the fore in different ways. Amidst this massive social, political, and economic shift, fatness has once again been positioned as a prime concern for individuals, governments, and the medical establishment.  From widespread expressions of fear about gaining weight during lockdown to discussions of withholding ventilator support for fat individuals in the event of “rationing” of care the pre-existing societal preoccupation with fatness has thread its way throughout the pandemic.   Even before there was any available biomedical data on morbidity or mortality rates for fat patients, The World Obesity Federation (2020) identified  people who were “overweight” and “obese” as more at risk of becoming seriously ill , needing  hospitalization, and intensive care treatment if they contracted SARS-COV-2. Indeed, countries are responding to the risks that fat bodies pose  by implementing public health campaigns, such as the UK government’s (2020) ‘Better Health’ 12 week weight loss programme which seeks to reduce people’s body size as well as protect valuable healthcare resources.  In the United States of America a familiar narrative about risk, personal responsibility, and blame has emerged reminiscent of the “moral danger” (Lupton, 1993) of the AIDS epidemic as the nation debates stay-at-home orders, mask use, and worthiness and expendability of the lives of people with risk factors..

For this special issue we seek papers that consider how fat people have been differentially affected by this novel virus and the social and political response to the pandemic. Fat and fatness are already deeply connected to topics of health, public health, personal well-being, health moralism, and conceptions of risk, blame, and responsibility in relation to public and personal health.  We welcome papers exploring the ways fatness has been pathologized, represented and experienced across a range of international and national contexts.  In addition, we seek papers that investigate the ways that fat, fatness, and fat embodiment have interacted with shifts in the social, political, and virtual world due to COVID-19. What has life under and post-lockdown been like for fat people and their advocates? How have fat people responded to the concerns expressed about their ‘health’’; and how have fat people built solidarity and community during a time when fatness is denigrated and feared?  We also seek papers that explore the overlapping oppressions that fat people face through intersectional analysis of race, gender, sexuality, social class, fatness and disability status during COVID-19.  COVID-19 has differentially affected communities of color and one way this suffering has been dismissed is through the leveraging of “obesity,” “culture,” and “lifestyle” to shift blame toward these communities and away from more structural explanations.

Proposed topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Everyday experiences of fatness under lockdown
  • Critical assessments of public health policy,  anti-obesity public health campaigns, or COVID-19 risk assessment practices
  • Discussion of fat bodies as expendable, unworthy of protection, or deserving of harm during the pandemic
  • Representations of fatness and COVID-19
  • Popular use of images of fatness or preoccupation with fatness, weight gain, or “overeating” under lockdown
  • Medicalization of  fat bodies
  • Risk and fatness
  • Disability and fatness in a COVID-19 context
  • Building (virtual and real life) fat communities
  • Experiences of isolation, loneliness, or loss of  community during lockdown centered around fatness
  • Impacts upon fat-owned or fat serving businesses
  • Experiences of anti-fat bias or discrimination in context of job loss, shifts in job responsibilities, or work-from-home practices
  • Fat phobia and discrimination
  • Eating and drinking
  • Making and creating under lockdown
  • Movement and physical activity
  • Hospitalisation and treatment
  • Mental health and emotions
  • Intersectional experiences of overlapping oppressions during COVID-19
  • Antiblackness and Antifatness intersecting in the construction of risk groups during COVID-19
  • Anti-fatness, COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

Please send proposals and a current CV for proposed articles to Guest Editors:

Rachel Colls (rachel.colls@durham.ac.uk

Julia Rogers (jerogers@ucsd.edu)


Lupton, Deborah. “Risk as moral danger: the social and political functions of risk discourse in public health.” International journal of health services 23, no. 3 (1993): 425-435.

National Health Service (NHS) (2020) ‘Better Health’ (Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/ (Date Accessed: 29/07/20).

World Obesity Forum (2020) ‘Statement: Coronavirus (Covid -19) and Obesity’ (Available from: https://www.worldobesity.org/news/statement-coronavirus-covid-19-obesity (Date Accessed: 29/07/20)

FYI. Fat Studies in Canada (book) – call for proposals


Fat Studies in Canada: (Re)Mapping the Field

Edited By: Allison Taylor, Kelsey Ioannoni, Sonia Meerai, Calla Evans, Amanda Scriver, May Friedman

This edited collection will focus on the growing field of fat studies, specifically the emergence of fat studies theorists, academics, artists, and community activists in the colonial project known as Canada. As a field of research, fat studies criticizes dominant framings of fatness, particularly those of ‘obesity’ or an ‘obesity epidemic’, for the ways in which they marginalize fat bodies. Instead, fat studies seeks to understand the ways in which fatness functions simultaneously as a material experience and a cultural construct, with the aim of challenging—and ultimately dismantling— the fat oppression that is pervasive in contemporary Western cultures. Accordingly, fat studies takes a non-pathologizing approach to fatness, positing fatness as a form of human diversity and as a politicized embodiment and, therefore, offering a critical theoretical framework for identifying, analyzing, and resisting fat oppression. In critically examining attitudes around weight, fat studies argues that our knowledge of weight needs to be understood in an intersectional fashion, as weight cannot be understood without acknowledging the way people are situated in multiple forms of marginalization and oppression, embracing an intersectional approach to understanding fatness. Indeed, fat studies must consider how gender, race, class, disability, and other axes of oppression impact cultural ideas about, and individual and group embodied experiences of fatness.

While fat studies has been criticized for being U.S. (United States) centric, the field is growing in Canada, with scholars producing rich contributions to the field. With its focus on Canada, this edited book acknowledges that borders are a colonial construct and, therefore, posits Canada as an imagined space with real, material impacts on marginalized lives. As a settler society, in which the pathologization of body shape and size diversity plays a central role in the imposition and maintenance of white supremacy, it is especially urgent to consider fatness in a Canadian context. Indeed, it is imperative that analyses of fatness in a Canadian context consider the colonial and white supremacist nature of fatphobia because of the ways in which Canadian institutions such as policing target and enact violence against Indigenous, Black, and Brown bodies. It is within the context of an emergent fat studies field in Canada that we position this edited collection. This edited book thus looks to map the current state of fat studies in Canada, with particular focus on gendered analyses of fatness. In highlighting Canadian fat studies scholarship, we aim to chart the unique ways that scholars in Canada are troubling and thickening the larger fat studies literature.

Possible Topics Include:

  • The landscape of/positioning fat studies in Canada

  • Gender and fatness (femininities, masculinities, non-binary and trans genders)

  • Indigenous and decolonial approaches to fat studies and Canada

  • Race, racism, white supremacy, and fatness

  • Disability and crip approaches to fatness

  • Fatness and sexuality

  • Fatness and age/ing

  • Fatness, class, and poverty in the Canadian landscape

  • Axes of privilege and oppression with fatness

  • Canadian public policies, legislation, campaigns, and messaging relating to body shape, size, and weight

  • The medicalization of fatness in Canada

  • Fat activism in Canada: past, present, and future

  • Canadian media representations of fatness

  • mothering, fathering, and parenting and fatness in Canada

  • Fatness in the community

  • Variations in experiences of fat and size (i.e. superfats)

  • Respectability politics

  • Reconceptualizing ‘health’

  • Fatness and COVID-19

We welcome additional ideas for submissions!

We invite people to submit academic articles, stories, alternative forms of narration, illustrations, poetry, and other art works that highlight issues relating to fat studies in Canada.

Abstracts/Statement of Interest – Due Monday August 31st 2020

Please submit an abstract (for academic work, up to 300 words) or explanation (up to 100 words) of your submission by August 31st 2020 to fatincanada2020@gmail.com. Acceptances will be notified mid September 2020. Full drafts will tentatively be due December 2020.

In recognizing the fraught and unprecedented nature of this current time surrounding COVID-19, if you are intending to submit but need more time (for either abstract or full submission), please let us know and we will do our best to work with your timeline.

Under contract with Inanna Publications (https://www.inanna.ca).