8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

Announcements

FYI. CFP 2/3. Special issue of Fat Studies: Weight as a social identity – Theoretical and empirical advances

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Special issue of Fat Studies entitled “Weight as a Social Identity: Theoretical and Empirical Advances,” guest edited by Drs. Jeffrey Hunger and Paula Brochu

 Contact Emails: 

hungerjm@miamioh.edu (Jeffrey Hunger) or  pbrochu@nova.edu (Paula Brochu)

The goal of this special issue of Fat Studies is to center fatness in models of social identity that might overlook it or assume it is inherently negative. Social identification can be broadly conceptualized as positive or negative and it varies in strength (e.g., level of social identification). At the same time, social identity consists of multiple components (e.g., centrality, solidarity, satisfaction, ingroup ties). We anticipate prioritizing research that develops or applies theoretical models of social identity to fatness and tests underlying psychological processes, identity management strategies, perceived socio-structural characteristics, and/or its effects (e.g., in-group favoritism, self-esteem, collective action). We especially welcome work that explicitly approaches fat identity from an intersectional perspective, and work that is rooted in stigma resistance and body liberation.

This special issue invites papers that address the concept of fat identity. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing competing theoretical models of social identification as fat
  • Coming out as fat/development of a fat identity
  • Resisting stigma and reclaiming fatness as a positive social identity
  • Strategies for increasing weight-based collective action
  • Social identification as a buffer against weight-based oppression
  • Fat identity at the intersections of race, gender, and/or sexual identity

To submit a proposal for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, please send a 250-500 word summary of your article as well as a current CV to Jeffrey Hunger, at hungerjm@miamioh.edu by September 15th, 2020. Any questions about the special issue can be directed to this email address as well.

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. CFP 1 of 3. Special issue of Fat Studies: Fatness and Food Justice: Revisioning Pasts, Presents, and Futures

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Fatness and Food Justice: Revisioning Pasts, Presents, and Futures

A Special Issue of Fat Studies: An International Journal of Body Weight and Society

Guest editors: Jennifer Brady, Andrea Bombak, Leigh Potvin, Andrea Kirkham, K-Lee Fraser, and Jacqui Gingras

 

Submit proposals to Jennifer Brady (jennifer.brady@msvu.ca) by July 31 2020

This Special Issue will feature theoretical and empirical analyses of past and present  fat oppressive food practices, pedagogies, discourses, and policies that have been advanced in the name of food justice and within global food movement(s). Analyses will also consider the effects of fat oppression within food justice and food movement(s) activism and scholarship on the lived experiences of diverse actors, and elucidate  fat food justice as the foundation of size-inclusive futurities. The Special Issue will highlight pedagogies, social movements, policy, and activism/advocacy aimed at creating change around food (social, cultural, political, economic, relational, etc) that is not only not fat oppressive (see Brady, Gingras, and LeBesco, 2019), but is fat affirming and intersectional. Authors will be drawn from, but not limited to, feminist food studies, human geography, education, sociology, women’s and gender studies, and the helping professions who wish to present critical perspectives on how food and fatness have been and are currently presented, but also how fat resurgence and food sovereignty may constitute a radical fat future.

Responses to this call may include multi-media, arts-based, or textual submissions. Text-based offerings can be traditional academic writing or alternative forms that bring fat studies, fat scholarship, and fat activism to bear on what food justice has, does, and can mean. We encourage authors to push fat studies into radical new realms!

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What is fat food justice? What does fat food justice feel like, look like, sound like?
  • How might fat food justice expand visions of a just food system?
  • How do fat bodies/fatness push/challenge/confront the agenda on the right to food?
  • Where and how does fat-phobia exist within the food justice and food sovereignty movement(s)? In what ways does weight stigma intersect with racism, classism, sexism, homo- and trans-phobia, ageism, and ableism? How does weight stigma coalesce with nutritionism, healthism, and colonialism in these spaces?
  • What should or could be the role of health and education professionals in advancing a socially-just food system that redresses fat phobia and intersecting oppressions?
  • What does a socially-just food system look like when imagined through the lens of fat justice and health justice?
  • What is health sovereignty? How do fat food futures advance health sovereignty vis a vis food sovereignty?
  • How might a fat ethic push dialogue on what healthy food and a healthy, sustainable food system mean?
  • What is the role of intersectionality in fat food justice/futures? How does fatness make intersectional analyses explicit in food movement(s)?
  • How can fat scholars and activists advance feminist, intersectional, and queer food studies and food activism?
  • What food-based policies, practices, and discourses re-inscribe fat oppression, and how do we change these?
  • How will anxieties concerning food and health in the future circumscribe the availability of foods deemed “obesogenic”?

Submission of traditional written texts: Interested authors may submit a 300-500 word proposal that describes the purpose, scope, and methodological and theoretical perspective of the research/paper.

Submission of narrative, reflexive writing, or poetry: Narrative, reflexive writing, and poetry are also encouraged. Interested authors may submit a 300-500 word proposal that describes the topic, scope, and approach for the piece of writing, as well as an author’s statement where appropriate.

Submission of arts-based pieces: Arts-based based submissions may be images, audio, or video pieces. Interested contributors may submit a 300-500 word proposal that describes the topic, scope, and format for the piece, as well as an artist’s statement. Image-based submissions will be published in the special issue. Audio and video submissions will be posted online by the contributor and linked within the special issue.

 Timeline:

Proposals: July 31 2020

Submission of first drafts: November 1 2020

Reviews completed and returned to authors: December 1 2020

Submission of revised drafts: March 1 2021

Review completed: April 1 2021

 

FYI. Special issue of Fat Studies journal (2): Spatiality of fatness

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Call for Proposals: Special Issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society

Issue topic: The spatiality of  fatness

Guest Editor: Caché Owens-Velásquez, University of New Hampshire.

Email: cache.owens@unh.edu

Deadline for 250-500 word proposals: August 31, 2000

This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society will analyze the spatiality of fatness. This special issue focuses on the intersections of space/place and fatness. Submissions would analyze fatness through the lens of physical space, applying geographic thought to critically examine how fatness is treated across spatial contexts. Examinations of fat geographies have largely focused on the relationship between the built environment and the “obesity epidemic”. Conversely, this special issue is interested in studying the characteristics and evolution of spaces that result in the creation of fat friendly or fat hostile spaces through the normative lens of fat liberation. Papers in this special issue could borrow from literature in place-making, urban planning, spatial justice, public transportation, hospitality, business, and other disciplines.

This special issue invites papers that address the concept of the spatiality of fatness. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Experiences of fatness across nations
  • Fat positive urban design and planning
  • Intersections of fat activism and spatial justice
  • Useful methodologies for examining fatness through a spatial lens
  • Theoretical frameworks related to geography of fatness
  • Critical reflections on space and place constructions and their impact on fat bodies

To submit a proposal for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, please send a 250-500 word summary of your article as well as a current CV to Caché Owens-Velasquez, at cache.owens@unh.edu by August 31, 2020. Any questions about the special issue can be directed to this email address as well.

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. Special issue of Fat Studies journal (1): Fat and fat studies in higher education

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Call for Proposals: Special Issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society

Issue topic:FAT AND FAT STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Guest Editor: Dr Thea Werkhoven – University of Sydney (Australia), thea.werkhoven@sydney.edu.au

500-word summary due by August 31, 2000 

This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society will examine health and weight related pedagogy in higher education. Specifically, how degrees and courses for future health educators and health professionals approach education on weight, health and working towards unbiased professional practice after graduation.

Research has shown that students in higher education institutions enrolled in health related degrees designed to funnel them into health professions, allied health or health education may possess weight bias towards fat individuals and fatness itself. The future professionalism and style of service provided to clients/patients/students may in turn be jeopardized by these attitudes, resulting in fat individuals being treated more poorly than people the professional does not view as being fat. The flow on effects for the multifaceted wellbeing of the affected individual are plentiful.

This special issue invites contributions across a range of disciplines, methodological and theoretical frameworks within fat studies that have investigated or tested interventions in the field of weight bias in higher education. Papers that have implemented an experimental research methodology are particularly welcomed, as are those that have utilised or compared a holistic approach to education like Health At Every Size to more biomedical approaches to education which are weight-centric.

Potential topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Degree structure and accreditation for discipline specific health professionals
  • How higher education prepares future health professionals for unbiased practice
  • Advancements in fat studies or fat pedagogy in higher education
  • Health at Every Size and the separation or integration with biomedical approaches to health education in colleges and/or universities
  • Novel interventions to decrease weight bias in pre-service health professionals, health educators or clinicians.
  • Factors that influence weight bias in future health professionals, health educators or clinicians during their studies
  • Role modelling of instructors and higher educators teaching fat studies
  • Can fat educators teach fat studies and reduce weight bias
  • Policy analysis of professional requirements for each discipline to practice in an inclusive and unbiased way, relevant to fatness
  • Policy analysis of national +/- government endorsed approaches to weight-specific health care

To submit a proposal for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, please send a 250-500 word summary of your article to Thea Werkhoven (thea.werkhoven@sydney.edu.au) by 31st August 2020. Any questions about the special issue can be directed to this email address as well.

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. Special issue Fat Studies journal: Fat kinship

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Call for Proposals: Special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Fat Kinship

Guest editor: Cindy Baker,  cnbaker@ualberta.ca

To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please send a 200-250 word abstract and a current CV to Cindy Baker, cnbaker@ualberta.ca  by August 31, 2020.  Any questions about the topic can also be directed to Cindy Baker at this e-mail address.

This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society explores fatness in relationships.

Though fat people occupy the same diversity of roles within their lives relative to their relationships as other humans do (child, parent, sibling, family member, partner, friend, etc), representations of fatness in popular culture are often one-dimensional, focusing on the lonely single fat figure or the fat mother/surrogate nurturing character. Real life fat relationships, however, are both broadly diverse and complicated by their fatness. Fat kinship is a fertile ground, and deserves an increased focus through an academic lens.

I invite papers on a variety of topics around a broad definition of fat kinship including intimate relationships, genetic bonds, friendship, nuclear family, extended family, chosen family, and more. Artistic research-creation welcome.

Topics that might be covered include:

  • Fat intimacy
  • Fat domesticity
  • Fat family life
  • Solo fat life
  • Fat couples
  • Fat polyamory
  • Fat/non-fat relationships
  • Representations of fat relationships in popular culture
  • Conflation of fatness and nurturing
  • The impact of self-isolation on fat people and fat bodies
  • Private fat spaces; alternative definitions of “home”
  • How fat people build/adapt family and community

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.

It is with much disappointment that we are announcing that this year’s Weight Stigma Conference will be cancelled. Given the fast developing nature of the public health situation, we have decided that is no longer feasible to go ahead with the event this year. We are hoping we will be able to hold the conference as planned in 2021. Please sign up for notifications to be kept informed of dates, location, abstract submission etc.

From all the conference team, we wish you all good health during this difficult time.

WSC 2020 coronavirus update

We would like to give you an update on the status of the 2020 Weight Stigma Conference, in light of the current public health situation. As you might expect, we are taking the implications of COVID-19 very seriously and are keeping track of evolving national and global conditions in our ongoing efforts to assess the situation and provide a safe environment for our presenters and delegates.

At the time of this writing, WSC 2020 will go ahead as planned. Alongside our concerns for the wellbeing and safety of our community, we do not want to contribute to an acceleration of panic. We acknowledge that broader elements of xenophobia and isolationism are being expressed under the guise of concern for some. We wish to promote solidarity within our community and support the livelihoods of the local communities in which we live and work. Our working principle is that scholarship and activism must continue, and meeting in-person is an essential component of this.

We are aware that a number of institutions have now applied bans on non-essential travel, but most are planning to revisit the situation around the second or third week of April. Given this, it seems prudent to postpone making firm decisions about possible cancellations until the end of April, taking into account the advice given by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs at that time regarding the evolving national and global situation with respect to progression of the coronavirus outbreak and containment measures required.

While we do not advise booking travel to New Zealand at this time, it would be helpful to us to have an idea of how many people would be wishing to attend provided that travel is still running smoothly to and from New Zealand. As such, if you are still hoping to be able to attend, we would be grateful if you would go ahead and register for the conference here: https://stigmaconference.com/registration-2020/

**Note: All registrations will be refunded in full in the event that the conference is cancelled.**

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. For now, we wish you all good health and hope we are able to see as many of you as possible in Auckland in June.

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2020 Weight Stigma Conference registration now open

8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 22–23 June, 2020

Auckland, New Zealand

REGISTER NOW: Get Early Bird Rates

We are delighted to announce that registration for the 8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference is now open. The two-day interdisciplinary program will cover the entire weight stigma research spectrum—from basic, to applied, to clinical, to policy—and feature an outstanding roster of international speakers and local experts.

We are honoured to present our keynote speakers for this year’s Weight Stigma Conference:

  • Dr Lindo Bacon is an internationally recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight and health. A professor and researcher, for almost two decades Dr. Bacon has taught courses in social justice, health, weight and nutrition. Dr. Bacon is author of the iconic and bestselling Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight and co-author, with Lucy Aphramor, of Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight. They are committed to centralizing the ways in which power, privilege and disadvantage complicate our experience of our bodies. lindobacon.com
  • Dr Isaac Warbrick (Ngāti Te Ata, Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi) is an exercise physiologist, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research at AUT University. Dr Warbrick’s research has focused on the impact of physical activity on the health and well-being of Māori with a particular focus on Māori men. Much of his research is conducted at the interface between biomedical, lab-based, and indigenous approaches to research. His most recent publications have questioned whether ‘weight’ and ‘weight loss’ are appropriate ‘health’ measures for Māori, suggesting that outcome measures should better reflect cultural values.
  • Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor and storyteller, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life so that we can reclaim our
    power as social creators. In her new essay collection, Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old, Kimberly navigates her experience of being fat since childhood—as well as queer, white-privileged, a gender-conforming “girl with a pretty face,” active then disabled, and inevitably aging, blending storytelling and social analysis to create a deeper understanding of how appearance privilege and stigma function in everyday life and how the architecture of this social world constrains us, and how we can each build a more just social world, one interaction at a timekimberlydark.com

The Weight Stigma Conference is an inter-disciplinary event that brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds (e.g., public health, government and public policy, psychology, medicine, sociology, anthropology, allied health professions, education, sports and exercise science, social sciences, media studies, business, law, activism, and the lay public) to consider research, policy, rhetoric, and practice around the issue of weight stigma. For more information, visit: stigmaconference.com


Abstract submission

Abstract submission for oral presentations and conference sessions is now closed. We will continue to accept submissions for poster presentations until 31st May 2020, and will make acceptance decisions on a weekly rolling basis – so you will know within one week of submission if your abstract has been accepted. For more information, visit: https://stigmaconference.com/abstract-submission/


Bursary Fund – Supporting Accessibility

The Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit event. Although we try and keep prices down, we realise that the conference will nevertheless be beyond some people’s means. Rather than raising the cost of tickets, we will make every effort to raise additional funding through donations and sponsorship to allow us to give bursaries to individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

A Donation option is available on the registration website for both delegates and non-attendees who are in a position to contribute a little extra to help us provide financial assistance where needed. Alternatively, donations can be made via our GoFundMe page. Thank you for your generosity.

If you are interested in formal sponsorship of the event, please contact us for more information.


Registration

The Weight Stigma Conference is a not-for-profit event. We have a single ticket price for all delegates that covers the two-day event and a reception on the first evening.

  • Early bird registration (until 30th April 2020): NZD 225
  • Standard registration (from 1 May 2020): NZD 300

A small number of bursaries may be available for individuals on low incomes. Please email us for more information. A Donation button is also available on the ticketing website if you would like to make a small (or large) contribution. Donations will be used to provide financial assistance for individuals who might otherwise be unable to attend. Thank you. You may also donate on our Go Fund Me page.

Please click on the ‘Register Now’ button below to be taken to the ticketing website.

REGISTER NOW


Fat Studies Conference, 18–19 June, 2020, Auckland, NZ

We are delighted to co-locate our conference this year with the Fat Studies: Past, Present and Futures conference, being held in Auckland on the 18th and 19th June. The two-day conference will include keynote presentations from Professor Esther Rothblum and Sonya Renee Taylor,  founder of The Body is Not an Apology, as well as community events and a conference dinner. Online-only tickets are also available. For more information about FSNZ2020, please visit http://fsnz.org/. Note, early-bird registration for FSNZ2020 ends on 31st March.

WSC 2020: Keynotes announced

Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to announce the keynote speakers for the 8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference will be Lindo Bacon, Isaac Warbrick, and Kimberly Dark. Check out their bios below.

Abstract deadline reminder

Don’t forget that session and oral presentation abstracts are due Monday 17th. Visit the website for more information and to submit your abstract. Posters submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund

For the past few years, we have been crowdfunding a bursary fund to help make the conference more accessible for people who might otherwise not be able to attend. All donations are very gratefully received. You can make a donation at:

  • https://www.gofundme.com/f/wsc2020
  • On our website homepage: stigmaconference.com
  • At time of registration. Note registration is not yet open. The WSC is a not-for-profit and registration is costed at break-even levels. We are currently finalising this year’s budget and will be able to calculate delegate costs and open registration as soon as that has been done.

Speaker bios

Dr Lindo Bacon

Lindo Bacon Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight and health. Dr. Bacon’s academic training includes two Masters’ Degrees, one in Psychotherapy, specializing in Eating Disorders and Body Image, and the other in Exercise Science, specializing in Metabolism. They also earned a Ph.D. in Physiology with a Nutrition emphasis from the University of California. A professor and researcher, for almost two decades Dr. Bacon has taught courses in social justice, health, weight and nutrition; they have also conducted federally funded studies on health and weight and published in top scientific journals.

Dr. Bacon is author of the iconic and bestselling Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight. Their more recent co-authored release Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, has already found its way into the heart of the weight discourse, transforming the way we think about weight and health, and offering an alternative path to compassionate and effective health care. Dr. Bacon is committed to centralizing the ways in which power, privilege and disadvantage complicate our experience of our bodies. Health professionals – as well as people on their own personal journeys to body appreciation – call Lindo’s work “life-changing” and “transformative,” providing the tools and confidence for personal change and inspiring others. Their forthcoming book, Radical Belonging: How to Survive and Thrive in an Unjust World (and Transform it for the Better), takes their inspiring message beyond size, to shaping a culture of empathy, equity and true belonging. Website: lindobacon.com            Twitter: @LindoBaconX         Instagram: lindobacon

Dr Isaac Warbrick

Dr. Isaac Warbrick (Ngāti Te Ata, Te Arawa, Ngā Puhi) is an exercise physiologist, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research at AUT University.  The Taupua Waiora Centre is part of the National Institute of Public Health and Mental Health Research. It is a multi-disciplinary research group specialising in hauora Māori. The mission of Taupua Waiora is to promote whānau ora, and positive health experiences for Māori whānau. A core aim is to make significant contributions aimed at reducing health and social inequities in Māori health, by improving evidence and knowledge that will enhance access and use of health and associated services, and promote positive outcomes and hauora for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.

Dr Warbrick’s research has focused on the impact of physical activity on the health and well-being of Māori with a particular focus on Māori men. Much of his research is conducted at the interface between biomedical, lab-based, and indigenous approaches to research. Isaac is currently leading projects and collaborating with researchers in a variety of fields including exercise physiology, Māori health, epigenetics, men’s health, racism and health, and the use of traditional knowledge, such as the maramataka, on Māori health. His most recent publications have questioned whether ‘weight’ and ‘weight loss’ are appropriate ‘health’ measures for Māori, suggesting that outcome measures should better reflect cultural values.

Kimberly Dark

Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor and storyteller, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life so that we can reclaim our power as social creators.  She’s the author of Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old, The Daddies and Love and Errors, and her essays, stories and poetry are widely published in academic and popular online publications alike. Two of her contributions to Fat Studies Journal were among the top ten most read of 2019. Her ability to make the personal political is grounded in her training as a sociologist, and you can find her course offerings in Sociology at Cal State San Marcos and Writing/Arts at Cal State Summer Arts.

Kimberly’s essay collection, Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old is a moving, funny, and startlingly frank collection of personal essays about what it means to look a certain way. Or rather, certain ways. Navigating Kimberly Dark’s experience of being fat since childhood—as well as queer, white-privileged, a gender-conforming “girl with a pretty face,” active then disabled, and inevitably aging—each piece blends storytelling and social analysis to deftly coax readers into a deeper understanding of how appearance privilege (and stigma) function in everyday life and how the architecture of this social world constrains us. At the same time, she provides a blueprint for how each of us can build a more just social world, one interaction at a time.Website: kimberlydark.com     Twitter: @kimberlydark      Instagram: kimberly.dark

 

WSC 2020 abstract deadline extension

Abstract deadline extended

We will be extending the abstract submission deadline for conference sessions (workshops, seminars, symposia etc.) until Monday 17th February. Submissions for standard oral presentations are also due 17th February. Posters will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit stigmaconference.com

If you are interested in presenting a session but are unsure about the suitability or format, please email us and we will be happy to discuss with you.

Weight Stigma Conference Bursary Fund

For the past few years, we have been crowdfunding a bursary fund to help make the conference more accessible for people who might otherwise not be able to attend. All donations are very gratefully received. You can make a donation at:

  • https://www.gofundme.com/f/wsc2020
  • On our website homepage: stigmaconference.com
  • At time of registration. Note registration is not yet open. The WSC is a not-for-profit and registration is costed at break-even levels. We are currently finalising this year’s budget and will be able to calculate delegate costs and open registration as soon as that has been done.