8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


FYI. Visiting Fellow Progrmme, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

From fat studies scholar Hannele Harjunen:
Call for CRISES Visiting Fellow Programme for Post Doctoral Researchers, Associate Professors and Professors. Crises are pretty loosely defined and could include many different types of fat-related topics.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, opens a call for the Visiting Fellow Programme in Crises Redefined – Historical Continuity and Societal Change (CRISES) research profiling area. The program offers grants from 1 to 3.5 month visits.
CRISES is one of the thematic research areas that profiles research activities at the University of Jyväskylä. The CRISES profiling area builds on the core strengths of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, including multidisciplinary focus and ability to analyze societal change and historical continuity in long-term and transnational perspectives. The main objective of the research within CRISES profiling area is to understand various (often competing and contested) definitions of crisis: how crises come about and how they evolve; how they are defined and understood; and how they relate to global, national, and local physical environments and human action. The complexity of the topic is tackled not only by drawing on the existing empirical, theoretical, and methodological expertise of the researchers in art, culture, ethnology, history, politics, social sciences, and philosophy but also, by charting new approaches to crises, including testing and comparing different methods of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.
Focusing on year 2020 CRISES profiling area is launching a Fellowship Programme for international research visitors. The applicants to this program are expected to study themes such as:
  • Historical approaches to economic and societal crises, business failures and industry decline
  • Political and politicized crises in historical and contemporary perspective
  • Belonging, inclusion, exclusion and displacement: individual, social and cultural contexts of crises
There are several researchers working in the CRISES profiling area in the University of Jyväskylä. We are looking forward to tightening co-operation network in research and teaching with the visiting program scholars in the future.
The duration of the Visiting Fellow Program is 1-3.5 months during the year 2020.
The visitors are paid a tax-free grant, which amount is depending on the career stage of the Visiting Fellow:
  • 3.000 euros/month for Post Doctoral Researchers,
  • 4.500 euros/month for Associate Professors and
  • 5.500 euros/month for Professors.
The above mentioned grant will cover also
  • Travel expenses to and from Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Accommodation expenses either in the university’s guest apartments or in a free market apartment
Thus travel and accommodation will not be payed separately. The University of Jyväskylä offers support if you wish to book university’s guest apartment for your stay.
You may want to familiarize yourself with the university’s international staff guide https://www.jyu.fi/en/workwithus/international-staff-guide for more information about Jyväskylä and Finland.
Leave your application via an electronic form by Friday, November 1st 2019 by 16:00 hours. In your application you will be asked to
  1. describe how your research reinforces CRISES profiling area, including a short research plan
  2. attach your CV and Publication List
  3. give the approximate time and length of your visit
  4. tell if you are visiting the University of Jyväskylä alone or with your family (needed to arrange a suitable apartment if you wish to book university’s guest apartment).
For more information please contact Professor Jari Ojala, e-mail jari.ojala@jyu.fi, tel +358 400 247 387 (information about CRISES profiling area) or Head of Administration Riitta Sokka, e-mail riitta.r.sokka@jyu.fi, tel +358 40 805 5182 (information about the practical matters).
The selection criteria are
  1. the scientific quality of the applicant and research plan;
  2. the connection to the CRISES profiling area research interests
  3. interdisciplinarity.

FYI: Grad student position in social psych/stigma lab


Posted on behalf of Dr Jeff Hunger:

Applying to grad school in social psych? Interested in mental and physical health? Join me in the Hunger Stigma & Health (HuSH) Lab, Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Application deadline: December 1st 2019. More information about the programme available at: http://miamioh.edu/cas/academics/departments/psychology/academics/graduate-studies/social-program/

Application deadline: December 1st 2019


FYI. Opportunity for UK-based arts/humanities researchers


This amazing collaboration between the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the BBC offers phenomenal opportunities for early career researchers to develop as media personalities presenting their research to the general public. It is aimed at Early Career Researchers (late-stage PhD to 8-years post-PhD). Applicants must be doing research with a primary focus in the arts and humanities, or be cross-disciplinary including a strong arts and humanities component.

More info: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/new-generation-thinkers-2020/

Deadline: 8 October 2019

Slides available and save the date

A few of announcements today.

Thank yous

First, a huge shout out to everyone who made WSC 2019 such a fantastic success, from all the people behind the scenes to the presenters, the delegates, the sponsors, and everyone who made a donation to the bursary fund. We were able to provide 11 bursaries this year, making the conference accessible to more people who might otherwise have not been able to attend. And with great thanks to everyone who donated prizes to our raffle or bought a ticket, the WSC 2020 Bursary Fund is off to a great start with £470 (CAD 750) raised towards our £2500 goal. To make a donation and share the campaign on social media etc, visit https://www.gofundme.com/WSC2020. If you are a provider, writer, artist, etc and have something you’d like to offer as a prize for 2020, do get in touch.

Slides available

If you didn’t manage to make it to London Ontario for the event (or even if you did), the brochure/abstract book and many of the presentations are available for download on our website. Visit https://stigmaconference.com/london-2019/ to check them out. If you cite any of the work presented, do please use the DOIs provided.

Save the date: WSC 2020 will be in New Zealand

And last but not least, save the date for the 8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference. We will be heading south for the winter (theirs) and holding WSC 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd and 23rd June. Start saving now! And if you are interested in fat studies, the Fat Studies Conference New Zealand will be held, also in Auckland, on the 18th and 19th June, so you get a twofer. Details of themes, submission dates and more information about the conference will be available later in the year and early next year. To make sure you don’t miss any important announcements, sign up to get automatic notifications by email about any new postings – use the box in the top right hand corner of the homepage.


FYI. UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships


Note: UK and international applicants may apply. See person specification (PDF, 52KB) to assess eligibility.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK
  • to foster new research and innovation career paths including those at the academic/business and interdisciplinary boundaries, and facilitate movement of people between sectors
  • to provide sustained funding and resources for the best early career researchers and innovators
  • to provide long-term, flexible funding to tackle difficult and novel challenges, and support adventurous, ambitious programmes.

This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential based in UK universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user organisations. The support of the organisation will be a critical component of all fellowships which will enable the fellow to transition to or establish their research and/or innovation independence.

The investment will provide four years (full time equivalent) of funding for early-career researchers and innovators, including support for part-time awards and career-breaks, providing flexibility to researchers to tackle ambitious and challenging research questions. The funding may be extended for a further three years at the four-year point but we regnonise that not all fellows will want to do this.

Deadline: Outline proposals – 4pm (UK), 8 October 2019

Deadline: Full applications – 4pm (UK), 7 November 2019

More info: UKRI web page.

FYI. Special issue of Int J Environ Res & Pub Health on stigma and health


The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is calling for submissions to a special issue on stigma and health. The journal has an IF of 2.468 and an H-index of 78. Deadline for ms submission is 30th June, 2020. More information: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/stigma

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The modern world has made health technologies and medications available that lead to cures for diseases and health enhancement. The life expectancy among populations in different locations of the world has significantly increased; however, psychosocial health remains an important problem in our communities.

One of the important issues in psychosocial health is stigma, which can be conceptualized as the co-occurrence of the following: (i) distinguishing differences and labeling; (ii) negatively stereotyping those who are labeled as different; (iii) separating labeled people from unlabeled people (e.g., using “us” vs. “them”); (iv) emotional reactions, such as anger and hatred, among both those who do the labelling and those who are labeled; (v) the labeled group experiencing status loss and discrimination, and; (vi) economic, social, political, and power that enables these processes to unfold. Stigma may manifest itself in various forms: public stigma, experienced stigma, perceived stigma, and self-stigma. As long as any type of stigma exists, it poses a great threat to the health and well-being of those who are stigmatized. The results will include loss of opportunities in various aspects of life such as the availability of treatment, employment, housing, education. All of these aspects are important components of quality of life. Unfortunately, the link between stigma and health is still not fully understood. Therefore, we need more evidence to help healthcare providers to better understand the issue among populations in different parts of the world.

In this Special Issue, we intend to address this knowledge gap and invite the submission of papers that explore and shed light on the relationship between stigma and any aspect of health. Reviews, observational studies, case vignettes, and randomized experimental trials are welcome. If you have an idea and do not know whether this falls into the scope of this Special Issue, you may contact either one of the Guest Editors: Dr. Chung-Ying Lin, or Prof. Hector Tsang.

Dr. Chung-Ying Lin
Prof. Dr. Hector Tsang
Guest Editors

Cancer Research UK fat shaming ‘anti-obesity’ campaign: Sign the petition

The latest ‘anti-obesity’ campaign from Cancer Research UK is even more stigmatising than their last one, an impressive feat. It is also scientifically unsound and makes totally unfounded claims. A group of scientists, healthcare professionals, and advocates penned an open letter to Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of CRUK. You can read it here if you’re interested. There is also a petition to stop this insupportable advertising campaign, which has over 6000 signatories at the time of writing. You can also say why you are signing, including any personal stories – these will be passed on to CRUK. Access the petition here and please share widely.

Only 3 days to go!! Check out the Information for Delegates page for travel info, places to eat and things to do in London, Ontario.

Only a few tickets left for WSC 2019

Well, this has never happened before. We are almost sold out! There are no tickets remaining for Day 1 of the conference, but we still have four tickets available for Day 2. Check out the amazing line up for Day 2, but better make it quick! Click here to register now.

WSC 2019: Silent auction

Hard to believe that there are just 10 days to go until this year’s Weight Stigma Conference. We’ve had a number of generous donation of books, artwork, and services and we have decided to auction these off to raise money for next year’s Bursary Fund. So we thought we’d reach out to our wonderful followers to see if any of you have something you’d like to offer.

If you have something you would like to donate, please email us via stigmaconf@gmail.com by 20th June to be included in the brochure. We can accept donations up until the conference, but we won’t be able to acknowledge anything donated after the 20th in the conference brochure.

The auction will be open to non-delegates also – we will post details online on our website on 26th June and people will be able to bid remotely. More information coming soon.