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6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference: Call for abstracts

The 6th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference is being held in Leeds, UK on 18-19 June, 2018. We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations and posters, as well as session proposals including brief symposia, round tables, debates, and workshops. We are also interested in non-traditional submissions (e.g. media, performance, art). For more information about the conference, please visit: stigmaconference.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, 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.

The 2018 Weight Stigma Conference theme is dedicated to the topic of weight stigma in public health. Public health policy and campaigns have the potential to promote health and wellbeing for all. However, in recent years, some policies and campaigns have been criticised as misguided, conflating health with body size, inappropriately singling out higher-weight people, or using blatantly stigmatising imagery.The goal of the conference will be to provide an opportunity for critical discussion about current practices and to seek strategies that will ultimately improve the development of equitable public health policies and campaigns.

We are accepting abstracts for sessions, oral presentations and posters on subjects related to weight stigma including, but not limited to:

  • Weight stigma in public health
  • Weight stigma in society
  • Weight stigma in medical settings
  • Weight stigma in research, science, and academia
  • Weight stigma in the media
  • Weight stigma across social identities
  • Weight stigma and social justice
  • Public policy implications
  • Policies, interventions, and campaigns to reduce weight stigma
  • Internalised weight stigma
  • Impact of weight stigma on health and wellbeing

We are particularly interested in presentations related to this year’s theme. Presentations on new and emerging research in other areas pertaining to anti-fat bias are also welcome. Students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

There are prizes for the best oral presentation and best poster.

Submission deadlines:

  • Symposia, workshops, and other sessions: 9th February
  • Oral presentations: 23rd February
  • Poster presentations: 30th March (poster decisions will be made on a rolling basis)

For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit https://stigmaconference.com/abstract-submission/

Request for resources: International weight stigma legislation

Posting on behalf of Stephanie von Leibenstein of the German Society Against Weight Discrimination. She is seeking literature on the legal aspects of weight discrimination. She is particularly interested in any literature in the French language and/or information pertaining to the situation in countries outside Germany and the US, including the UK, Russia, and countries in South America and Africa. She is also interested in speaking to activitists advocating legal protection for fat people, especially those outside the US, Canada, Iceland, Germany, and New Zealand.

Updated: 1. Please contact Stephanie directly at s-v-liebenstein@gmx.de. 2. She is particularly interested in efforts to change the law in favour of fat rights, rather than evidence of how the legal system is failing fat people.

FYI. Royal Society / Leverhulme Trust: Senior research fellowships (UK)


The Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust invite applications for their senior research fellowships. These enable researchers to focus on full-time research by relieving them of all their teaching and administrative duties. Candidates may be working in all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Fellowships include salary costs and research expenses of up to £2,500 to cover the cost of consumables, equipment and travel.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at a UK university or eligible non-profit institution. They must be at a stage in their career where they have an independent research team and would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. Mid-career candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Fellowships are tenable for a period between one academic term and one year. A total of seven fellowships are provided each year.

Deadline: 21st Feb 2018

More info

FYI. Call for papers: 4th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference


The 4 th Irish Conference on Narrative Inquiry welcomes papers / posters / performances from across the social sciences and creative disciplines that have a theoretical, methodological and/or creative interest in narrative. The overall theme of the conference this year is on narrating neoliberalism in an Irish context. Local, national and global stories and narratives tell of the impacts of austerity; of the historical silence on institutional sexism, racism, disablism, social class and homophobia; of the fluidity of storytelling and w hat is considered ‘fact’ or ‘fiction’. In this context we invite contributions that address the ‘social role of stories’: the ways they are produced, the ways they are read, the work they perform in the wider social order, how they change, and their role i n the political process (Plummer, 1995). Themes can include:

  • narratives of education
  • gender and narrative
  • narrative s of resistance
  • narratives of health , illness and the body
  • developments in the field of narrative inquiry
  • political storytelling

About the conference:

4th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference: Narrating Neo-Liberalism in an Irish Context

Institute of Technology, Sligo

April 19th / 20th 2018

Keynote Speaker: Professor Brett Smith

Professor Smith is the Head of Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences in the University of Birmingham. His r esearch interests include disability, physical activity, health, and well – being; the development of qualitative research and narrative inquiry. He is the founder and former editor of the international journal ‘Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, & Health’. He has published extensively on narrative inquiry and sits on the editorial boards of many international journals.

Hosted by Institute of Technology, Sligo , the conference is coorganised and supported by Maynooth University and the National University of Ireland Galway. The conference aims to bring together a wide range of Irish and international scholars to show case recent developments in narrative inquiry.

Conference Organisers:

Dr Jacqueline O’ Toole, IT Sligo

Dr Grace O’ Grady, Maynooth University

Dr Anne Byrne, National University of Ireland, Galway

Submission details:

Abstracts for Papers / Performances / Posters ( c300 words) by February 1 st , 2018.

Submit abstracts to : Dr Jacqueline O’Toole: otoole.jacqueline@itsligo.ie

Please ensure you entitle the abstract clearly and provide a short bio. All presentations based on original research must have received relevant ethics approval. Completed contributions and “work in progress” contributions are most welcome.

Full papers and performance to last 20 minutes.

FYI. British Academy Visiting Fellowships (humanities/social science; any career stage)

The British Academy is providing academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage and in any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months. Visiting Fellows will work with colleagues at UK host institutions in order to develop new research collaborations and/or deepen existing partnerships. Awards of up to £33,000 are available.

More information

Deadline: 31 January 2018

FYI. Wellcome Trust research fellowships for health professionals


Wellcome Trust research fellowships enable practising health professionals to carry out humanities or social science research in any area of health. Fellowships are tenable between six months and three years and are usually worth up to £350,000.

Research fellowships must be held at an eligible UK, Republic of Ireland or low- or middle-income country institution. Candidates should have completed general professional training and be a practising health professional with some research experience.

More information

Deadline: 11 Jan 2018

FYI. Sir Henry Dale early-career fellowships in public health


The Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society invite applications for the Sir Henry Dale fellowships. These support postdoctoral researchers who aim to become independent scientists leading their own groups in the field of public health.

Fellowships are tenable for five years and provide a basic salary, a fellowship supplement of £7,500, personal removal expenses, research expenses and an annual contribution of £11,000 towards indirect and estate costs.

Applicants must have a PhD and significant research experience. They must be driving their research and be ready to lead an independent research programme. They must have sponsorship from a head of department or equivalent at an eligible host organisation in the UK who must guarantee the fellow with support to lead their own independent research, space and resources during the award period, and the status and benefits of other academic staff of similar seniority.

Initial application deadline: 4 April 2018

More info: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/sir-henry-dale-fellowships

(with link) FYI. #GivingTuesday: Help BEDA raise $$ today and FB will double your donation

Apologies – here it is again with the link to the donation page.

The Binge Eating Disorder Association does amazing work at raising awareness about this condition, was fundamental in getting BED recognised in the DSM-5 as an eating disorder – despite much kickback that it was just a bunch of fat people looking for excuses. BEDA is also a tireless advocate against weight stigma. They founded Weight Stigma Awareness Week, and have been a major supporter of the Weight Stigma Conference since its inception. And we were lucky to have founder Chevese Underhill Turner as one of our keynotes at WSC5 in Prague this year (where she dragged herself out of her sickbed to share her very moving story).

Any money raised in this campaign ON Tuesday 28th November will be matched by Facebook as part of the #GivingTuesday campaign. Please help them out if you can.

Please use donation link: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2012569412359240/1752350591465021/

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.