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

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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)

Refs:

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

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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).

FYI. CFP 3/3. Special issue of Fat Studies: Fat and fat studies in higher education

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Call for proposals. Special issue of Fat Studies: 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. 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.

2020 Weight Stigma Conference cancelled

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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