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Weight Stigma Conference 2020: Call for abstracts

8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, 22-23 June, 2020, Auckland, New Zealand

Call for abstracts:

The Annual International 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.

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). The two-day interdisciplinary programme 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.

For more information about the conference and to submit an abstract, please visit: stigmaconference.com.

Submission deadlines: Session proposals Monday 3rd February; Oral presentations Monday 17th February; Posters will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

FYI. NSF Social Psychology Program Director Job Opportunity


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently recruiting a rotating Program Director for the Social Psychology Program.  The formal announcement is posted on the USAJobs website at:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/555014800

Rotating Program Directors at NSF typically serve for one or two years, managing a disciplinary program in their areas of expertise.  The Social Psychology Program is supported by two Program Directors.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR current NSF employees) who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.
Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds. NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

Salary: $142,443 to $182,627 per year

Deadline: 20 Jan 2020

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FYI. Fat Studies Conference, New Zealand: Call for submissions

We are so excited to be holding the 8th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in June 2020. We’ve chosen this location to coincide with the third Fat Studies Conference, hosted by Dr Cat Pausé at Massey University in Auckland. So two conferences and one holiday of a lifetime!

Call for papers for FSC is now out. See below. Call for papers for the WSC will go out in January.


Venue: Massey University, Auckland New Zealand

Date: 18-19 June, 2020

Abstract submission deadline: 15 Feb 2020

Early bird registration closes: 1 April 2020

Contact: Cat Pausé, PhD  c.pause@massey.ac.nz

We are pleased to invite papers for possible inclusion in the upcoming Fat Studies: Past, Present, Futures. This conference will provide for academics and activists to consider our fat pasts, our fat present, and our fat futures. We welcome papers and performances from academics, researchers, intellectuals, scholars, activists, and artists, in any field of study, and at any stage in their career.

Our keynotes are Professor Esther Rothblum and the founder of The Body is Not an Apology, Sonya Renee Taylor; and we expect contributors from around the world. Community events will take place the night before FSNZ20 and the closing night of FSNZ20. We encourage all attendees to plan to attend both community events (Wed, Fri), and the conference dinner (Thurs).

Fat Studies is a post-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of “fatness” and “the fat body”; explores fat bodies as they live in, are shaped by, and remake the world; and theorises how society conceptualises and pathologises fat bodies. Fat Studies scholars identify and discuss mainstream and alternative discourses on fatness, analyse size as a social justice issue at the intersection of oppression, and critically appraise size oppression as it is manifested in various societal institutions (medicine, media, education, etc).

All submissions are welcome, but please ensure your proposal fits within the academic framework of Fat Studies. Please also be mindful that Fat Studies is an academic discipline and not merely an umbrella term for all discussions of fat bodies. Additionally, we encourage submitters to rethink using words like “obesity” and “overweight” in their presentations unless they are used ironically, within quotes, or accompanied by a political analysis.

In your submission, please include the title of your paper/presentation, an abstract, a short bio, a photo, and a Twitter/Instagram hashtag if appropriate. Topics may include, but are not limited to

  • Fat Indigeneity
  • Queering fat
  • Fat histories
  • Disrupting fatness
  • Living fat
  • Biopolitics of fatness
  • Cross-cultural or global constructions of fatness and fat bodies
  • Geography and lived experience of fatness and fat bodies
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the construction, pathologisation, and/or representations, of fatness
  • Fat futures

Abstracts should be submitted as an attachment to fsnz20@massey.ac.nz. Files should be named with the author’s surname followed by _fs2020 (Jones_fs2020). Please include contact information in the body of the email, and ensure your submission includes the title of your paper/presentation, an abstract, a short bio, a photo, and a Twitter/Instagram hashtag if appropriate. The abstracts of all work presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings. All presentations will be live streamed for the online audience, and will be available on demand for one year.

Activists and students are especially welcome to submit.

Informal enquiries concerning papers and topics are welcome before the deadline.

FYI. New book on stigma – Call for chapter abstract submissions


Routledge / Taylor & Francis is working with Alicia Nordstrom, Ph.D. and Wind Goodfriend, Ph.D. to create a new edited volume tentatively titled “Innovative Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Programs.” We are seeking abstract submissions from potential author contributors.

The purpose of the book is to summarize evidence-based, innovative anti-stigma programs. Importantly, the audience of potential readers is both an academic audience and a general audience of people who may implement the programs across a variety of fields (e.g., in the workplace, in schools, in communities). Thus, the language and tone of chapters will be conversational and accessible to all audiences.

We hope to include chapters that vary in (1) form of stigma (e.g., race, disability, sexual orientation, body size, SES, mental health, physical health, religion, and more) and (2) form or type of intervention (e.g., experiential, cognitive, direct contact, narrative, video or media-based).  We strongly encourage contributors from around the world to bring multicultural perspectives to this topic.

Interventions included in the book may or may not have been published in other outlets before. So, authors who have already published their intervention research in peer-reviewed journals may still contribute to this volume (but should cite that article). The book’s emphasis is both academic and practical. Chapters will follow this general structure:

  • Introduction (1-2 paragraphs), followed by headers/sections including (1) “Theoretical background” [specific to your form of stigma and form of intervention], (2) “Our intervention” [describe your intervention in detail, like a “how to” guide], (3) “Evidence it works and limitations” [present research results on effectiveness as well as potential intervention barriers], and (4) “References/List of further readings.”

Contributors will not be paid for their chapter, but each author or author team will receive one free copy of the final book (one free copy per chapter).

Authors interested in contributing to the volume should submit an abstract (approximately 500 words plus relevant references). Abstract submissions are due by January 1, 2020. Authors will be notified whether their chapter has been accepted for the book by January 31, with first drafts due by May 1, 2020. Chapters will be between 3500-5500 words long. Approximately 15 chapters will be included in the book.

Please send your abstracts or questions to both Dr. Alicia Nordstrom (anordstrom@misericordia.edu) and to Dr. Wind Goodfriend (goodfriend@bvu.edu).

FYI. ESRC New Investigator Grants


ESRC New Investigator Grants

We are pleased to invite proposals for our New Investigator Grants. New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace our Future Research Leaders scheme.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.

The call will operate alongside ESRC’s Research Grants open call and you can submit proposals at any time – there are no fixed closing dates. We aim to announce the majority of decisions within 26 weeks of receiving the proposal although we cannot guarantee this, since it is dependent on receiving sufficient good quality peer review comments within the necessary timescale.

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FYI. BSA 2020 – Reimagining Social Bodies: Self, Institutions and Societies


British Sociological Association 2020 Annual Conference

Reimagining Social Bodies: Self, Institutions and Societies
21–23 April 2020

Aston University, Birmingham, UK

The theme for the 2020 Annual Conference is – Reimagining Social Bodies: Self, Institutions and Societies.  The conference will take place at Aston University, Birmingham from 21–23 April 2020.

We are delighted to announce our confirmed Plenary Speakers are:

  • Susan Halford, University of Bristol (BSA President)
  • Monica G Moreno Figueroa, University of Cambridge
  • Austerity Panel: Sylvia Walby, City University of London (Chair); Akwugo Emejulu, University of Warwick; Kayleigh Garthwaite, University of Birmingham; Guy Standing, SOAS University of London; Wanda Wyporska, The Equality Trust

The body has an interesting and contested role in sociological thinking and research. At times it has been seen as irrelevant to understanding key issues of structure and social positioning; while at other times framed as central to thinking about dynamics of interaction, identity formation and practices of regulation and control. In contrast, in contemporary examinations of the body a core agenda is to bring together questions of the everyday, with understanding key societal issues around how citizenship, entitlement, boundaries, marginalisation and exclusion operate. Therefore, ‘the body’ is currently examined in a multitude of ways and is itself pluralised to engage with the importance of thinking about varied types and understandings of what constitutes and distinguishes diverse bodies. Bodies are being explored in order to think about many aspects of the impact of inequalities, institutions, cultural practices, social values and norms, and discriminatory dynamics on individuals and groups.

Contemporary explorations of bodies generate a broad range of potential thematic questions for the conference in 2020. These include, but are not restricted to: What role are bodies playing in current disputes over who is a citizen in different global locations and who has the right to cross state boundaries? Does the concept of the ‘social body’ retain validity in contexts of fragmented identities and fractured ties to the state? Looking at issues such as disability and age, how important are bodies as vehicles for citizenship rights and welfare entitlement? What do contemporary disputes over gender and the body say about the intersection of medical, scientific and political classifications in establishing legitimate bodies’? In what ways do bodies play into intersectional dynamics of inequality and marginalisation? How important are bodies in understanding some of the costs of long-term austerity?

The BSA Annual Conference is the primary annual conference for sociology in the UK with opportunities for everyone connected to the discipline.

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FYI. CFP: Special Issue of Fat Studies on Public Health and Healthism


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

Fatness has been and still is seen as a major Public Health problem on a global scale – an understanding that contributes much to the discrimination and social exclusion of fat people and has led to a plethora of Public Health campaigns, programs and government measures to change people’s lifestyles and reduce the weight of populations. Simultaneously, a part of the Public Health community stresses the harmful effects of fat stigma, recognizing it as an independent health threat and proposes a focus on fitness rather than on weight loss.

While the community disputes the right strategy to better public health, others have pointed to the pervasiveness and normativity of health as a modern ideal. At a time when the boundaries of health become increasingly blurred, being healthy and constantly seeking health  and wellbeing is regarded as a prime ability of citizenship. Therefore, healthism does not only encourage moral evaluations of bodily self-conduct and legitimize interventions into fat people’s bodies and lives. It also forms a normative ideal that seems ineluctable in fat-positive communities as well. Who would not want to be healthy, not only with regard to citizenship recognition but also with regard to individual wellbeing and the absence of pain and ailment?

This special issue of Fat Studies on Public Health and Healthism seeks to discuss the conundrum of health and offer an interdisciplinary look at the nexus of health and fatness in Public Health discourses and practices, with a particular focus on the consequences of healthism for fat people and possible responses to it

Proposed topics might include, but are not limited to:

–    Historical and contemporary practices of evaluating health and fatness

–    Health Care bias and lacking access to health care for fat people

–    “Globesity” and the effect of healthism on development policies and making a global order

–    Negative health effects of fat stigma

–    Alternatives to the current treatment of fat bodies by the Public Health community

–    Health at Every Size, and definitions and practices of health that do not focus on weight-loss

–    Realignment of the right to health and the right to fatness

–    Critiques of health as a normative ideal

Guest Editors:

Friedrich Schorb, University of Bremen, Germany, schorb@uni-bremen.de

Nina Mackert, University of Leipzig, Germany, nina.mackert@uni-leipzig.de

with the Scientific Network (DFG) “Fat Studies: Doing, Becoming and Being Fat.”


To be included in this special issue, please send a 300-400 word proposal and a current CV to both guest editors by February 1, 2020. Any questions should be emailed to the guest editors.

Contributors will be notified of the status of their proposal by March 1, 2020. Full manuscripts, including all notes and references, should be between 3,000 and 5,500 words and will be due by July 1, 2020. If you wish to include reproductions of visual images with your article, please provide documentation of permission to do so from the artists/copyright holders of the image(s). All authors will need to sign a form that transfers copyright of their article to the publisher, Taylor & Francis / Routledge.

Fat Studies is the first academic journal in the field of scholarship that critically examines theory, research, practices, and programs related to body weight and appearance. Content includes original research and overviews exploring the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Articles critically examine representations of fat in health and medical sciences, the Health at Every Size model, the pharmaceutical industry, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, legal issues, literature, pedagogy, art, theater, popular culture, media studies, and activism.

Fat Studies is an interdisciplinary, international field of scholarship that critically examines societal attitudes and practices about body weight and appearance. Fat Studies advocates equality for all people regardless of body size. It explores the way fat people are oppressed, the reasons why, who benefits from that oppression and how to liberate fat people from oppression. Fat Studies seeks to challenge and remove the negative associations that society has about fat and the fat body. It regards weight, like height, as a human characteristic that varies widely across any population. Fat Studies is similar to academic disciplines that focus on race, ethnicity, gender, or age.

FYI. UK-based funding: Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind


A new cross-council partnership between the MRC, AHRC, and ESRC to support in multidisciplinary research and innovation in Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind.

Funded by £1.6m call for engagement awards to support the formation of new collaborations, pilot funding for novel multidisciplinary research or methods development, and kick start knowledge exchange between researchers, stakeholders, policy makers, young people and those with lived experience of mental health problems.: More info

Deadline: 4pm, 17 Dec 2019

Facilitated workshops in London on 22nd November available for interested research communities and stakeholders: More info

Deadline for expression of interest to attend: 4pm, 31 Oct 2019

FYI. New UK–Canada doctoral exchange scheme


UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme

This new scheme from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI – previously Research Councils) and Mitacs will allow up to 200 doctoral candidates from the UK, and a similar number from Canada, to take a 12-week research placement. The scheme will cover  travel, living and research costs. The scheme is open to UKRI-funded and Canadian doctoral students in all academic fields.

More info (UK doctoral students)

More info (Canadian doctoral students)

Deadline: 19 December 2019

FYI. ERC Consolidator Grants

FYI. Note: Can include researchers in any location (although PI must be Europe-based or associated).

European Research Council call for Consolidator Grants expected to open 24th October, 2019. For researchers of any nationality 7-12 yrs post-PhD. Any field of research eligible.

Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to € 2 million for a period of 5 years (pro rata for projects of shorter duration). However, an additional € 1 million can be made available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for researchers moving from a third country to the EU or an associated country and/or the purchase of major equipment and/or access to large facilities and/or other major experimental and field work costs.

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