Fat Studies in Wellington and Oakland calls for papers

Calls for papers have just been announced for two Fat Studies gatherings that are taking place this year.

Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections
Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
12-13 July 2012

This conference is being organised by Cat Pausé and Samantha Murray is delivering the keynote.

Key areas of interest for abstract submissions include, but are not limited to:
  • Intersections between Fat Studies and other academic disciplines
  • Interdisciplinary work on fat, fat identity, and fat embodiment
  • Fat activism as intersection
  • Useful methodologies for intersectionality in Fat Studies teaching and research
  • Theoretical frameworks related to Fat Studies intersectionality and interdisciplinary work
  • Critical reflections on intersectionality within Fat Studies
The abstract submission deadline is 31 March.

More information: Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections

Fat Studies Interest Group
The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)
Oakland, California, USA
8-11 November

Papers on any topic at the intersection of women's studies/feminism/womanism/gender/sexuality and fat studies will be considered.

At minimum, your submission should fall under one of the following themes for NWSA 2012:
  • Revolutionary Futures
  • Traveling Theory
  • Social Networks, Power, and Change
  • Decolonising Knowledge
  • Creative Awakenings
While this is an open call, topic suggestions from last year's meeting include:

Fat intersections (including race, nationality, disability, sexuality, appearance/beauty)
Fatopias/Fat utopias
Transnational fat bodies (immigration, globalisation)
Teaching Fat Studies (professorial bodies, student bodies, resistance)
Fat feminist research methods (including role of the researcher body)
Fat feminists theorising the body
Fat performance/performing fatness/fat icons
Fat activism and feminism/Fatosphere

13 February is the submission deadline. Send the following to Michaela A. Null and Candice Buss.
  • Name, institutional affiliation, address, email, phone
  • NWSA Theme your paper fits under (and fat studies topic area/s if yours fits any of the above)
  • Title for your talk, a one-page, double-spaced abstract in which you lay out your topic and its relevance to this session
  • AND a 100 word truncated abstract
Papers should last 15 minutes, and there will be questions afterwards.

NB. In order to present you need to register for the conference and be a member of the NWSA - it all costs money, baby!