Call For Papers – Special Issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Fat Oppression

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 ( or Jeannine Gailey ( 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.

See The Fattitude Movie Premiere in New York and California!


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Have you been waiting to see Fattitude the Movie?!?

Tickets are available NOW for NY and CA Premieres!

Brooklyn, NY Premiere

BEDA Fattitude Premiere

Sponsored by and benefiting BEDA (Binge Eating Disorder Association)

Brooklyn, NY – November 02, 2017 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM – $30 per person

United Artists Court Street 12 & RPX, 106 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


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Los Angeles Premiere



Screening at the LA Femme International Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA – October 21, 2017 – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – $10 per person
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Call for Papers: Visual Fat Studies

Attention Fattitude Fans: Call for Papers – Visual Fat Studies

FKW // Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur

No. 62, Spring 2017, Submission deadline: October 20, 2016

In 2030, almost half of all Europeans will be fat — according to the striking yet simplistic forecast issued by the WHO at the 2015 European Congress on Obesity in Prague. For some time, the message has spread in the Global North that obesity, adiposity, overweight, etc. threaten to deform the healthy (i.e., slim) nation’s body like a contagious virus. Read More

Fattitude’s Viri needs Your Help…

About 7 years ago I got my hands on a road bike thanks to a friend who introduced me to this wondrous vessel as the best way to see the world. I had just gotten to Florida to start grad school and riding up and down the coast became my escape, my inspiration and my training grounds to admire what my body was capable of. I’ve always had a bigger body on my bike then the Tour de Francer’s whizzing by, but that didn’t take anything away from my riding experience. I still reach break spots to say hi and I still complete my 30, 40, 60 and more, mile goals. Read More

A Letter from Fattitude’s New Intern!

Madison A. Krall Bio ImageHello, friends! My name is Madison A. Krall, and I am the newest Fattitude media research blogger and intern! I believe it is my responsibility to write not only blog articles relevant to your individual lives, but also pieces that speak to greater issues impacting our world today. My personal ideologies align with the strides #fattitude continues to make in speaking out against the last accepted prejudice of weight bias, and I revel in the thought of connecting with all of you as we work to love ourselves, no matter our shapes or sizes.

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Open Casting Call: Don’t Talk To Irene


Greetings Fattitude Fans!

We were asked to share an open casting call for a brand new feature film by writer/director Pat Mills, “Don’t Talk to Irene”.

It’s a body positive story (dark comedy meets teen dance movie) that should be a lot of fun!

The filmmakers are currently seeking their lead actress – could it be you or someone you know?

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Check out Today’s events for Weight Stigma Awareness Week

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Announcement CALL FOR PAPERS: In Our Skin: Our Bodies, Our Stories

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Demeter Press
is seeking submissions for the edited collection entitled
In Our Skin: Our Bodies, Our Stories
Editors: Jill Andrew & May Friedman
Deadline for Abstracts: November 15, 2015
We seek submissions – body stories– from women (trans-inclusive) who self-identify as fat, curvy, voluptuous, plus size, etc. We encourage those submitting to reflect, document and analyze relationships with their bodies in conversation with or informed by the many social locations we all occupy (i.e. gender, disability, race, class, sex, sexuality, disability, religion, geography, age etc.) as well as our multiple roles and performances we embody (family members, mothers, workers, students, consumers etc.)
We are interested in learning about women’s body experiences which includes our ways of navigating in, through and with institutions that have historically discredited certain bodies based on body weight, shape and size among other intersectional embodiments of so-called rebellion (i.e. race, disability, class, gender etc.). Outside of individual stories about our bodies and experience(s), we are also interested in submissions that critique socio-culturally normalized body ideals and the systems/economies (i.e. diet industry, media, family & ancestry, food politics, healthcare, social services, housing, transportation etc.) that uphold these ideals while proposing newer ways of being and living in our bodies, “talking back” and transforming spaces. We invite academic, non-academic, accessible, community-based, narrative and creative submissions from women of diverse disciplines and life philosophies to submit.
Topics may include (but are not limited):

Our bodies in relation to sites of learning (i.e. school, popular culture, politics, social media, technology, environment, geography, fa(t)shion, anti-fashion movements, countercultures etc.); personal stories of coming into/out of knowing our bodies; women, friendships & our bodies; our bodies as mothers; lovers & our bodies; desirability; critiques of body regulation practices (i.e. surgeries, excessive exercise, to waist-training etc.); globalization and our bodies; fat archetypes “good” and “bad” fat; critiques of body acceptance and fat activist movements; commentaries/examples of our fat activisms, ally activisms; futurisms and reimagining our bodies; functions of fat phobia; unpacking “beautiful”; the beauty of ugly; fat sheroes and superpowers; neoliberalism and fat body politics; memories our bodies hold; our bodies in/through space and/or time; fatness and representation including transgressive representations; fat bodies and access/in access to services; our families and our bodies; our bodies & health care; fat biopolitics; historicizing our bodies, and our body as archive.
Submission Guidelines:
Abstract/Proposal (150-300 words) with a 50-word biography due: November 15, 2015
Acceptance notices will be made by: January 15, 2016
Completed chapters (15-18 pages double-spaced with references in MLA format) and creative submissions (length/format discussed with editors upon notice of acceptance) due: April 15, 2016
Please send inquiries and abstracts to the editors at
140 Holland St. West, PO. Box 13022 Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 (tel) 905-775-5215