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 (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.

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