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.


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

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

Fattitude Needs Writers and Guest Bloggers!

TypicDo you have something to say about living a fat life or do you want to tell us about your body positive journey! We are so into that – Below you will find a list of our columns that are open to new writers and guest bloggers. If you would like to join our team as either a regular writer or a one time guest blogger send us a message on facebook – noting what you would like to write about and what coulmn you think your voice would be perfect for!

Body Positive Journey:
This column allows someone to either tell a particular experience of their body positive journey or a “coming out” as fat-accepting or something similar. This column is always a 1st person essay about a the uniquely personal journey that is body acceptance.

Body Positive Politics:
This column talks weight stigma, intersectional oppression, civil rights issues – travel, doctors etc. this can be either journalistic essay or 1st person essay. But no matter what the focus here is on identifying injustice and working to change that injustice.

The F@ Word: This is a personal essay about living a fat life – and having fat experiences. This can be about clothes, shopping, parenting, relationships, cooking – it doesn’t really matter the topic of the essay as long as it is seen through the lens of one’s fatness or perceived fatness.

Fat Fitness
This is a column that either features a fat athlete that’s famous or a personal essay about an experience with fat fitness.

If you want to review the kinds of posts that fit these categories be sure to click around the Fattitude website and blog. All posts are under 1000 words and reoccur weekly!