As anyone who has been following this blog can see, I’ve pretty much fallen off the blogging bandwagon and this happened over a year ago. The beginning of December 2015 was when I was kicked from my pain clinic for an opiate-related medication error (I was at an academic conference and accidentally messed up my meds, which showed up in the drug test they do for people on opiates…which is supposed to catch people abusing their meds or selling them, but that’s a whole ‘nother rant that I haven’t brought myself to write). I had a friend die, I had my dissertation chair get a new job with short notice, my sleep doctor found cardiopulmonary problems that are probably related to my birth defect, found out I have a (benign) tumor on my spine, then a teenage family member died, then one of my cats died last week…
In short, the past year has been tumultuous. My depression has been out of control for most of this year. I’ve considered quitting my PhD program repeatedly because of trying to find the right mix of faculty members to be on my committee (I have to have at least four members, two from my department, and the other two can’t be from the same department) as well as my pilot research crashing and burning (and with the current state of affairs in the U.S., finding grant money to make it happen is highly unlikely).
To channel my grief and frustration, I’m currently fostering a four month old puppy former stray who had an abscess removed for the local animal shelter. She’s an absolute sweetheart, but absolutely petrified of everything (except for my cat…she thinks he’s interesting). Even though it feels like almost everything else in my life is melting like a Salvador Dali painting, it feels good taking care of this puppy who will be with us while her stitches heal. She may only be with us for six days, but we’re showing her that people aren’t so bad. Even though fostering has a lot of unknowns, it feels stable and makes me feel like I have value and worth when my brain is telling me otherwise.
Call For Proposals
National Women’s Studies Association 2017
Fat Studies Interest Group
November 16-19th in Baltimore, MD
Papers on any topic at the intersection of women’s studies/ feminism/ womanism/ gender/sexuality and fat studies will be considered. This year’s conference theme is: 40 Years after Combahee: Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.
Your submission should fall under one of the sub-themes for NWSA 2017. Detailed descriptions can be found under the full CFP at: http://www.nwsa.org/Files/2017/CFPFinal2017.pdf)
- Solidarities: Trans-national and local
- Arts and culture: How is social media & visual culture changing how we view, engage & change the world?
- Revisiting intersectionality in theory and practice
- Engaging, confronting and transcending the state
- Sexualities and representations
- Movement building and freedom-making
- Violence, militarism, empire and trauma
While this is an open call, topic suggestions include, but are not limited to:
- Women of Color and Fatness/Body Size
- Transnational Fat Bodies (immigration, globalization)
- Fat Sexualities (including asexuality, hypersexuality, deviant sexualities)
- Fat Activism & Intersectionality
- Fatness & Institutions
- Visual culture, social media, and fat activism
- Fat Masculinities
- Defining and Refining Fat Studies
- Fat Feminist Research Methods (including role of the researcher body)
If you are interested in being a part of the 2017 Fat Studies panels at NWSA, please send the following info by Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to NWSA Fat Studies Interest Group. CC BOTH Co-Chairs Katie Manthey and Candice Casas: (Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com). Please make sure one of us confirms receipt of your submission.
Your submission should include your:
- Name, Institutional Affiliation, Snail Mail, 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
- An abstract of no more than 100 words (NWSA requirement)
- Rationale for A/V equipment, if needed
Each person will speak for around 15 minutes, which will leave time for Q&A. In order to present with your name in the program, you must become a member of NWSA in addition to registering for the conference by the NWSA summer 2017 deadline.
If you submit a fat studies related paper or panel, you can tag it with the keyword ‘fat feminisms,’ and likewise search the program for ‘fat feminisms’ to find relevant panels. If you submit a paper or panel on your own, we encourage you to use this keyword if your paper or panel fits the bill. We thank NWSA for adding a keyword that helps conference attendees locate fat studies panels.
I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump because of health issues, but I want to pass along some Paralympics coverage and commentary (partially because I just lectured to undergrad kinesiology majors about disability sport and physical activity, and partially because I did this for the London 2012 games when this was a baby blog)! I realize this is overdue as they’re over, but it’s something….
Here we go!
Upworthy: “Meet the woman who won the first gold medal in PT2 triathlon Paralympic history”
How Did We Get Into This Mess?: “Sports and Disability”
Rolling Stone (same author as above): “Paralympic Games: Why Playing Sports While Disabled is Always a Radical Act”
Crippled Scholar: Can we talk about that Paralympics ad?
Upworthy: The amazing reason that medals at the Paralympics make a sound when you shake them
I’ve been on an unanticipated hiatus from this blog because of a combination of health stuff (some of which started with leaving my pain clinic), part of my PhD program getting tossed topsy-turvy, and quitting my graduate assistantship. I’m trying to adjust to new health challenges that are likely due to aging with a rare birth defect (which may itself been caused by a genetic disorder, but that’s not solid yet), as well as trying to adjust to a life that has less schedule…that second part is a good thing because I’m actually able to cope with painsomnia a little better (because I’m not stressing about work and class the next day) and better able to deal with my narcolepsy (because if my body forces me asleep, I can address it and move along with my day). I’m also learning how to be productive without the almost daily structure of a work and class schedule.
Despite all that, I’m done with my coursework for my PhD and if I can get some cats herded, I will be back on track with my studies as long as my health doesn’t get worse. I’ve also managed to do a few writing projects, which has been exciting and I can’t wait for them to get published. Hopefully I’ll get more used to this freedom and I’ll be back to blogging more often…I might start by going through my draft posts to start the ball rolling. Also, the Rio Paralympics are coming up and I will at least be posting links to various bits of disability sport stuff!
Take care and thanks for sticking with me!
What chronic pain does to your brain – All In The Mind – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ‘At the moment we have focused our work to two areas in the brain,’ says Dr Sylvia Gustin from Neuroscience Research Australia. ‘One is called the thalamus—the other is the prefrontal cortex.’ Described as the ‘border […]