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NWSA 2017 Fat Studies Call for Papers

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.manthey@salem.edu and cdbuss@uncg.edu). 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.


Academic nerdity

Since life lately has meant I’m either horrifically busy or sick, I’m going to post random things that are catching my interest so y’all know I’m still here 🙂 Today it’s journal article abstracts & links for things that are making me think or are things that others might be interested in. Unless otherwise noted, most of these are behind paywalls (but check out places like Academia.edu because some people will upload their papers there).

Renovating Body & Space

Sleeping around, with, and through time: An autoethnographic rendering of a good night’s slumber

‘Must I seize every opportunity?’ Complicity, confrontation, and the problem of researching (anti-) fatness

Using a smartphone app in qualitative research: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Leveraging the London 2012 Paralympic Games: What legacy for disabled people?

What’s in a word? On weight stigma and terminology (open access)

Stories of methodology: Interviewing sideways, crooked and crip (open access)