Proposals in the area of Fat Studies are being accepted for the 2008 PCA /ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association) National Conference in San Francisco, CA (March 19-22 2008; San Francisco Marriott). We welcome papers and performances from academics, researchers, intellectuals, activists, and artists, in any field of study, and at any stage in their career.
Fat Studies is becoming an interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of fatness and the fat body; explores fat bodies as they live in, are shaped by, and remake the world; and creates paradigms for the development of fat acceptance or celebration within mass culture.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
representations of fat people in literature, film, music, nonfiction, and the visual arts
cross-cultural or global constructions of fatness and fat bodies
cultural, historical, or philosophical meanings of fat and fat bodies
portrayals of fat individuals and groups in news, media, magazines
fatness as a social or political identity
fat acceptance, activism, and/or pride movements and tactics
approaches to fat and body image in philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology
fat children in literature, media, and/or pedagogy
fat as it intersects with race, ethnicity, class, religion, ability, gender, and/or sexuality
history and/or critique of diet books and scams
functions of fatphobia or fat oppression in economic and political systems
By November 9, 2007, please send an abstract of 100 - 250 words or a completed paper to Fat Studies area co-chairs, Julia McCrossin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lesleigh Owen (email@example.com).
Please include your complete contact information, and a CV and/or 50 word bio, along with anticipated A/V needs.
Presenters must become members of the Popular Culture Association. Find more information on the conference and organization at http://www.pcaaca.org/conference/ 2008/index.php
Lesleigh Owen, PhD Candidate
University of California, Santa Cruz
P.O. Box 61071
Pasadena, CA 91116
Graduate Teaching Assistant
The George Washington University
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
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