Deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2010
Submit short proposal and brief bio to Area Chair, Elena Levy-Navarro, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fat Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is soliciting proposals for its joint annual conference. We seek proposals for papers, roundtables, or forms of artistic expression that forward a fat-affirmative agenda. Critical discussions of fat, thin, and body size are welcome, especially those that either consider or counter phobic constructions of the presentday. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
cross-cultural or cross-historical consideration of fat, thin, and/or body size;
considerations of alternate or parodic understandings of fat, especially those that subvert, challenge, or simply ignore a dominant western understanding of obesity
considerations of the operations of power that circulate around the thin body (i.e. thin privilege);
considerations of how material circumstances create and stigmatize fat and/or obese bodies; imaginings of alternative material circumstances that would create a very different understanding of the body;
considerations of various types of fatphobia, including those in academia;
considerations of diet discourse, diet industry, and the compulsion it demands of bodies;
considerations of health/disease and beauty/ugliness in relationship to body size;
considerations of how concepts of body size intersect with race, ethnicity, ability, sex, gender, class, and/or ability.
Send a brief proposal (100 words) and a brief bio (a paragraph) no later than April 30, 2010 to Elena Levy-Navarro at email@example.com.
For more information on the conference, please go to http://www.mpcaaca.org/conference/.
Program in English
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190
(262) 472-5047 (tel.)
(262) 472-1037 (fax) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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