CFP – Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Intersections

Special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Intersections, guest edited by Cat Pausé, PhD

This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society will engage with the issue of intersectionality.  As an interdisciplinary field, Fat Studies represents an intersection for many academics: a blending of the home discipline with the theoretical and methodological frameworks of Fat Studies. This intersection provides richness, but also possible tension.

The concept of intersectionality usually refers to the study of the interaction, or intersection, of multiple systems of oppression and/or discrimination.  From Kimberelé Crenshaw’s first theoretical use to Flavia Dzodan’s more recent declaration – the issue of intersectionality is acknowledged within feminist circles as an important tenant of scholarship, pedagogy, and activism. The recognition of intersectionality within Fat Studies is especially poignant, as fatness interacts with gender, class, race, orientation, etc in both overt and covert manners.

This special issue invites papers that address the concept of intersectionality. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

•             Intersections between Fat Studies and other academic disciplines

•             Intersectional analysis of issues related to fat, fat identity, and fat embodiment

•             Fat activism as intersection

•             Useful methodologies for intersectionality in Fat Studies scholarship

•             Theoretical frameworks related to Fat Studies intersectionality and interdisciplinary work

•             Critical reflections on intersectionality within Fat Studies

To submit a proposal for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, please send a 250-500 word summary of your article as well as a current CV to Cat Pausé, at by May 1, 2013. Scholarly work from those outside of academia is welcome. Any questions about the special issue can be directed to this email address as well.

Final submissions should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words, including all notes and references.  Full manuscripts will be required in August, 2013. 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.