Call for Papers
International Handbook of Fat Studies
Cat Pausé and Katie LeBesco are editing the International Handbook of Fat Studies for Routledge; publication intended for 2019. At this time, the editors are inviting those interested in contributing a chapter to the handbook to submit an abstract and outline of proposed chapter for consideration. People of colour, activists, and those from outside of the United States are especially encouraged to submit.
Fat Studies is a post-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 theorises how society conceptualises and pathologises fat bodies. Fat Studies scholars identify and discuss mainstream and alternative discourses on fatness, analyse size as a social justice issue at the intersection of oppression, and critically appraise size oppression as it is manifested in various societal institutions (medicine, media, education, etc).
Handbooks are not intended as a textbook, but as a single-volume reference work aimed at academics and postgraduates working in areas related to fat studies generally. Each essay in the Handbook is effectively a “position paper,” a state-of-the-art overview of a branch of the subject. This being the case, each essay is expected to
• Provide a substantial review of the main ideas and debates in the subject through a review of the literature, outlining the historical development of ideas in the field
• Assess the main methodologies/paradigms in the field today, outline the main questions which the subject has sought or seeks to address, describe the current research agendas, analyze how the subject does or does not draw on related disciplines (or practices/professions if appropriate), and how it has or can explore key concerns (ethical, epistemological, etc)
• Outline the likely future of the field, possible developments, new research directions
Chapter proposals should include an abstract and an outline for the proposed chapter; these are due by 5 August, 2017. Invitations to produce a full chapter will be sent to authors in August, with full chapters due in early December, 2017. Each chapter will 7000-7500 words (including notes and references). Files should be named with the author’s surname followed by _fshb (Jones_fshb). Please include contact information in the body of the email, and ensure your submission includes the title of your chapter, an abstract, outline for the chapter, and a short bio for the author(s).
Questions, concerns, and submissions should be sent to Cat firstname.lastname@example.org