On the FAT takeover of The Polyphony

I’ve been invited by an editor of The Polyphony to take over the website for a week with FATNESS. The Polyphony is hosted by the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University, and provides a platform to “stimulate, catalyse, provide, expand, and intensify conversations in the critical medical humanities”.

I LOVE the idea of a FAT takeover of this site – forcing conversations about fatness in the medical humanities. There are so many amazing topics we could cover, including the role of white supremacy in shaping anti-fat attitudes, fat stigma as a social determinant of health, how the medical community can ensure to provide fat patients with ethical and evidenced based healthcare, and more!

And I need your help to make it happen.

The plan is to have five authors produce pieces for the takeover; a new article will be published each day. At the start of the takeover, an introductory piece (written by me) will kick off the week.

Rather than shoulder taping the usual suspects, I wanted to invite anyone keen to submit their interest in being part of the takeover. You do not need to be an academic to submit; anyone who enjoys writing is welcome to put their hand up.

What you need to know:

Articles should be between 800-2000 words in length.

Referencing should be in Chicago.

Hyperlinks should ideally be embedded. 

Articles should be accompanied by at least one accredited image (or more, if that feels appropriate to the piece). 

A 1-2 sentence bio, linking to a professional profile, should be included for the author. Please include the author’s Twitter handle, if they have one. 

Articles would be due in mid September; this is a hard deadline as we will have space waiting for us in their schedule for the FAT Takeover.

If you are keen, pls prepare a short abstract for your piece and complete this form. Expressions of interest will be accepted until 1 August 2021; accepted authors will be notified by 5 August at the latest.