PCA/ACA

Fat Studies

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Call for papers: 

PCA/ACA Fat Studies 2021 Call for Papers/Presentations/Panels

 

Fat Studies is 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. Fat Studies uses body size as the starting point for a wide-ranging theorization and explication of how societies and cultures, past and present, have conceptualized all bodies and the political/cultural meanings ascribed to every body. Fat Studies reminds us that all bodies are inscribed with the fears and hopes of the particular culture they reside in, and these emotions often are mislabeled as objective “facts” of health and biology. More importantly, perhaps, Fat Studies insists on the recognition that fat identity can be as fundamental and world-shaping as other identity constructs analyzed within the academy and represented in media.  

 

Please join other Fat Studies scholars  from June 2-5, 2021 for the PCA/ACA National Conference. Presenters must become members of the Popular Culture Association. Find more information on the conference and organization at https://pcaaca.org/conference.

 

 Please do not email your abstract to the Fat Studies Area Chair; you must submit your presentation via the PCA/ACA website. You can find instructions here: http://pcaaca.org. For individual papers, please submit a title and 100-word abstract. For themed paper sessions, each presenter must enter their own presentation, and the session chair should contact Lesleigh Owen (lesleigh.owen@bhsu.edu) to assemble them into a panel. Please also contact Lesleigh for help in submitting roundtable discussions.

 

Fat Studies is amenable to papers and performances from academics, researchers, intellectuals, activists, and artists, in any field of study, and at any stage in their career.

 

All submissions are welcome, but please ensure your proposal fits within the academic and political scopes of Fat Studies. Please also be mindful that Fat Studies is a political project and not merely an umbrella term for all discussions of larger bodies. Additionally, submitters should rethink using words like “obesity” and “overweight” in their presentations unless they are used ironically, within quotes, or accompanied by a political analysis.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the PCA/ACA Fat Studies Chair, Lesleigh Owen (lesleigh.owen@bhsu.edu).

 

Please feel free to circulate this CFP and invite colleagues. Thank you and see you there!

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines

13-Aug-20 Submission Page Goes Live
28-Feb-28 Deadline for Proposals
10-Apr-21 Presenter Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program
11-Apr-21 Non-presenter Registration Continues Through the Conference
15-Apr-21 Preliminary Schedule Available

June 2-5, 2021 

Virtual Conference

 

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.  

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2021. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area chairs

Lesleigh Owen