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Call for papers: 

PCA/ACA Fat Studies 2020 Call for Papers/Presentations/Panels

Deadline: 11.24.19

 

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 in Philadelphia, PA from April 15-18, 2020 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.

 

The deadline for online submission of presentations is November 1, 2019. Please do not email your abstract to the Fat Studies Area Chair; you must submit your presentation via the PCA/ACA online database. 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.

 

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully registered for the conference.

 

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!

 

 

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2019                Submission Page Goes Live
October 7, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 24, 2019        Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 10, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 5, 2020               Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2020             Presenter Late Registration Deadline at 11:59pm – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Non-presenters and retiree non-presenters registration continues
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.


Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

Area chairs

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