CFP: [General] PCA/ACA Fat Studies Area National Conference

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Julia McCrossin
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2009 PCA/ACA
Fat Studies
Call for Papers

Fat Studies is becoming 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 fat bodies as the starting part 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.
Proposals in the area of Fat Studies are being accepted for the 2009
PCA /ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association)
National Conference in New Orleans, LA (April 8-11, 2009; New Orleans
Marriott). We welcome papers and performances from academics,
researchers, intellectuals, activists, and artists, in any field of
study, and at any stage in their career.

Topics may include but are not limited to
representations of fat people in literature, film, music, nonfiction, and
the visual arts
cross-cultural or global constructions of fatness and fat bodies
cultural, historical, or philosophical meanings of fat and fat bodies
portrayals of fat individuals and groups in news, media, magazines
fatness as a social or political identity
fat acceptance, activism, and/or pride movements and tactics
approaches to fat and body image in philosophy, psychology, religion,
fat children in literature, media, and/or pedagogy
fat as it intersects with race, ethnicity, class, religion, ability,
gender, and/or sexuality
history and/or critique of diet books and scams
functions of fatphobia or fat oppression in economic and political systems

By November 30, 2008, please send an abstract of 100 - 250 words or a
completed paper to Fat Studies Area Co-chairs, Julia McCrossin
( and Lesleigh Owen (

Please include your complete contact information and a CV and/or 50 word
bio, along with anticipated A/V needs. All submissions are welcome, but
please use the information above to ensure your paper 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 for all
discussions of larger bodies. Also, we encourage submitters to rethink
using words like “obesity” and “overweight” in their presentations unless
they are used ironically, within quotes, or accompanied by a political

Presenters must become members of the Popular Culture Association. Find
more information on the conference and organization at

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