May 13, 2011 deadline; Submissions for Fat Studies Area in MPCA Annual Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Elena levy-Navarro, Area Chair of Fat Studies MPCA
contact email: 

The Fat Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association solicits proposals of either full panels, roundtables, individual papers, or forms of artistic expression for its annual conference. Critical discussions of fat, thin, and body size are welcome, especially those that either consider or counter phobic constructions of the present-day.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
• cross-cultural or cross-historical consideration of fat, thin, and/or body size;
• considerations of alternate or parodic understandings of fat, especially those that subvert, challenge, or simply ignore a dominant western understanding of obesity
• considerations of the operations of power that circulate around the thin body (i.e. thin privilege);
• considerations of how material circumstances create and stigmatize "fat" and/or "obese" bodies; imaginings of alternative material circumstances that would create a very different understanding of the body;
• considerations of various types of fatphobia, including those in academia;
• considerations of diet discourse, diet industry, and the compulsion it demands of bodies;
• considerations of health/disease and beauty/ugliness in
relationship to body size;
• considerations of how concepts of body size intersect with
race, ethnicity, ability, sex, gender, class, and/or ability.
Fat Studies Area, Midwest Popular Culture Association
Annual Conference to be held October 14-16, 2011 in
Milwaukee, WI
Proposals and short bios due May 13, 2011 to
Elena Levy-Navarro at

For more information on the organization and the conference, please go to