CFP: [Gender Studies] NWSA 2009, Atlanta, GA (Abstract Due: 2/9/09; Conf. Dates: Nov. 12-15, 2009.)

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Joelle Ruby Ryan
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CFP: NWSA 2009, Atlanta, GA (Abstract Due: 2/9/09; Conf. Dates: Nov. 12-
15, 2009.)

Beyond Body Image: Teaching Fat Liberation and Fat Acceptance in the
Women’s and Gender Studies Classroom

For this session, I invite individuals to submit abstracts who are
interested in speaking on a panel at the 2009 NWSA Conference in Atlanta
about their experiences teaching Fat Studies in Women’s/Gender/Sexuality
Studies classes. While “Body Image” has long been a key component of many
women’s studies classes, the extent to which these units incorporate Fat
Studies varies considerably. With the continued rise in Fat Studies
scholarship, more and more instructors are infusing Fat Studies into their
courses and curricula. This includes discussions of fat activism, fat
politics, the fat liberation movement, fat bodies in the media, fat
resistance to the medical establishment and the push for fat acceptance.
This panel is a chance for instructors to share the joys, successes,
challenges and difficulties of teaching fat studies, as well as an
opportunity to share concrete resources, strategies and pedagogical tools
for successfully introducing students to some of the tenets of fat studies
and fat activism. While the focus is on Women’s/Gender Studies,
instructors who have taught Fat Studies in other disciplines whose work
translates well to Women’s/Gender studies are also invited to submit.

Possible paper topics may include (but are not limited to):

• Teaching a Fat Studies Unit in Introduction to Women’s/Gender Studies
• Student resistance to Fat Studies curricula, including discussion of
fatness as inherently “unhealthy”
• Teaching about cultural fatphobia, sizeism and weight-based
• Teaching about how and why fat is a feminist issue and a gendered issue
• The professorial fat body and its relation to pedagogy
• Teaching Fat Activism and the history of Fat Acceptance Movements
• Using film, television and other popular media to teach Fat Studies
• Using non-fiction, memoirs, essays, academic articles, novels and print
media to teach about Fat Studies and Fat Politics
• Teaching Fat Studies and Intersectionality: the link between fat
identity and race, gender, class, dis/ability, sexual orientation, age,
and religion

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to Joelle Ruby Ryan
( no later than Monday, February 9, 2009. Please write
NWSA Proposal in the Subject Line. Please include a brief bio, a 100-200
word abstract and the following contact info: Name, Institutional
Affiliation, Address, Phone and Email. This session is sponsored by the
NWSA Fat Studies Interest Group.

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