Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Call for Papers: National Women's Studies Association 2013

Here is the NWSA Fat Studies CFP for 2013. Please feel free to pass on!

NWSA 2013 Fat Studies Interest Group Call for Papers
November 7-10, 2013, Cincinnati, OH.
Papers on any topic at the intersection of women's studies/ feminism/ womanism/ gender/ sexuality and fat studies will be considered.

At minimum, your submission should fall under one of the following themes for NWSA 2013:
  • The Sacred and the Profane
  • Borders and Margins
  • Futures of the Feminist Past
  • Body Politics
  • Practices of Effecting Change
For more information on the themes, visit:

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While this is an open call, topic suggestions from last year's meeting include:
  • Defining and Refining Fat Studies
  • Fatness and Beauty Ideals/Beauty Privilege
  • Women of Color and Body Size/Fatness
  • Fat Intersections (including race, nationality, disability, sexuality, appearance/beauty)
  • Teaching Fat Studies (professorial bodies, student bodies, resistance)
  • Fat Feminist Research Methods (including role of the researcher body)
  • Fat Feminists Theorizing the Body
  • Fatopias/Fat Utopias
  • Transnational Fat Bodies (immigration, globalization)
  • Knowledge-sharing/de-colonizing
  • Fat Performance/Performing Fatness/Fat Icons
  • Fat Activism & Feminism/Fatosphere

If you are interested in being a part of the 2013 Fat Studies panels at NWSA, please send the following info by February 13, 2013 to NWSA Fat Studies Interest Group Co-Chairs Michaela A. Nowell and Candice Buss: ( and Please make sure one of us confirms receipt of your submission.

Your submission should include your:
*Name, Institutional Affiliation, Snail Mail, Email, Phone.
*NWSA Theme your paper fits under (and fat studies topic area/s if yours fits any of the above).
*Title for your talk, a one-page, double-spaced abstract in which you lay out your topic and its relevance to this session.
*AND a 100 word truncated abstract (NWSA requirement).

Each person will speak for around 15 minutes, and we will leave time for Q&A. In order to present with your name in the program, you must become a member of NWSA in addition to registering for the conference.
If you submit a fat studies related paper or panel, you can tag it with the keyword 'fat feminisms,' and likewise search the program for 'fat feminisms' to find relevant panels. If you submit a paper or panel on your own, we encourage you to use this keyword if your paper or panel fits the bill. We thank NWSA for adding a keyword that helps conference attendees locate fat studies panels.


  1. Are they still accepting submissions?

    1. The submission deadline has passed unfortunately, but please keep an eye out for next year's CFP (usually goes out early January with a deadline early February). Related calls for papers tend to be on the Fat Studies Yahoo group :-)