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[Commlist] CFP: Fashioning Fat Special Issue of Fat Studies
Wed Oct 23 19:05:34 GMT 2019
*_Call for Proposals: Special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary
Journal of Body Weight and Society on Fashioning Fat_*
Calla Evans, Ryerson University, (c2evans /at/ ryerson.ca)
<mailto:(c2evans /at/ ryerson.ca)>
May Friedman, Ryerson University, (may.friedman /at/ ryerson.ca)
<mailto:(may.friedman /at/ ryerson.ca)>
To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please send a
250-400 word proposal and current CV or resume to Calla Evans
((c2evans /at/ ryerson.ca) <mailto:(c2evans /at/ ryerson.ca)>) by *November 1, 2019*.
Any questions should be emailed to Calla Evans ((c2evans /at/ ryerson.ca)
<mailto:(c2evans /at/ ryerson.ca)>).
In her 2010 article “Fat Studies: Mapping the Field” Charlotte Cooper
charts the course for future scholarly work that fuses popular and
academic perspectives with social justice concerns, calling on Fat
Studies scholars to “consider the value of fat diversity, fat culture,
address new complexities, and create possibilities for recognizing fat
as a perspective, a new kind of interdisciplinary lens” (2010, p. 1029).
One area where we’ve seen fat deployed as an interdisciplinary lens is
in the field of Fashion Studies, where scholars have done important work
charting the ways in which fat identity is constructed, performed,
reflected and resisted through fashion and dress. This special issue of
Fat Studies on Fashioning Fat seeks to offer a fresh perspective on how
the fat body is fashioned, building on the rich body of knowledge around
plus-size fashion consumption and dressing practices and supporting new
interdisciplinary work on the dressed fat body.
To this end, we are seeking pieces which consider the term “fashioning”
broadly as well as those who fit more comfortably at the junction of Fat
Studies and Fashion Studies.
Proposed topics might include, but are not limited to:
Anti-fat bias in the fashion industry and the ways in which
plus-size consumers engage with mainstream plus-size clothing.
Intersectional analyses of fat and fashion; How are race, class,
gender, sexuality, age, ability, and/or other identity markers,
reflected in how the fat body is fashioned?
Fatshion and fat dressing practices as activism; Fashion as a
resistive tool for fat bodies; Fashion “hacking” as activism.
Historical and contemporary popular cultural representations of the
dressed fat body; How is the fat body dressed for TV and movies? How
are other intersecting identity markers fashioned upon the fat body?
Analyses of how the fat body is dressed on stage and in other
The role of the fashion industry and clothing in constructing and
maintaining neoliberalist framings of fat and fatness.
Projects that engage with the ways in which fat dressing practices
can “queer” fat embodiment and representations of the fat body.
Critiques of the commodification of fatness and plus-size fatshion
Considerations of a “fat” fashion pedagogy; how do/can we teach
future fashion designers about dressing the fat body?
Projects that engage with “fattening” the field of Fashion Studies;
Critiques of who is being left out of the current body of knowledge
around plus-size dressing practices.
Geographical differences in how the fat body is dressed; How does
the fat body approach the practice of dressing across the globe?
Analyses of plus-size fashion and fatshion oriented texts.
Projects that engage the fat dressed body with disability studies,
mad studies, and additional forms of non-normative cognitive and
Fat fashion and dressing as resistance; the political nature of
fashion engagement for the fat body.
Considerations of the ‘fatshionista’ and the historical and
contemporary location and impact of the ‘fatshionista’ community.
Reflections on everyday fat dressing practices; personal
relationships with clothing and dressing.
Imaginings of a fat-inclusive fashion future.
Contributors will be notified of the status of their proposal by
December 1, 2019. Full manuscripts, including all notes and references,
should be between 2,000 and 6,000 words and will be due by February 1,
2020. If you wish to include reproductions of visual images with your
article, please provide documentation of permission to do so from the
artists/copyright holders of the image(s). All authors will need to sign
a form that transfers copyright of their article to the publisher,
Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Fat Studies is the first academic journal in the field of corporeal
scholarship that critically examines theory, research, practices, and
programs related to body weight and appearance. Content includes
original research and overviews exploring the intersection of gender,
race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, and socioeconomic status.
Articles critically examine representations of fat in health and medical
sciences, the Health-at-Every-Size model, the pharmaceutical industry,
psychology, sociology, cultural studies, legal issues, literature,
pedagogy, art, theater, popular culture, media studies, and activism.
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