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Fat CFP

2015 February 23
by Paul Mabrey

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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 23 Feb. 2015
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>                          M/C – Media and Culture
>                     http://www.media-culture.org.au/
>            is calling for contributors to the ‘fat’ issue of
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>                                M/C Journal
>                   http://journal.media-culture.org.au/
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> M/C Journal is inviting new contributors. Founded in 1998, M/C is a
> crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and
> peer-reviewed journal. Our Website at http://journal.media-culture.org.au/
> provides open access to all past issues.
>
> To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit
> http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/about/submissions.
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>                      Call for Papers: ‘fat’
>              Edited by Julie Parsons and Rachel Jarvie
>
> We want to explore all things ‘fat’: the full spectrum of socio-cultural
> meanings of fat through history, in the media, art, biomedicine and popular
> culture. Considering fat as substance, embodiment and identity. Experiences
> of fat and fatness intersect with gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age,
> ability, and socioeconomic status. Fat is a derogatory term, but has also
> been reclaimed.
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> Contemporary debates around fat and fatness tend to be polarised and
> un-nuanced. Fat is characterised as toxic, unhealthy, contagious, disgusting
> and ugly. Consumption of ‘bad’ fats and fat bodies are presented as moral,
> environmental and political issues. Fat is measured, regulated and policed
> by the self and ‘Other’. There is an industry dedicated to the removal and
> disposal of fat, as well as its transference to other parts of the body. Fat
> is stigmatising/stigmatised.
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> Some fats are considered ‘good’/healthy. Fat in the ‘right’ places and in
> specific socio-cultural contexts is desirable and revered. Fat studies, fat
> acceptance, fat liberation, fat power and fat activism are counterdiscourses
> that problematise the dominant framing of fat as bad and challenge
> discrimination. Alternative cultural representations present fat as
> beautiful, sexy, and healthy. ‘Phat’ is also used sub-culturally to denote
> something that is excellent/gratifying.
>
> This issue of M/C Journal seeks to examine fat in the broadest sense. Areas
> of interest may include, but are not limited to:
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> * Popular cultural representations of fat/fatness
> * Good/bad fat(s)
> * Healthy/unhealthy fat(s)
> * Fat phobia/hatred
> * Fat bodies/embodiment
> * Measuring, regulating, policing fat
> * Sexy fat
> * Aesthetics of fat
> * Fat identity
> * Fat activism
> * Fat acceptance
> * Fat liberation
> * Fat power
> * Fat feminism
> * ‘Fat talk’
> * Consuming fat
> * Fat sub-cultures
> * Phat
> * Gay ‘Bear’ cultures
> * BBW (Big Beautiful Women)
> * Fat porn
> * Fat shaming
> * Fat stigma
> * Fat as disease
>
> Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 100-250 words and a
> brief biography to the issue editors. Abstracts should include the article
> title and should describe your research question, approach, and argument.
> Biographies should be about three sentences (maximum 75 words) and should
> include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Articles
> should be 3000 words (plus bibliography). All articles will be refereed and
> must adhere to MLA style (6th edition).
>
> Please send any enquiries to fat@journal.media-culture.org.au. All articles
> must be submitted through the M/C Journal site.
>
> Article deadline:     24 Apr. 2015
> Issue release date:   24 June 2015
>
> M/C Journal was founded (as “M/C – A Journal of Media and Culture”) in 1998
> as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting of
> media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C Journal
> for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for
> comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind
> peer-reviewed.
>
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> Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2015:
>
> ‘authentic’:      article deadline 16 Jan. 2015,  release date 18 Mar. 2015
> ‘technique’:      article deadline 27 Feb. 2015,  release date 29 Apr. 2015
> ‘fat’:            article deadline 24 Apr. 2015,  release date 24 June 2015
> ‘curate’:         article deadline 19 June 2015,  release date 19 Aug. 2015
> ‘beginnings’:     article deadline 14 Aug. 2015,  release date 14 Oct. 2015
> ‘re-imagine’:     article deadline  9 Oct. 2015,  release date  9 Dec. 2015
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> M/C – Media and Culture is located at <http://www.media-culture.org.au/>.
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> M/C Journal is online at <http://journal.media-culture.org.au/>.
> All past issues of M/C Journal on various topics are available there.
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