Monday, February 20, 2006

The Fat Studies Reader

Call for Proposals for The Fat Studies Reader

Sondra Solovay and Esther Rothblum are excited to announce the upcoming book: The Fat Studies Reader! This comprehensive, interdisciplinary anthology seeks to map the contours of the emerging field of Fat Studies. The first textbook dedicated to fat theory and fat studies, The Reader will include disciplines where we have sufficient scholarship critiquing the negative assumptions, stereotypes, and stigma placed on the fat body.

We eagerly request your participation and appreciate your help in spreading the word!

As this project is designed to appeal to a wide academic audience, both highly theoretical and easily accessible essays are welcome. We are inviting work in the following fields (proposals in other areas are also welcome):

Psychology Literature Communication/Rhetoric
Theater/Film/Performance Queer studies Latina studies
Critical Race studies Popular culture Biology/ Relevant sciences
Cultural studies Art/Art history History
Disability studies Anthropology Medical Anthropology
Food and Nutrition Sciences Women’s/Feminist studies Ethics
African American studies Education Law
Economics Sexuality studies Sociology

Proposal deadline is February 28, 2006. (Article deadline tba.) Please include:
(1) a one-page overview of your proposed contribution and a tentative title
(2) a brief bio
(3) your complete contact information (and your institutional affiliation if applicable)

Submit proposals to: and
If you do not receive a confirmation email within 7 days please follow up.

About the Editors:
Sondra Solovay is an attorney, activist, diversity trainer, and adjunct Professor of Law at New College of California School of Law. She is the author of Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight-Based Discrimination; her most recent essays appear in Bias, Discrimination and Obesity, Scoot Over Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology, and The Harvard Business Review.

Esther D. Rothblum is Professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University, having served as Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont for 23 years. She has edited over 20 books on gender, sexual orientation, and international issues. Her current research focuses on the stigma of women’s weight and also on lesbian relationships and mental health.

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