CWS/cf Call for Papers: Women and Fat Studies: Feminist (Re)Visionings

Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme (cws/cf)


Women and Fat Studies:
Feminist (Re)Visionings

35.1,2 (Winter 2020/Spring 2021)

Fat Studies in Canada is a growing field with many scholars making important contributions ranging from the evolution of Fat Studies and Fat Activism to the emergence of fat celebration, and reflections on the interdisciplinary impact of Fat Studies on scholarship. The aim of this special CWS/cf issue is to examine the constructions of fatness as a category informed by history, morality, politics, gender, citizenship status, race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, ability, geographic location, and popular culture.   

Discourses and interventions that aim to enforce normative body sizes have focused primarily on disciplining the bodies of women. Fat, “weight-based oppression,” and obesity stigma are social justice concerns that intersect with systems of privilege and oppression. It is important to understand how fat experience differs from body to body, and how fat activism and fat studies can help women respond to and resist the objectification of their bodies.

Possible topics include:

  • Impact of colonial beauty standards on Indigenous communities
  • Canadian public policies and messaging relating to weight, size and shape
  • Varying experiences of fat
  • Representation of fat bodies in popular culture: television episodes, films, songs, ads, etc.
  • History of fat acceptance movement,fat activism, and fat studies
  • Fatphobia rhetoric
  • Fat women engaging in activism related to body politics
  • Fat oppression, fat discrimination, and fat activism
  • Growing body of academic studies with a fat activism agenda
  • Fat as a bad word
  • Fat discrimination in social media (Instagram Facebook, Tik Tok, etc.)
  • Medicalization and pathologization of fat
  • Fat as a social justice issue intersecting with race, class, sexuality, gender, and ability status
  • Racialization of fat
  • Queering fat
  • Fat and issues for youth
  • Weight as a gendered, socially, historically, morally, and politically constructed category
  • Effects of sexual, racial, medical, and colonial trauma on embodiment
  • Discrimination and access to reproductive technologies for fat women
  • How do fat studies intersect with other fields such as queer studies, ethnic studies, and women’s and gender studies?
  • Personal reflections.

Your ideas for additional topics are welcome.We invite essays, research reports, personal reflections, alternative forms of narration, photo essays, poetry, drawings or artwork, and other works that illuminate these issues. 

Include a draft 50-word abstract of the article and a brief biographical note.


Articles should be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 4000 words. Submissions should include a finalized 50-word abstract and brief biographical note. If possible, submit graphics or photographs to accompany your article.

Please send a hard copy of your manuscript as well as emailing a copy. We prioritize unpublished material. CWS/cf reserves the right to edit manuscripts with respect to length and clarity, and to conform to house-style. To encourage use of the material published, CWS/cf has granted electronic rights to Ebsco, Gale Group, Micromedia Proquest, and the H. W. Wilson.Any royalties received will be used by CWS/cf to assist the publication in disseminating its message.

Write or call to indicate your intention to submit.

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