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Manuscript deadline
10 April 2021

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Fat Studies

Special Issue Editor(s)

Cindy Baker, University of Alberta
[email protected]

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Fat Kinship

Call for Proposals: Special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Fat Kinship


This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society explores fatness in relationships.


Though fat people occupy the same diversity of roles within their lives relative to their relationships as other humans do (child, parent, sibling, family member, partner, friend, etc), representations of fatness in popular culture are often one-dimensional, focusing on the lonely single fat figure or the fat mother/surrogate nurturing character. Real life fat relationships, however, are both broadly diverse and complicated by their fatness. Fat kinship is a fertile ground, and deserves an increased focus through an academic lens.


I invite papers on a variety of topics around a broad definition of fat kinship including intimate relationships, genetic bonds, friendship, nuclear family, extended family, chosen family, and more. Artistic research-creation welcome.


Topics that might be covered include:

Fat intimacy

Fat domesticity

Fat family life

Solo fat life

Fat couples

Fat polyamory

Fat/non-fat relationships

Representations of fat relationships in popular culture

Conflation of fatness and nurturing

The impact of self-isolation on fat people and fat bodies

Private fat spaces; alternative definitions of "home"

How fat people build/adapt family and community




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Submission Instructions

To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please send a 200-250 word abstract and a current CV to Cindy Baker, [email protected] by August 31, 2020. Any questions about the topic can also be directed to Cindy Baker at this e-mail address.