The New York City radical fat political group "Fat and Queer" [FAQ] is organizing a one day conference in February entitled " 'Fat is Contagious:' Political Fat Queer Visibility and Action in the Era of the 'Obesity Epidemic.' "
The event will occur in Manhattan on Saturday February 23, 2008 at the University Settlement House, a wheel-chair accessible space in the Lower East Side at Bowery/Houston.
The keynote address will be given by Marilyn Wann, author of Fat!So?: Because You Don't Have to Apologize for Your Size.
Following that, we will have two sessions of workshops, with three workshops in each session. In the evening we hope to have a cabaret performance and dance party and are still negotiating space for that event.
We are currently issuing a call for proposals for workshops on the topic of political fat queer visibility and action in the era of the 'obesity epidemic.'
We specifically seek workshop proposals which are action-oriented and are on the following themes, however all submissions will be considered:
- Building Fat Social/Activist networks
- Fat studies/fat theory
- Weight loss and fat activism
- Health at any size
- Trans and fat
- Fat and sexuality
- Fat and disability
- History of fat activism
- Challenging healthist discourse within and outside of the fat activist movement
- Fat activism within social justice movements and creating solidarity with other social justice movements
- Guerrilla art/action
- Childhood obesity
- Medical self advocacy
If you would like to be kept up to date on FAQ events, join our listserve and check out f_and_q
To help organize the conference and other FAQ events, join our organizers' listserve.
More details about the specifics of the conference will be forthcoming.
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