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 issue  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. 

Write or call to indicate your intention to submit.
Include a draft 50-word abstract of the article and a brief biographical note.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: November 30, 2020 

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.

Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme
210 Founders, York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Telephone: (416) 736-5356 Fax: (416) 736-5765 E-mail: cwscf@yorku.ca

 


Narratives of Black, Indigenous and Racialized Women in Leadership Positions
36.1,2
(Spring/Summer 2021)

The advancement of women into leadership positions in organizations continues to be challenging. This reality is rooted in systemic and societal structures that disenfranchise women as they move through the corporate ranks or as they struggle to have their voices heard within their own communities. There is evidence that women are beginning to disrupt dominant gender ideologies by taking different approaches in their careers, within their specific professions. Women are taking risks and agreeing to take part in leadership in different organizations. However, despite all these efforts, women leaders continue to be underrepresented in every sector of society and this is more pronounced for those from marginalized groups, such as Black, Indigenous and racialized women.  For the few that hold leadership positions, little research and literature has been dedicated to their experiences in these roles (Fitzgerald, 2006; Jean-Marie et al., 2009; Sanchez-Hucles & Davis, 2010). Research has shown that although Black, Indigenous, and racialized women have made strides in various organizations, they continue to face personal, professional, systemic, and institutional challenges in reaching top leadership positions globally (Fitzgerald, 2006; Jean-Marie et al., 2009; Sanchez-Hucles & Davis, 2010). This special edition will focus on the marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and Racialized women in leadership positions and highlight the challenges they faced and how they have addressed them. The main objective of the edition is to contribute to the leadership discourse of Black, Indigenous, and Racialized women by centering on their narratives and lived experience.

Suggested, but non-exhaustive, topics for the special edition:
• Your journey as a female leader
• Approaches to inclusive leadership
• Indigenous forms of leadership
• Racialized women in leadership positions
• What does it mean to be a Black female in a leadership position?
• What does it mean to be transgender in a leadership position?
• What does it mean to be an Indigenous female in a leadership position?
• What does it mean to be a Racialized female in a leadership position?
• Women leaders from the grassroots organization
• What do women in leadership positions bring to various organizations?
• What are the challenges and barriers?
• Coping mechanisms and forms of personal and collective care
• Feminist leadership
• Women’s leadership in social justice
• Non-traditional models of leadership
• Negotiating the politics of race and gender in organizations
• Women, race, power, and leadership
• Success stories

Your ideas for additional topics are welcome.

Invited are essays, research reports, true stories, alternative forms of narration, poetry, drawings, and other art works that illuminate these issues.

DEADLINE: January 30, 2021

Articles should be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 16 pages long (4000 words). A short (50-word) abstract of the article and a brief biographical note must accompany each submission. Please send a hard copy of your manuscript as well as emailing a copy. We give preference to previously unpublished material. If possible, please submit graphics or photographs to accompany your article. Please note CWS/cf reserves the right to edit manuscripts with respect to length and clarity, and in conformity with our 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 as soon as possible indicating your intention to submit your work.

Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme
210 Founders, York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Telephone: (416) 736-5356 Fax: (416) 736-5765 E-mail: cwscf@yorku.ca

 

References

Fitzgerald, T. (2006). Walking between two worlds: Indigenous women and educational leadership. Educational Management Administration & Leadership34(2), 201-213.

Jean-Marie, G., Williams, V. A., & Sherman, S. L. (2009). Black women’s leadership experiences: Examining the intersectionality of race and gender. Advances in Developing Human Resources11(5), 562-581.

Sanchez-Hucles, J. V., & Davis, D. D. (2010). Women and women of color in leadership: Complexity, identity, and intersectionality. American Psychologist65(3), 171.