9th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


FYI. ISRF Early Career Fellowship competition


Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) announces round 7 of it’s ECR Fellowship.

Deadline: 5pm, GMT, 17th March 2023

More information: https://www.isrf.org/funding-opportunities/grant-competitions/ecf7/

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

Proposed research should break with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories.

Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilising, and so transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences. Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities are also encouraged.

Eligible applicants

Scholars from within Europe† are eligible to apply. Applicants will normally hold a salaried position at an Institution of Higher Education and Research. Candidates should be within 10 years of PhD award at the time of application. Career breaks may be taken into account. The awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent.

† There is no limitation on nationality – however, we are unable to consider applications from those whose home institution is not within Europe.

Duration & Timing

The awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of up to one year, and must commence no later than end of December 2024.


The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances – the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of €67,500† to buy-out the cost of all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution for up to 12 months. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host Institution.

† PLEASE NOTE: Applicants based in the UK must apply in GBP (£), up to the limit of £60,000. All other applicants must apply in EUR (€), up to the limit of €67,500 (this will not be adjusted in the event of GBP/EUR currency fluctuations).

WSC 2023: Denver, CO, USA, June 28–29

We are excited to announce that the 2023 Weight Stigma Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado on the 28th and 29th June. We have chosen this venue and date for a number of reasons, but one is that we will be following on from the annual conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), running from 25th to 27th June. For the first time, we will have some virtual as well as in-person options.

SPSSI is an amazing organisation with a strong focus on social justice and creating change. If you’re not familiar with SPSSI, do check out their website. If you are planning on attending the WSC and would consider submitting an abstract for SPSSI also, submission ends this Monday (6th Feb). Registration for SPSSI has not yet opened. For more information: SPSSI conference webpage

Further details about this year’s WSC, including abstract submission and registration, will be released shortly. If you haven’t already signed up for email notifications, please do so using the box in the top right of the home page.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver.

FYI. Calling physiotherapists in Canada, US, NZ, Australia


Calling all licensed physical therapists in Canada, USA, Australia, and NZ

You are invited to write two brief fictional stories for the Storying Physiotherapy study, led by Patty Thille, PT, PhD at the University of Manitoba. Starting with fictional prompt, you will write two stories about physiotherapy practice. You can pull on your prior experience, your imagination, and more to do so. This will take 30-40 minutes. The stories created will become a collection. We will share some of the collection in interviews with some participants, and later via a digital platform to foster conversation about best practices in physiotherapy. To learn more, and complete the study if you are interested, please visit: Storying Physiotherapy

FYI. UK Fat studies conference: Fat Across Time. CfA


Venue: The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom 

When: Monday 10th July 2023 

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st March 2023


Gemma Gibson (G.L.Gibson@sheffield.ac.uk

Carlie Pendleton (cpend001@gold.ac.uk

Twitter: @FatAcrossTime

We are excited to invite abstracts for papers and presentations for the FAT (Fat Across Time) Conference at The University of Sheffield. By definition Fat Studies includes anyone who studies fatness, therefore, while we expect to receive abstracts from academics we also encourage submissions from activists, artists, journalists and other professionals in any discipline related to fat. 

Fat Studies is an interdisciplinary field that prioritises the experiences of people in fat bodies and the worlds, societies and cultures they live in. Fat Studies scholars reject the pathologization of fatness and seek to find alternative discourses around fat that centre social justice. 

All submissions related to Fat Studies are welcome but please be aware that this conference is directly related to Fat Studies so we will not be accepting papers that focus on ‘obesity’ or ‘overweight’ (unless, of course, there is critical exploration of these terms). 

In your submission please include your name, the title of your presentation or paper, a 250 word abstract and a short bio. Topics of interest may include but are not limited to: 

  • Queering fatness 
  • Fat feminisms 
  • Fat history and futures 
  • Fat activism
  • Fat and identity 
  • Fat policy 
  • Fat representation 
  • Fat art and performance 
  • Fat and the media 
  • Fat geographies 
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to fatness 
  • Living as a fat person and fat (auto)biography 
  • Boundaries of fatness

Abstracts should be sent to G.L.Gibson@sheffield.ac.uk AND cpend001@gold.ac.uk and should be titled with your name and ‘FAT2023’. We welcome informal enquiries prior to the deadline.

FYI. CfA. Socio-Legal Studies Conference 2023 (VERY short deadline)

FYI, with apologies for late posting.

Submission deadline: 9th January, 2023

Conference dates: 4-6 April, 2023

More information: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/conference/slsa

The Conference

Socio-Legal Studies is where law meets the humanities and social sciences. The SLSA annual conference is the UK’s leading forum for socio-legal researchers and interdisciplinary researchers with an interest in the law to share ideas and their latest findings. We are extremely excited to be bringing the SLSA conference 2023 to Ulster University and to Derry-Londonderry.

This is only the second time the conference has visited the island of Ireland. While we look forward to the takeover of our small city by delegates, following the success of the hybrid conference hosted by York Law School in 2022 and the recommendations emerging from the SLSA’s recent EDI survey we will also offer opportunities for virtual participation.

Call for Papers

The call for papers for the Socio-Legal Studies conference 2023 is now open!

The conference will be hosted by Ulster University, Derry-Londonderry, from 4 to 6 April 2023. Authors wishing to present at the conference (in person or virtually) should use the link below to submit their abstract via Oxford Abstracts. Please choose the most appropriate stream or current topic for your proposed paper by using the drop-down menu provided. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. The deadline for submissions is 9 January 2023.

Decisions on acceptance/rejection of papers will be made by individual stream/current topic conveners. If you have any questions about the suitability of your idea to a particular stream/current topic, please contact the conveners directly. Any problems with Oxford Abstracts should be reported to the conference team at the email address below. Decisions on submissions will be made by 23 January, after which authors will have a further two weeks to register for the conference at the ‘early bird’ rate.

FYI. Call for proposals. “Reproductive justice: Global and Psychological Perspectives”


Call for Proposals: “Reproductive Justice: Global and Psychological Perspectives”

A Topical Issue of International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation

Guest Editors, Judith L. Gibbons1, Nancy M. Sidun2, and Joan C. Chrisler3

1Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA; 2Independent Practice, Honolulu, HI, USA; 3Department of Psychology, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

Despite decades of progress in enhancing women’s rights and gender equity, reproductive justice remains a challenge for most of the world’s population. The ability to exercise re- productive rights and control our own bodies is compromised by structural (e.g., poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, environmental degradation), cultural (e.g., tra- ditions, religious tenets and edicts), and political (e.g., party platforms, the whims of politicians) constraints. Experience, and even awareness, of reproductive injustice affects women’s physical, psychological, and social health and well-being.

Topics of interest for this special issue of IPP include (but are not limited to):

• Reproductive healthcare for refugees;
• Pre- and ante-natal care and childbirth preparation; • Contraceptive use and family planning: education and accessibility;
• Abortion: accessibility and funding, self-managed abortion, social support and counseling;
• Menstrual hygiene: accessibility of products;
• Infertility treatment: accessibility of assisted repro- ductive technologies;
• Genital cutting.

Submissions can report on qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods studies or critical analyses of the relevant literature in one or several countries. Policy briefs will also be considered. Authors must connect their work to one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (e.g., #1 – end poverty, #3 –health and well-being, #4 – quality education, #5 – gender equality, #6 – clean water and sanitation, # 10 – reduced inequities), and articles should conclude with applications for psychological practice and/ or development of public policy.

Submission Process and Timeline

1–2–page, single-spaced descriptions of the proposed manuscript must be submitted to the guest editors no later than February 1, 2023. Selected authors will be contacted by March 15, 2023 and invited to develop their manu- scripts. Completed manuscripts will be due no later than September 15, 2023.

Submit proposals via email as Word attachments to: judith.gibbons@slu.edu, n.sidun@hawaiiantel.net, jcchr@ conncoll.edu.

Manuscripts must be prepared in APA style. See the journal’s website for more information and to examine the contents of previous issues: https://www.hogrefe.com/ us/journal/international-perspectives-in-psychology- research-practice-consultation

International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Prac- tice, Consultation (IPP) is the official journal of Division 52 (International Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. The journal promotes the use of psychological science that is contextually informed, culturally inclusive, and dedicated to serving the public interest. IPP welcomes relevant contributions from psychology, sociology, public health, medicine, nursing, education, gender & ethnic studies, political science, and related disciplines.

FYI. CfP Special issue on Time in Stigma & Health Research


Call for Papers: Stigma and Health is therefore hosting a special issue focused on the role of time in stigma and health research.

Special Issue Guest Editors: Valerie A. Earnshaw & Annie B. Fox
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2023

Stigma is constantly changing, whether at the societal level, with human development, or simply over time. Despite the inherent fluidity of stigma, our theories, research, and interventions typically treat associations between stigma and health as stagnant.

We seek high quality manuscripts that consider associations between stigma and health in relation to three timescales:

(1) Structural change: possible topics include characterizing changes in structural-level stigma over time, including how these changes impact individual-level experiences of stigma and health outcomes; (2) Human development: possible topics include identifying sensitive periods for stigma, and characterizing how experiences of stigma change over the life course and impact health; and (3) Stigma course: possible topics include studies of how experiences of stigma, and associations between stigma and health, evolve as stigmatized statuses are gained or lost.

Further information: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/sah/time-stigma-health-research

FYI. NIHR Programme Public Health Research funding


The NIHR Programme Public Health Research (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the topic: 22/80 Interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing among young women

PHR commissions research to answer the following research question:

·         What interventions are effective to promote good mental health and wellbeing among young women aged 12-24?

The PHR Programme is predominantly interested in the evaluation of interventions operating at a population level rather than at an individual level, which should address health inequalities and the wider determinants of health. The PHR Programme recognises that interventions might focus on young women’s experience of trauma, violence and abuse and use a trauma-informed approach. However, this call is not for evaluations of interventions that tackle or treat issues resulting from specific pathologies, for example eating disorders.

Research areas of interest could include (but are not limited to):

·         Public mental health interventions that focus on prevention of mental ill-health among young women.

·         Evaluations of interventions where the primary focus of the intervention is not necessarily on improving and promoting good mental health but the outcome might impact on wellbeing and mental health (positively and negatively). This could include, for example, gender specific youth projects which support young women living in poverty.

·         Programmes for young women’s mental health that take a whole communities approach. This could include interventions:

·         around settings such as schools, colleges, universities, work places, leisure services and venues, places of worship, community groups and services, health centres, criminal justice services; or

·         focusing on specific population groups such as young women from ethnic minority groups, young women who identify as LGBTQ+, or young women facing different forms of disadvantage.

·         Evaluations of interventions that address the multiple, interacting disadvantages that affect the most marginalised young women.

·         Evaluations of interventions to support pregnant young women for example, interventions to enhance social networks.

·         Evaluations of interventions that take a holistic, person-centred approach.

·         Peer support interventions.

·         Interventions related to social media / online images and messages.

Stage 1 deadline: 1pm on 29 November 2022


NIHR are holding a webinar on Wednesday 28 September, 14:45–16:00, to support applications to this (and other commissioned workstreams). To sign up for the webinar click on the link above.

FYI. Two senior positions at Centre for Appearance Research


The Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England, UK, is currently hiring for two senior positions. Seeking team-focussed individuals with strong international profiles & excellent track records of leadership in appearance research:

1 x Prof/Assoc Prof http://tinyurl.com/4zdb7uyt

1 x Assoc Prof: http://tinyurl.com/mta8w589

Closing date for both positions: 1st September 2022


Posting on behalf of myself (Angela Meadows): The Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, UK, is currently hiring at the Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Senior Lecturer and Reader (Associate Professor) levels. The department is particularly strong in cognitive/neuroscience but it’d be great to beef up the social/personality cohort, especially those with an interest in stigma and prejudice. The location is great and the people are lovely. Feel free to message me (drameadows at gmail) to chat in private about the role and institution.

Deadline: 4th September, 2022

More info: https://vacancies.essex.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=951655QiIm&WVID=9918109NEm&LANG=USA

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