‘Fat Studies: A Critical Dialogue’ Conference – Registration Now Open

Published May 30, 2010 by Fat Heffalump

This from Dr Samantha Murray

Lecturer in Critical & Cultural Studies
Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts



Registration for the upcoming Fat Studies: A Critical Dialogue
Conference (10 – 11 September 2010) is now open.

Please find attached a conference registration form. We are
experiencing difficulties with the Somatechnics Research Centre
website currently, meaning access to registration form online is
unavailable at present. We are working to resolve this issue quickly,
however, the form attached here can be completed and returned to us
via email at somatechnicsadmin@gmail.com

We are offering registration rates for waged, and student/low income
delegates. A special earlybird registration rate is available to those
register by Friday 16 July 2010. After this date, the standard
conference registration fee applies. Pre-registration for the
conference will close on Friday 20 August 2010. While pre-registration
is preferable, a registration table will be set up on each morning
of the two day conference, and will accept cash and credit card
payments. The conference registration fee includes attendance; a
conference pack including abstracts, pad, pen; catered lunch, morning
and afternoon tea on each day of the conference. Closer to the
conference dates, we will seek advice from delegates about any dietary
restrictions/requirements they may have.

Conference Information
Fat Studies: A Critical Dialogue
To be held 10 – 11 September, 2010
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

While cultural anxieties about fatness and stigmatisation of fat
bodies in Western cultures have been central to dominant discourses
about bodily ‘propriety’ since the early twentieth century, the rise
of the ‘disease’ category of obesity and the moral panic over an
alleged global ‘obesity epidemic’ has lent a medical authority and
legitimacy to what can be described as ‘fat-phobia’. Against the
backdrop of the ever-growing medicalisation and pathologisation of
fatness, the field of Fat Studies has emerged in recent years to offer
an interdisciplinary critical interrogation of the dominant medical
models of health, to give voice to the lived experience of fat bodies,
and to offer critical insights into, and investigations of, the
ethico-political implications of the cultural meanings that have come
to be attached to fat bodies.

This two-day event will put Australasian Fat Studies into conversation
with critical fat scholarship from around the globe by gathering
together scholars from across a spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds,
as well as activists, health care professionals, performers and
artists. This conference seeks to open a dialogue between scholars,
health care professionals and activists about the productive and
enabling critical possibilities Fat Studies offers for rethinking
dominant notions about health and pathology, gender and bodily
aesthetics, political interventions, and beyond.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

* Charlotte Cooper
(Department of Sociology, University of Limerick)

* Karen Throsby
(Department of Sociology, University of Warwick)

Venue Information
The conference will be held at Dunmore Lang College Conference Centre,
which is situated on the main campus of Macquarie University. We will
be uploading details regarding the venue, the registration form,
accommodation options and transport information onto the Somatechnics
Research Centre website shortly. The URL to visit is

However, in the short interim, please find details regarding
accommodation options and transport information to and from Macquarie
University campus below, to help you as you make plans to attend the
conference. This information is also attached separately above.

Getting to Macquarie University
Macquarie University is approximately 30 minutes from the city centre
of Sydney. Given this, you may wish to stay closer to the campus to be
near to the conference venue. However, you may also want to be more
centrally located and travel to the campus to attend the conference.
Below you will find transport information and accommodation details.

Macquarie University railway station is located on Herring Road
between the University and the Macquarie Centre. Regular train
services operate on the Northern Line between Hornsby and the City via
Macquarie Park. The station is wheelchair accessible and open from 5am
to 1am each day. Services run approximately every 15 minutes in each

For more detail regarding timetables and fares, follow the links from this page:

Macquarie University has 21 bus services travelling to the campus and
is accessible from areas across the Sydney metropolitan area.
For specific bus operators and timetable information, follow the links
from this page:

Maps of the campus and the area surrounding Macquarie University can
be downloaded from this site:

Car Hire
You may choose to hire a car during your time in Sydney. Rates vary,
but some good sites to visit are:

Parking On Campus
Please note: Macquarie University strictly enforces its parking regulations.
For parking between 06:00 and 20:00, a valid parking ticket must be
purchased and displayed on the front windscreen of the car, on the
driver’s side. Tickets may be purchased from parking ticket machines.
The cost is $5 for up to one hour, $8 for up to three hours, and $15
for the whole day. Please note that the machines are coin-operated and
do not accept notes.

Limited parking is available on streets close to the University.
Parking at the Macquarie Shopping Centre (located across the road from
the conference venue) is free for the first three hours, with paid
half-hour increments after that.


On campus accommodation:

Ph: +61 2 9850 7800/ 9850 9300
Fax: +61 2 9850 8630
Email: MGSMrecep@mgsm.edu.au
Website: www.hotel.mgsm.com.edu <http://www.hotel.mgsm.com.edu>
Room Rates: From $120

Ph: +61 02 9856 1000
Fax: +61 02 9856 1012
Email: info@dlc.nsw.edu.au
Website: www.dunmorelangcollege.nsw.edu.au
Room Rates: From $110

Ph: +612 9936 6000
Fax: +612 9936 6005
Email: enquiries@rmc.nsw.edu.au
Website: www.rmc.org.au <http://www.rmc.org.au>
Room Rates: From $70/$85

81 Talavera Rd (On campus)
Ph: +61 2 8874 5200
Email: tmqr@travelodge.com.au
Website: http://travelodgemacquarienorthryde.street-directory.com.au/
Room Rates: From $110

Nearby Off-campus accommodation:

Cnr. Epping Road and Herring Road
Macquarie Park , NSW 2113
Ph: +61 2 9888 1077
On the corner of the campus; a short 10-minute walk to the conference site.
Room Rates: From $150

City Accommodation:
Central Sydney accommodation is plentiful and wide-ranging. For those
seeking to base themselves in the city, we recommend that you consult
sites such as www.wotif.com <http://www.wotif.com> ,
www.needitnow.com.au <http://www.needitnow.com.au>  and
www.lastminute.com.au <http://www.lastminute.com.au> , who offer
reduced rates for three, four and
five star hotels, as well as budget and hostel accommodation.

You may also wish to consider the inner suburbs, especially the
queer-friendly inner west (Newtown, Glebe, Enmore, Erskineville).
While the inner suburbs are not close to the campus conference venue,
they are well-serviced by public transport.

Should you have any general conference queries, the main contact is
the Somatechnics Research Centre Administrator, Ms Vanessa Fredericks,
who can be contacted via email on somatechnicsadmin@gmail.com.
However, should you have specific concerns you would like to discuss
with the conference convenor, please contact Dr Samantha Murray at

We hope to see you at the conference in September.

2 comments on “‘Fat Studies: A Critical Dialogue’ Conference – Registration Now Open

  • Wow! Completely exciting news, and thanks for publicizing it. If my job allowed more travel or if I were closer– Will you have a report about the conference?

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