Critical Theory & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Journal

The Critical Theory and Social Justice: Journal of Undergraduate Research is a peer-reviewed journal whose mission is to offer a transformative space for undergraduate students to engage critical theory in the pursuit of social justice and to open up new possibilities for thinking and liberation.

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FALL 2021 Special Issue: Intersectional Introduction to Fat Studies

Open to Currently Enrolled Undergraduates 

To submit a proposal for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, please send a 250-500 word summary of what you plan to submit as well as a short academic/professional biography (maximum 100 words) to Mary Ambriz, at mambriz@oxy.edu, and Virgie Tovar, at virgie@virgietovar.com, by July 30, 2021. Any questions about the special issue can be directed to these email addresses as well.

This special issue of Occidental's Critical Theory & Social Justice Undergraduate Journal will engage with Fat Studies, an interdisciplinary, international field of scholarship that critically examines societal attitudes and practices about body weight and appearance. Given the rise of fatphobia during the COVID-19 pandemic, the goal of this special issue is to highlight fat scholarship, experiences and voices with an eye to intersectionality. Intersectionality has been a core tenet in fat activism and fat studies, and draws upon the work of Kimberle Crenshaw and Patricia Hill Collins. Collins defines intersectionality as the investigation of “how intersecting power relations influence social relations across diverse societies as well as individual experiences in everyday life… intersectionality views categories of race, class, gender, [sex], sexuality, nation, ability, ethnicity, [age, and body size] as interrelated and mutually shaping one another” (Collins & Bilge p.2, 2020). An intersectional introduction to fat studies expands current social justice conversations that do not typically acknowledge fat oppression, and invites more people to talk about how fatphobia works with other structures of power. This special issue doesn’t seek just to disrupt fatphobia, but to create space for a liberated future. 

This special issue invites papers, personal essays, art, and multimedia submissions that address the concept of intersectionality & fat studies. Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

> How does occupying multiple marginalized identities (in addition to fat) look during COVID?
> How have all (or some) of the different power structures listed below been employed alongside fatphobia during the BLM protests of last summer? (i.e., how do race, body size and disability interact with each other as they relate to police violence?)
> How do all or some of these identities interact with each other? (race, gender, queerness, age, class, body size)
> How do race & body size interact with each other?
> How do gender & body size interact with each other?
> How do queerness & body size interact with each other?
> How do age & body size interact with each other? 
> How do class & body size interact with each other?
> How is intersectionality rendered/not rendered in popular culture and on social media? 
> How do multiple power structures influence the experiences and visibility (or lack thereof) of different community members in movements combatting fat oppression?
> What does intersectional fat liberation look like? 

To submit a proposal for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, please send a 250-500 word summary of what you plan to submit as well as a short academic/professional biography (maximum 100 words) to Mary Ambriz, at mambriz@oxy.edu, and Virgie Tovar, at virgie@virgietovar.com, by July 30, 2021. Any questions about the special issue can be directed to these email addresses as well.

Final submissions should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words, including all notes and references. Full manuscripts will be required by October 30, 2021. If you wish to include reproductions of visual images with your article/essay, you will need to receive permission to do so from the artists/ copyright holders of the image(s). 

Fat Studies is an interdisciplinary, international field of scholarship that critically examines societal attitudes and practices about body weight and appearance. Fat Studies advocates equality for all people regardless of body size. It explores the way fat people are oppressed, the reasons why, who benefits from that oppression and how to liberate fat people from oppression. Fat Studies seeks to challenge and remove the negative associations that society has about fat and the fat body. It regards weight, like height, as a human characteristic that varies widely across any population. 

 


CALL FOR PAPERS 2020-21

The Critical Theory and Social Justice Undergraduate Journal

Published by the Department of Critical Theory & Social Justice at Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

OPEN CALL: We are a peer-reviewed journal that is seeking undergraduate articles and other work that offer interventions and reinventions in the field of critical theory with a special—though not exclusive—interest in work that brings critical theory to bear in a way that pursues liberation and social justice. We welcome essays and art work that (a) draw upon any aspect of critical theory; (b) take up and critically analyze political and social movements, issues, crises and possibilities; (c) or provide thoughtful first-hand assessments of activism as it is taking place.

2020-21 Student Editorial Board

Jenna Beales
Margot Heron
Shareef Khwajazada
Kayla Lim
Serena Pelenghian
Mia Recio
Lulu Wiesemann

Send Submissions to ctsj-journal@oxy.edu meeting the following guidelines:

ARTICLES: Submissions must have been written during the author’s time as an undergraduate student.

ART WORK: We are also seeking artwork submissions that push the boundaries of its medium to offer critical insights into issues of social justice. These artworks may submit an Artist’s Statement instead of an Abstract.

FORMAT:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format
  • Chicago Style sheet with footnotes and a bibliography
  • Abstract included (can be substituted with an Artist’s Statement for artwork submissions)
  • Cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic)

Mission of the Journal

Critical Theory and Social Justice: Journal of Undergraduate Research is a peer-reviewed journal whose  mission is to offer a transformative space for undergraduate students to engage critical theory in the pursuit of social justice. Through the articles and art that we publish, this journal seeks to serve as a platform for practical interventions that draw upon the various discourses and approaches with which our authors and artists work.

The Journal is unique in publishing original undergraduate articles and artwork in its field. It is reflective of Occidental College’s Department of Critical Theory & Social Justice (CTSJ), the only undergraduate academic department of its kind.

Since publishing its first volume in 2010, CTSJ's Undergraduate Research Journal has become a robust and respected institution at its home campus of Occidental College and at peer institutions such as Middlebury College, Brown University, Stanford University, Scripps College, Tufts University, and Yale University. CTSJ is dedicated to providing a forum for undergraduate students to develop and share critical research and writing on the intersections of power dynamics and inequalities as they relate to problems of social justice. The Journal seeks to foster an exchange of ideas across disciplines and to deepen understandings of systems of injustice; in this way, the Journal advances the mission of Occidental College: to develop critical, thoughtful, and active participation in an increasingly pluralistic and conflict-ridden global culture.

Contact Us

You may contact us at ctsj-journal@oxy.edu or

via faculty advisor and Editor in Chief, Prof. Malek Moazzam-Doulat (mdoulat@oxy.edu).