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13:00 - 14:00 22 October 2015

Fleshing out fat: materialisations of fatness in a disadvantaged Australian suburb


TCRU Library | 27-28 Woburn Square (link Map)
London | WC1H 0AA | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free

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Megan Warin, Associate Professor, University of Adelaide

Foregrounding the material properties and agentive capacities of fat, this paper explores experiences of expanding, maintaining or diminishing body sizes to give substance to the different enactments of fat. Drawing on fieldwork in an underprivileged community in South Australia that is represented as ‘obesogenic’, Megan Warin will discuss in detail how bodies become fat and what fat can do for bodies. In places of situational poverty she will argue that fat can be characterized as enhancing wellbeing and as a material resource that acts to safeguard or augment bodily survival. This paper thus moves away from representational accounts of fat, and builds upon ontological and new materialist explorations of bodies (Colls 2007; Bennett 2010; Warin et al. 2015), focusing on ‘embodied topographies’ and agentive capacities of corpulence.


Rebecca O'Connell
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