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Call for Proposals 2018  

Uniting Against Oppression:
Navigating the Learning Curves in the Health at Every Size® Movement
August 3-5, 2018 - Portland, OR, USA


Call for Proposals 

DUE: December 21, 2017 (Submission details below)

 

ASDAH is seeking proposals for the 2018 Conference: Uniting Against Oppression: Navigating the Learning Curves in the Health at Every Size® Movement.

While we welcome other topics, submissions in the following areas are particularly desired:

  • Use of the HAES® approach as it intersects with specific populations including (but not limited to): pre-and post-bariatric surgery; different socioeconomic statuses; chronic illnesses; eating disorders across the weight spectrum (e.g., ranging from low to higher weights); rural communities; serious mental illness; disabilities; cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds; sexual orientation; gender identity; and, body size. Conversations defining special populations are welcomed.

  • Navigating online spaces and social media in the HAES® movement: How do we alter the dynamics of communication within our community? What are the existing barriers to learning and inclusion, as well as solutions for dismantling them? What work is needed as a community in order to endure through conflict and increasing willingness to learn – even in uncomfortable moments? What about social media and other web-based spaces?

  • Addressing privilege and centering diverse voices in the HAES® community. How do we meaningfully acknowledge both the oppressed and privileged aspects of our identities?  How do we manage our discomfort around our privilege? How do we work across difference to center marginalized voices and create radical change?

  • The HAES® movement past, present, and future. Where have we been, what have we learned, and what is next?

  • What does it mean to practice the HAES® principles in an environment that does not support it? Whether it is our work or personal lives, advocates will be confronted by naysayers. How we can strengthen our ability to react to these conflicts? What strategies have been effective when engaging with colleagues from a different paradigm?

  • Utilizing a HAES® approach in transdisciplinary healthcare settings: Regardless of our individual professional background, most of us will interact with professionals from another field or discipline. How do we build connections with transdisciplinary providers while utilizing a HAES® framework?

  • Training and equipping the next generation of HAES® scholars, practitioners, and activists: How do we teach a HAES® approach in various settings? How do we encourage students/professionals to cope with their dissonance toward the weight-focused approach, while incorporating Intersectionality into this work. How do we nourish and support new fat activists along their journey?

  • New and emerging research on HAES®: Have you recently completed research in the areas of HAES®, weight stigma, dieting, weight loss? Does your research look at the HAES® paradigm through an intersectional lens? *note, ASDAH has an explicitly HAES®-orientation to weight, and so abstracts endorsing dieting or weight-loss paradigms will not be considered for acceptance.


In order to continue working towards the elimination of barriers which exist within the HAES® movement and to ensure crucial voices are not silenced, presenters are not required to be ASDAH members to be eligible for consideration. Students, advocates, practitioners, professionals, researchers, and HAES® veterans are encouraged to submit proposals about their teaching, programs, advocacy efforts, and/or research for a poster or oral presentation.


The Conference Planning Committee asks that all presenters be aware of the difficult nature of the theme. While challenging experiences are welcome, it is paramount the presentations be conducted in a compassionate fashion, with consideration for the way that multiple intersecting identities influence experiences of weight-stigma. Preference will be given to presentations which provide the opportunity for growth and new insights for conference attendees.

Format

To meet the broad range of learning needs at the Conference and to ensure an interesting mix of speakers and conference sessions, submissions in the following formats will be considered: oral presentations, workshops, plenaries, and posters. However, we remain open to suggestions; please contact the committee with ideas which fall outside of the formats described below.

  1. Oral presentation

  2. Oral presentations are brief informational sessions focused on current research or advocacy efforts. Up to 2 speakers may present. Presentations should be dynamic and well-rehearsed, limited to 20 minutes of speaking, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

  3. Workshop or Panel

  4. Workshops allow professionals to develop applicable or hands-on skills, and are appropriate for such topics as clinical skills, advocacy efforts, or developing social justice competency. Audience participation is a requirement, and as such, workshops should involve active engagement of participants through small group activities, exercises, or other active learning approaches.

    Panels involve a moderated discussion with multiple expert speakers, each sharing their unique perspective on a topic of interest, wherein diversity of experiences is particularly valued. This format is particularly well suited to addressing issues highlighting diverse opinions and/or current debates in the field. Workshops and panels are limited to 60 minutes, and to 4 speakers (with the addition of one moderator, in the case of panel presentations).

  5. Plenary

  6. A limited number of longer, more in depth plenary sessions will be available for attendees. Plenaries may involve up to 3 speakers, and are limited to 60 minutes, with 45 minutes permitted for oral presentation, and 15 reserved for interactive discussion. Plenary sessions are intended to accommodate all conference delegates. Topics should resonate with all, regardless of area of practice, or be inspirational in nature. Plenary sessions are designed to set the tone for the conference, and as such are expected to relate closely to the Conference’s theme. All plenary presentations should explicitly describe how the proposed topic relates to the conference’s theme, and how speakers will incorporate an intersectional lens into their presentation.

  7. Poster

Submissions that focus on a single research study, program, or experience-sharing, are best submitted as research abstracts.

***Note: Some sessions may be selected to run concurrently, with conference delegates electing which sessions to attend. Sessions selected to run concurrently may be tailored to different levels of experience and appeal to different interest subgroups of delegates. We are particularly looking for topics related to intersectionality at different levels of learning (e.g. an introductory stream and an advanced stream).

Submission Process

Preference will be given to presentations which relate most closely to the chosen conference theme, as well as those which provide the opportunity for growth and new insights for conference attendees.

Title

Each session must be given a short, creative title which summarizes the focus of the session.

Description

Provide a concise abstract statement (max 300 words, no bullet points) explaining the intent of the session. This should reflect the background, content, and stated objectives of the session. Please include the presentation format you will be using (e.g. plenary, oral presentation, workshop, or poster). If you are willing to present in multiple formats (e.g. first choice is oral presentation, second choice is poster), please specify this.

Learning Objectives or Experientials Goals

  • Provide two to three specific objectives describing the expected/desired outcomes resulting from the session.

  • Learning objectives should highlight applications of the session to professional practice.

  • They should be able to complete the following statement with a measurable verb:

    • After this presentation, the attendee should be able to …

Speaker and Biographical Information


A brief (less than 75 words) biographical description and current contact information must be provided for each speaker, for inclusion in marketing materials. This biography should highlight the speaker’s research, work or advocacy experience, and expertise related to the topic. Each speaker must also submit a curriculum vitae or resume.

  • It is not mandatory for speakers to be ASDAH members

  • ASDAH welcomes ‘new experts’ as well as seasoned HAES® practitioners to submit.

  • ASDAH also welcomes people who are not necessarily HAES® practitioners, but who have lived experiences in larger bodies

  • ASDAH also welcomes people with multiple experiences and identities to submit.

  • All speakers must be willing to have their sessions recorded.

  • Speakers requiring accommodations welcomed to submit. Please clarify the specific accommodations needed in your abstract proposal.

 

Proposals which do not meet these requirements and will be returned for revision prior to consideration.

 

Submit your proposal for review no later than December 21, 2017:

 

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Email any questions to asdahconf2018@gmail.com. 

 

Learn about potential speaker costs here

 

*** Some sessions may be selected to run concurrently, with conference delegates electing which sessions to attend. Sessions selected to run concurrently may be tailored to different levels of experience and appeal to different interest subgroups of delegates. We are particularly looking for topics related to intersectionality at different levels of learning (e.g. an introductory stream and an advanced stream).

 

***A limited scholarship fund has been established to help defray the costs of conference attendance for those needing additional assistance. Details to follow. For specific questions, please email asdahconf2018@gmail.com. ***

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