Fat Talks

I have a public life around fat through presentations, interviews and engagement by others.

Selected presentations

I have been invited to speak about fat at many national and international conferences, institutions and events including: Allied Media Conference, Antiuniversity Now, Canterbury Christ Church University, Concordia University, ESRC at Glasgow University, Goldsmiths University of London, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, International Association of Size Diversity and Health, King’s College London, London School of Economics, Macquarie University, National Portrait Gallery, NOLOSE, Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association, Queen’s University Belfast, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, The School of the Damned, Soggettiva, Warwick University, Women of the World Festival on the South Bank.

Cooper, C. (2011) Plenary: Fightin’ Dirty With The Chubsters. A Carnival of Feminist Cultural Activism. Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York. 5 March. (Read about it)

Cooper, C. (2012) The Queerness of Fat Activism. The Queerness of Fat Activism With Charlotte Cooper. Ryerson University at The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto. 26 June. (Read an account of this amazing event!)

Cooper, C. (2013) Women’s Center International Women’s Day Hangout. Oshkosh: University of Wisconsin. 8 March.

Cooper, C. (2013) Fat Talks Back. Women of the World Festival (WOW). London: Southbank Centre. 10 March. Read a report of the event.

Cooper, C. (2013) Community Panel: Confidence. Plus London. 3 November. Read a report of the session.

Cooper, C. (2013) Fat Sexualities. Gender and Sexuality Talks. 19 November. Read a report of the event.

Cooper, C. (2013) Dr Fat’s Show and Tell. Rainbow House: L-Fest/Fat Positivity Belgium. 26 November. Read a report of the event.

Cooper, C. (2013) Fat Activism. LaDIYfest Sheffield. 30 November. Read a report of the session.

Cooper, C. (2014) Chins Up: Fat and Performance. ScotteeInc and Arts Council England. The Hospital Club. 31 March. Listen to this talk.

Cooper, C. (2016) Fat Activism is Dangerous. Birkbeck University of London. 25 April. Listen to this talk.

Interviews about Fat

Carolin, L. (2009) Queer Tribe: The Girls In The Gang. DIVA. June. 20-21. Page spread (.pdf, 4.8mb)

Estrad, T. (2011). Charlotte Cooper. Una Buena Barba 3. Madrid. Available online: http://www.unabuenabarba.com/numeros-anteriores/ Unedited English version (.pdf, 96kb)

Hagen, S. (2017) 65. Charlotte Cooper – People want to see fat bodies dancing. Made of Human. 15 November. Available: https://www.madeofhumanpodcast.com/episodes/2017/11/15/65-charlotte-cooper-people-want-to-see-fat-bodies-dancing

Harjunen, H. (2011). Normality is Overrated. NormiHomoLehti. Finland. Available online: http://www.lehtiluukku.fi/pub?id=8694 Unedited English version (.pdf 88kb)

McAleer, P. (2005) ‘Three Quick Questions: Charlotte Cooper’, Big Fat Blog [online], available: http://www.bigfatblog.com/node/987

Smith, C. (2012) ‘Under the radar: Fat activism and the London 2012 Olympics, an interview with Charlotte Cooper’, Games Monitor [online], available: http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/node/1647

Voigts, I., Claus, G. & Schulz, N. (2009) ‘The Chubsters: Interview mit Charlotte Cooper’, Hugs and Kisses: tender to all gender. 5, 52-55. Available online: http://www.hugsandkissesonline.de/?p=1019 Reprinted: Voigts, I. & Claus, G. (2010) ‘Invasion of The Chubsters’, an.schläge, December/January: 20-21. Unedited English version (.pdf, 56kb)

Some public responses to my work

Meghann Rochester’s fantastic intervention:

Tweets from Meghann

And this:

Do you think of yourself as a fat activist?

Beth Ditto: Yes. It takes a really thick skin to do what I do, in the way that I’ve done it. But I realise I didn’t do anything first. I’m still looking up to [singer-songwriter and political activist] Nomy Lamm and [author] Charlotte Cooper – those girls are the bomb.

Mapes, J. (2012) ‘Beth Ditto Talks the Gossip’s New Album, Starting ‘the Ikea’ of Plus-Size Lines, and Her Beef With Karl Lagerfeld’, Vulture [online], available: http://www.vulture.com/2012/05/beth-ditto-has-beef-with-karl-lagerfeld.html