Fat Activism

In June, we celebrated the launch of Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement with a talk by its author Charlotte Cooper and screenings of short films.

kasia_swagga_wrestle1 image by Katarzyna Perlak

This exciting new book is the product of a four year doctoral research project to find out what it is that fat activists actually do. Charlotte satisfies this curiosity by taking a critical look at the movement, by talking to activists and by sifting through the archives. Inspiring and powerful, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement provides a refreshing take on fat people’s communities, histories and cultures as the war on obesity rages on. Scholarly yet accessible, Charlotte’s work is directed towards people who are already activists – or those who think they might like to be.


The launch coincided with a special screening of SWAGGA by Katarzyna Perlak, a dynamic dance film to which Charlotte contributed. SWAGGA showed to sell-out audiences in London last summer and a full production of the show will be performed live at this year’s DaDaFest in November.

Dr Charlotte Cooper is a qualified psychotherapist and cultural worker whose involvement with fat activism stretches back 30 years. She blogs at Obesity Timebomb. You can find out more about her at: http://CharlotteCooper.net

Thanks to the University of Liverpool’s engage@Liverpool team who provided support for the artist.

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