COVID-19 Update for FSNZ20 (1 April 2020)

Unfortunately, FSNZ20 will not be able to take place in Auckland in June as planned. 

Luckily, both our of excellent keynotes (and most of our accepted presenters) have agreed to participate in an online conference.

We are currently talking to experts with experience in hosting academic conferences online, and will be providing updates as we design the experience.

We are also in discussion with the organisers of other annual Fat Studies streams in the USA that have been cancelled as well (for example, the PCA/ACA conference) to see if they would like to invite their planned presenters into our space; we may end up with a EXTRA FAT conference.

COVID-19 Update for FSNZ20 (1 March 2020)

As you might expect, we are taking the implications of COVID-19 very seriously. We are in regular contact with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), as well as with Massey University, in our ongoing efforts to assess the situation and provide a safe environment for Fat Studies: Past, Present, Futures. This is being done in the context of the evolving national and global conditions.

Useful links:


Ministry of Health:

Massey University:

At the time of this writing, FSNZ20 will go ahead as planned. Alongside our concerns for the wellbeing and safety of our fat community, we do not want to contribute to an acceleration of panic. And we acknowledge that broader elements of xenophobia and isolationism are being expressed under the guise of concern for some. We wish to promote solidarity within our community and support the livelihoods of the local communities in which we live and work. Our working principle is that scholarship and activism must continue, and meeting in-person is an essential component of this.

FSNZ is run every four years, and we would be dismayed at having to cancel the event (it would not be possible to reschedule to 2021). But we recognize that each of you will need to make a personal decision about how to participate in the conference. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available, and new advice is given by the MoH, the MoFO, and Massey University. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.


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