Fat Activist Vernacular: eBook Launch

LADA is delighted to mark the launch of Fat Activist Vernacular, a new eBook by Dr Charlotte Cooper exploring fat activist language, with this event at the Garrett Centre. The evening will feature  an interview with Charlotte, fat readings and a fat discussion.

About the book

Health and medicine are not the only ways of understanding fat, it is also a richly subjective and cultural experience as the massively expanded and revised edition of Fat Activist Vernacular demonstrates.

Originally published in 2016, the best-selling zine, now an eBook, is a collection of words, phrases and concepts exploring fat activist sensibility. It is written by Dr Charlotte Cooper, whose background in sociology, psychology, live art and activism underpins the work.

With over 600 entries, from Adiposer to Zaftig, the Vernacular represents grassroots knowledge and the voices and ideas of fat people themselves who are often overlooked in the current public debate about obesity.

Intended as a fun read with a serious message, the Vernacular stems from queer, feminist, DIY fat activism. This social and cultural movement has been active since the 1960s, according to the author’s research.

Fat Activist Vernacular offers subversive ways for people of all sizes to describe their thoughts and experiences. It also encourages people to think about activism and culture-making through language.

About the author

Dr Charlotte Cooper is a psychotherapist and cultural worker living and working in East London, UK. She has been making zines for the past 30 years. Her research and writing on fat defies categorisation. She published Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement with HammerOn Press in 2016. She performs as Homosexual Death Drive.

Buy 'Fat Activist Vernacular'

Fat Activist Vernacular features over 600 entries exploring fat activist sensibility. It is available to purchase as an eBook from Unbound, LADA’s bookshop.

Buy on Unbound

Banner image credit:

Homosexual Death Drive at LADA Festive Fair 2019. Photo by Alex Eisenberg.

Latest events

Sheila Ghelani and Sue Palmer – Common Salt

23 Apr 2020

Common Salt is a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’ – exploring the colonial, geographical history of England and India.

Read more

Live Art Now 2020

06 Apr 2020

An evening of artists’ presentations on the practice of Live Art and the 2nd Annual Live Art Lecture on the politics of Live Art by Morgan Quaintance.

Read more

An Evening with Sheree Rose

02 Apr 2020

An evening featuring the legendary performance artist, photographer and dominatrix Sheree Rose.

Read more

On Magic: LADA Screens and Study Room Guide Launch

26 Mar 2020

A magical double bill – a screening of Tim Bromage’s new film The Lord of Misrule and the launch of Tom Cassani’s LADA Study Room Guide Deception, Performance Magic, Hoaxes, Pranks and Tricks.

Read more

Enduring Turkey: performance videos from Turkey and its diaspora

17 Mar 2020

“Enduring Turkey: A Selection of Endurance Performance Videos from Turkey and its Diaspora” Presented by Queer Art Projects in partnership with CUNTemporary.

Read more

International Womxn’s Day 2020: Wikipedia Edit-athon

05 Mar 2020

Drop in to an all-day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to gender, feminism, and the arts. Beginner Wikipedians encouraged!

Read more

Go By The Book

25 Feb 2020

A celebration to launch Joshua Sofaer: Performance | Objects | Participation ed. by Roberta Mock and Mary Paterson.

Read more