Experimenting with Fat(s), Muscle(s), and Movement in Early Childhood Education

Nicole Land’s doctoral research engages fat(s) and muscle(s) as generative and surprising matters, assembled and performed within the productive, consequential, and entangled “traffic in biology” (Wilson, 2010). This project wonders what possibilities for engaging with fat in early childhood education might emerge if we refuse to submit fat to the predominant logic of obesity: if fat is no longer only stable, inert, or dangerous, how can fat matter in early childhood education? How can we attend to how fat moves, matters, and happens in early childhood education? How might thinking with fat reconfigure our political and ethical practices of, and with, bodies, muscles, and fat?



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