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Sloth version4Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies

As part of our efforts to reach out to students with an interest in human-animal studies, the ASI has created this journal for undergraduate students to publish their papers, book and film reviews, and other work.

Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers. Read the first issue here!

Sloth is a refereed and selective journal. All articles submitted to Sloth pass through a four-stage peer review and revision process: (1) the article is initially reviewed by either the humanities or social science editor of Sloth; (2) if it is judged to be potentially publishable, then the article is sent to two reviewers; (3) if the outside reviews are positive, the student author will be asked to revise the article for publication; (4) the article will go through a final copy editing stage, if needed.

Sloth takes its name from arboreal animals native to Central and South America known for their relatively slow, careful movements. Because of their unhurried nature, sloths are often stereotyped as dull-witted, sluggish, and lazy; the animal was named, in fact, after one of the seven deadly sins. Yet the deliberate movements of sloths are a beneficial adaptation, making them very successful animals in the rainforest environment. By conserving energy, sloths have survived while other animals have gone extinct. A salute to these and other misunderstood creatures, Sloth encourages our contributors to think and write purposefully about the animals-individuals and species-with whom we share this planet and to engage critically and creatively with more-than-human ways of being in the world.

“Sloths have no right to be living on this earth, but they would be fitting inhabitants of Mars, whose year is over six hundred days long.” William Beebe (1926)


Kelly Enright, Assistant Professor of History, Director of Public History, Flagler College

Kara Kendall-Morwick, Assistant Professor of English, Washburn University

Advisory Council:

Margo DeMello, Human Animal Studies Program Director, Animals and Society Institute

Eric Greene, Founder, Family Spirals; Principal, EverGreene Consulting

Cheryl Joseph, Professor of Sociology, Notre Dame de Namur University

Christina Risley Curtiss, Associate Professor of Social Work, Arizona State University

Ken Shapiro, Founder and Editor, Society & Animals, President, Animals and Society Institute

Nik Taylor, Associate Professor in Sociology, Flinders University

Associate Editors:

Stephan Blatti, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director, Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, University of Memphis

Alaistair Hunt, Assistant Professor of English, Portland State University

Eliza Ruiz Izaguirre, Veterinarian and Recent PhD, Waginingen University

Tom Tyler, Senior Lecturer, Philosophy and Culture Oxford Brookes University

Joshua Russell, Assistant Professor, Canisius College Anthrozoology Program

Lisa Kane, Co-Founder, Coalition for Captive Elephant Well Being

Joshua Kercsmar, PhD Candidate, History Department, University of Notre Dame

Ann Marie Thornburg, Lecturer, English, Language & Literature, University of Michigan

Richie Nimmo, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Hayley Glaholt, Mediation Intern, Riverdale Mediation Ltd.

Joel MacClellan, Visiting Assistant Professor, Loyola University New Orleans


Submission and formatting instructions can be found here.

Next issue submission deadline: August 15, 2015


Sloth, Volume I, No. 1, March 2015