“Sociology is part of the seeing of other animals and, although still somewhat marginal to sociology, that sociological seeing is changing things in sociology. However, it is not just seeing other animals that should be a central component of sociology; the role of sociology in countering the oppression of other animals is also pertinent.”
– Kay Peggs, Animals and Sociology (Palgrave 2012)
Student Journal for Vegan Sociology is inviting papers to be featured in our first edition of the new student-centered journal. Housed in the International Association for Vegan Sociologists, we are calling for new ways of human and nonhuman animal interactions, encounters and ways of being. We would like to compile a collection of sociological papers that explore the question of nonhuman animal suffering and injustice through a variety of perspectives, which include: Coexistence, rewilding, ethics, entertainment, sport, food and more. We would particularly like to see a global presence of papers and voices that are underrepresented in the community.
We especially welcome novel student research and compelling new perspectives in vegan sociology. We recognize that student work can often be compelling, innovative, and of interest to the field, but often goes unrecognized. The aim of this journal is to spotlight student contributions to the scholarly pursuit of veganism and animal liberation.
Submissions should respect the ethos of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists. As such, papers should be in accordance with anti-speciesist or vegan principles, respect nonhuman personhood, and ally with nonhuman liberation.
Papers can be research-based or essay in style. We anticipate a range of papers for submission, between 2,000 and 5,000 words, using ASA citation style. Papers should have an abstract and running headers and be separate from the title page, which should also include the running header as well as the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), department(s), institutional address(s), and email address(s). Please do not include the author(s) name(s) on the submitted manuscript.
Please submit papers (and title page) to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 19th, 2021. Papers will go through the editorial team and are subject to a blinded peer review.
This is an annual publication. We regret that only the best quality submissions can be accepted for publication.
Faculty Advisory Board
- Jennifer Rebecca Schauer, Boston College (Chair)
- Matthew Cole, Open University
- Jessica Greenebaum, Central Connecticut State University
- Zoei Sutton, University of Adelaide
- Corey Wrenn, University of Kent
Student Editorial Team
Lynda M. Korimboccus (Editor in Chief) holds a Masters in Anthrozoology from the University of Exeter. She gained both BSc (Hons) in Politics & Sociology and BA (Hons) in Philosophy & Psychology with the OU. A committed ethical vegan and grassroots activist since 1999, she also works as a Social Sciences Lecturer in Scottish Further Education. A prospective PhD candidate in Sociology, she is committed to making academia accessible to all, from both Open Access and PlainEnglish perspectives. Author of “The Peppa Pig Paradox,” her research interests are primarily the representation of animals in society, particularly children’s television; wider vegan studies; and the mixed-race experience.
Sarah Burton is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. Her research interests centre around identity theory and the sociology of the everyday. Sarah’s previous research studies have explored the nature of intersectional identities and their manifestations in the site of the everyday. Sarah’s teaching experience includes two years of lecturing across undergraduate and master’s level sociology modules covering topics of ‘social structure and social life’, ‘thinking sociologically’, ‘the body and society’, and ‘social methodologies’. She is in her second year of her PhD project entitled: ‘Becoming-vegan: a sociological exploration into vegan identities’ and is supervised by Dr. Jane Pilcher, Dr. Kate Stewart, and Dr. Stefanie Petschick.
Katherine Calvert is a PhD candidate in Sociology from Deakin University. She is interested in exploring how power is invested in human interactions with other animals and how concepts of resistance and agency are constructed to maintain and normalise exploitative relations. Her PhD project arises from these themes and her long interest and experience with horses and aims to include and centre the horses in the methodology. The project focuses on comparisons between riders and those who have ceased riding and whether they have different ontologies of their horses depending on type of use and how this is physically manifested in their everyday interactions.
Daria Healey is a senior Honors student at Boston College pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sociology. Having grown up in the seaside town of Hull, Massachusetts, she developed an early appreciation for the living laboratory in her surroundings, which she channeled into serving as a founding member of her high school’s Green Team. She was also class president and salutatorian. While studying at Boston College, Daria also facilitated summer educational programs on the Boston Harbor Islands and worked as an educational interpreter at the Franklin Park Zoo. Her current research includes a senior thesis evaluating the educational mission and patron engagement at the Franklin Park Zoo, as well as a visual analysis of African lion hunting through her undergraduate research fellowship.
Maria Martelli is an independent researcher working from within the intersection of posthumanist, feminist and antispeciesist theories. She has an MA in Advanced Sociological Research at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Babeș-Bolyai, Romania, with a thesis that offers a critique of how anthropocentrism is shaping the sustainable development goals, particularly those of education for sustainable development. Currently, she is a member of the Institute for Social Solidarity, a network of researchers preoccupied with social inequality, and works on hybrid and collaborative video-essays at just wondering.
Rachel Lamarche M.A. is a PhD candidate and Lecturer within the RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles examining the relationship between Veganism and Fashion from various angles including the impacts and opportunities for the fashion industry, and implications for both consumer purchasing behaviour and identity projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fashion business from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s degree in Arts management from RMIT University. She worked as a stylist in Montreal, Canada, and in public relations at luxury fashion house Stella McCartney in New York and Paris before moving to Australia in 2013. She is a writer for Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases.
Sarah May Lindsay (she/her) is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Sociology at McMaster University. Ms. Lindsay’s research areas include human-nonhuman animal relations; human and nonhuman animal shelters and housing; nonhuman companion animals; nonhuman animal use and abuse (abolitionism); environmentalism and social movements; disability, “disease”, and deviance; and speciesism. Ms. Lindsay’s dissertation research surveys companion animal co-sheltering policies and practices at women’s emergency shelters in Ontario, Canada. Ms. Lindsay is also co-chair of CSA’s Animals in Society research cluster; elected council to the ASA’s Animals and Society section; a member of the Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group (AIPARG) and the International Association of Vegan Sociologists; and a co-organizer of the inaugural international animal sociology conference, Wordly Togetherness.
Renelle McGlacken is a PhD student based in the University of Nottingham’s School of Sociology and Social Policy, looking at everyday understandings of animal research with particular interests in processes of knowing and caring. To explore how the topic of animal research is related to, Renelle uses archival documents from the Mass Observation Project, a national life writing project which explores ‘everyday life’ in the UK. Their PhD is part of a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award bringing together 5 UK universities under the programme ‘The Animal Research Nexus: Changing Constitutions of Science, Health and Welfare’ (AnNex).
Nicole Raleigh is an MA student in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Editor of the vegan lifestyle magazine, Just Natural Health & Beauty, she is passionate about eco-criticism and animal studies, interested especially in non-human animal exploitation within feminist fiction. Her dissertative research interests are centred on translation studies and interarts intertextuality.
Norm Riley is an MA student in Sociological Research Methods at the University of Essex. He completed an MSc in Human Rights at the LSE in 2018. He is interested in perceptions of male vegans in hyper-masculine environments and intends to undertake PhD research exploring why working-class adult males in the United Kingdom might be resistant to reducing consumption of animal-derived foods. He gives vegan cookery demos and talks at comprehensive schools for Animal Aid, produces the Football and Society podcast and contributes to the independent football organisation, True Faith.
Gillian Moise is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis, whose areas of study include race, animals and society, environmental sociology, and social movements. Currently, Gillian is working on a dissertation project using original data gleaned from in-depth, semi-structured qualitative interviews with fellow Black vegans in order to better understand their experiences, explore their motivations for choosing the vegan lifestyle, and uncover how they make meaning of the relationship between racism and speciesism. Prior to starting her degree program at UC Davis, Gillian earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. John’s University and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University. Additionally, Gillian spent over a decade working as an educator and administrator serving school-aged children from marginalized communities in several cities across the United States.