Animo is a quarterly humanities journal dedicated to providing a platform to marginalized voices in academia. It is the view of the Executive Board that the Humanities has long suffered from an exclusive elitism, which relegates interesting and deserving voices to the margins of scholarly discussion. Often it trades in jargon, which confounds, intimidates, at times masks a lack of substance, and nearly always discourages public engagement.
Animo means to push back against these corrosive tendencies in our discipline. We believe in the power of Humanities to enrich lives and communities. It is our intention here to circumvent the gatekeepers of the academy, making accessible to a broad pool of talented scholars and a broader public of readers the kinds of discussions that have long challenged and inspired us: how do human beings make meaning of their world in various cultural and historical circumstances?
What kinds of rhetorical and artistic tools are most effective in reckoning with the complexities of being in the world as a citizen, a community member, a family member, a human being? How can art fortify Man in his journey in the world? We have chosen the name Animo because of its multi-lingual, multi-cultural connotative plasticity. From the original Latin meaning “soul” or “mind,” it can also mean “courage” or “cheer” in Spanish; it recalls our dedication to charging the discipline with life and enthusiasm, animating the Humanities so that it does not present as stale, decadent, boring or elitist. We warmly invite submissions in any humanities discipline, so long as the contributor and her work stands in solidarity with our mission.
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