The individuals who have contributed to this project in its various states are
numerous. Centering Animals in Latin American History began as a confer-
ence panel titled ‘‘Animals, Colonialism, and the Atlantic World’’ for the
2006 annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, which took
place in Williamsburg, Virginia. We are grateful to the participants and au-
dience members for their questions and especially for their enthusiasm. As
the edited volume slowly took shape over the years, a number of individuals
influenced the directions the project took. We are especially grateful to
Roger Gathman, for his perceptive comments and feedback, and to Erica
Fudge, for graciously offering to write the foreword to the volume. In the
broader fields of critical animal studies and sexuality studies, Zeb Tortorici
and Martha Few want to thank the following individuals for their encour-
agement and support: Margo DeMello, Robin Derby, Georgina Dopico
Black, Gabriel Giorgi, Susan Kellogg, Marcy Norton, Pete Sigal, and Neil L.
Research for Tortorici’s chapter in this volume was made possible by
generous funding from the Animals and Society Institute (http://www, where he was a visiting fellow at North Carolina
State University in the summer of 2007. Ken Shapiro and Tom Regan were
absolutely crucial to the success of this summer institute. For pushing him
to think more critically (in both theory and practice) about the relation-
ships between humans and other animals, and for sharing wonderful con-
versation over countless vegan meals, Zeb is especially grateful to Osvaldo
Gómez, Joanne Lin, Scott Lucas, Jennifer Ly, Yuki Maeda, Tom and Nancy
Regan, Frederico Santos Soares de Freitas, Su Anne Takeda, Danielle Terra-
zas Williams, Richard Twine, and Tom Tyler.
Research for Few’s chapter in this volume was made possible with fund-
ing from the History Department and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
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