The Journal of the Newcastle-Macquarie Humanities Postgraduate Symposium

Humanity is an online journal which publishes papers presented at the Newcastle-Macquarie Humanities Postgraduate Symposium. This symposium was first held in February 2007 and will be an annual event.

The symposium provides postgraduate students with the opportunity to develop a wider audience for their research and to take part in an exchange of ideas and methodologies that will broaden the research culture of both universities. It will also develop an understanding of the Humanities as a cohesive research community. The theme of the first inaugural symposium was The Power of Perceptions. 

The second NewMac Postgraduate Symposium on the Humanities, entitled 'Truth and Artifice' was held at the University of Newcastle on Saturday 23 February 2008 (Macquarie University having hosted the inaugural symposium in 2007). There were 68 registrations, 41 from Newcastle, 19 from Macquarie University, a few from other universities (UWS, UTS, UNE), and some not affiliated.      

Participants rated the event highly and found it a satisfying and stimulating day. Congratulations to the NewMac 2008 Organizing Committee - Peter Bower, Patrick Bryson, Sarah Minslow, Danuta Raine, Sandra Reeves - whose hard work and meticulous planning laid the groundwork for the symposium's success.

This year Humanity will also include fully refereed and peer-reviewed papers on the conference theme of ‘Truth and Artifice’ in addition to those papers presented at the conference.  

As well as providing a forum for postgraduate research in the Humanities, the journal aims to develop editorial, reviewing, and submission skills within the postgraduate community of the universities involved in NewMac (the University of Newcastle, Macquarie University, and the University of Western Sydney). Research Higher Degree students interested in participating as co-editors and referees should contact Danuta Raine