About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Humanity is an online journal which publishes papers presented at the Newcastle-Macquarie Humanities Postgraduate Symposium (NewMac). 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 NewMac 2017 theme is 'Making a Mark' and the current Humanity call for papers theme is 'Chrysalis'. This call for papers is open to all Humanities post-graduate students across any Australian University.

We have selected this theme with one thing in mind: change and innovation. As a journal that promotes interdisciplinary research and aims to provide a platform to showcase postgraduate student research, we endeavoured to select a theme that would inspire students to consider how they are taking old ideas and making them new again, transforming the caterpillar into the butterfly.

The Humanity team invites postgraduate students from across the humanities and social science disciplines across all Australian Universities to consider how their research builds on existing ideas, or reinvents old ideas to create something new and innovative.

Peer Review Process

The NewMac team are committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then undergo a double-blind peer-review by anonymous expert referees. The initial reviewer recommendation period can be up to one month, with the double-blind peer review process lasting up to three months. Authors are notified of the outcome of a review via email.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

2017 Call for Papers - closes 31 October

Call for Papers


The NewMac Postgraduate Symposium is an inter-disciplinary humanities conference organised by Higher Degree Research Candidates at Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle.