2018: Chrysalis

Humanity is a postgraduate student journal run by the University of Newcastle and Macquarie University for the humanities and social science disciplines. The theme for the upcoming issue of Humanity will be ‘Chrysalis’.

The word ‘chrysalis’ comes from the 17th Century Greek word for ‘gold’, which represents the hard, metallic sheen on the pupae of the emerging butterfly. The caterpillar builds its chrysalis, and weeks later emerges as a beautiful creature that was long believed to be something completely unrelated to the humble caterpillar. Just as the caterpillar evolves itself into something different and (arguably) more beautiful, so too does the HDR student undergo many an evolution.

There are numerous evolutions associated with the HDR experience. Most obviously is that of the HDR experience, where the student evolves into the teacher, the bearer of knowledge. More importantly, perhaps, is the evolution of knowledge and ideas. As HDR students, it is our mission to contribute new and upcoming ideas to our respective fields. This process takes old ideas, forgotten ideas, stale ideas and transforms them into new, exciting and innovative contributions to the world of research.

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.

Published: 2018-04-25