Mei Whattam– Chief Editor
The dictionary defines Humanities as ‘an academic focus that studies aspects of human society and culture’. Yet humanities are so much more. In a world that is current, and sometimes even urgent, humanities embody both the past and the future through a plethora of academic pursuits that provide a key to an innate love of learning. The humanities incorporate a multitude of disciplines under a single roof, amalgamating studies that emanate from different origins and supplying an ongoing opportunity for fresh discovery and the enrichment of knowledge. Humanities indubitably form the basis of our world.
In this publication I aim to embody the ethos of the humanities: through participation in learning and the broadening of our mindsets far beyond the scope of a school curriculum, fields of study once unheard of can become deeply-ingrained passions. From the 1940 African Campaign to the fallacy of democracy, the sheer range of topics you can unearth are endless. Allow yourself to become immersed in the philosophy of Richard Dawkings, the ‘fons et origo’ of Eastern Naval feminism, the brutal pillaging of Genghis Khan in 12th Century Mongolia, and so much more. Open your mind to the reverie and zeal so inherently attached to humanities: enjoy the first edition of what I hope will become a long-established part of academic life at GSAL.
At this moment in time, I would like to thank all of the authors who have already contributed to the Journal, and have toiled in their careful research and crafted articles; your publications form the heart of this project, and I am filled with gratitude at your ambassadorship and conscientiousness.
As this editorial welcome draws to a close, I will leave you with this powerful sentiment:
Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter.Your knowledge is nothing when no one else knows that you know it.
Pick up a pen. Write. Be inspired.
To get involved, please feel free to contact me here or via my school email, or speak to either me or Mr Dodd in school if you have any other queries. If you would like to be added to the mailing list or Team, please do get in touch. MW