About the Journal
Aletheia was founded in 2020 by four Arts & Science students who wanted to highlight the amazing work produced in the program and provide Arts & Science students with valuable experience as either Peer Reviewers or published Authors.
Welcome to the fourth edition of Aletheia— a student-led, peer-reviewed journal showcasing written works from students in McMaster’s Arts & Science program. In this edition, we are excited to share a diverse array of papers written in Arts & Science courses from the Fall 2021 term, reviewed carefully this semester by our team of Peer Reviewers.
The theme for this edition of the journal is “identity”. This theme is central to our society, permeating our view of ourselves, others, and our communities. In this edition, with the theme of Identity, we are looking for papers that address the complexities that arise between how one identifies or is identified, and how they then are situated within society. These papers may explore the components that make up an individual, how people choose to identify themselves, or what level of autonomy one has in defining the self. The journal encompasses papers from Literature, Global Challenges and Diversity and Human Rights.
Zahra: It has been a pleasure working on Aletheia for the past two years and I am grateful that I have been able to watch it grow from an idea of two optimistic third years, and two keen first years into a fruitful showcase of Artsci talent. Thank you to all the reviewers and authors this year that made this another successful year for Aletheia!
Vanessa: I have been honoured to have the opportunity to be part of this editorial board this past year. It has been a wonderful journey to see how Aletheia has grown and changed, amidst a very chaotic two years. Thank you to all the authors who submitted a piece for the journal. From first year to fifth year, we have received a wide range of amazing submissions that reflect the ingenuity of the Arts & Science community. A huge thank you to our peer reviewers who have dedicated their time and efforts to maximizing the potential of this peer-reviewed journal. Thank you to Bohmee, who has once again blown us away with her creativity and talents. Finally, thank you to Zahra, Micah, and Oishee, for being a fantastic team to work with over these past few months.
Micah: I am excited to see the excellence of Arts and Science students showcased yet again in another edition of our wonderful journal. It has been an honour to serve as co-Editor-In-Chief this past year, and I am excited to see where it is taken in the years to come. A huge thank you to the peer reviewers who dedicated many hours during busy semesters to help our authors to publish their best possible work. A huge thank you also to the rest of the Aletheia team who have each been wonderful to work with and incredibly dedicated to Aletheia. To all of the readers, I hope that you enjoy this edition of Aletheia. We have some interesting perspectives and pieces of work at an impressive level of depth and analysis in the many different areas of study that Arts and Science students pursue. Your journey through the journal will not disappoint.
Oishee: A huge thank you to everyone working on the staff and editorial team of Aletheia, as well as the authors and readers for making this journal so wonderful! Witnessing the growth of this journal over the past two years has been a meaningful experience, and I hope you enjoy reading this edition as much as I have.
To the authors involved in this edition, thank you for your openness to feedback and patience throughout the review process. To the Peer Reviewers, thank you for taking the time to provide such thorough and thoughtful revisions during the busiest times of the school year. And we remain so grateful for the creativity and dedication of our graphics team in putting this publication together.
Thank you for taking the time to check out the journal. We hope you enjoy it!