Volume 1, Issue 1

Dear Reader,

We are thrilled to announce that the Canadian Journal for the Academic Mind has just published its inaugural issue, marking the beginning of an exciting journey in academic exploration. You can access the complete issue on our website by visiting http://academicmind.ca/issue1.


Message from the Editor-in-Chief

I am thrilled to introduce to you the inaugural issue of the Canadian Journal for the Academic Mind. My name is Nir Hagigi, and as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, I would like to take this moment to thank all of the brilliant minds that have contributed to the successful launch of our first issue.

CJAM is a multidisciplinary, open-access journal committed to fostering intellectual conversations and the open exchange of knowledge, insights, and ideas. We aim to connect minds and push the boundaries of academic thought – and our remarkable authors have exemplified just that. However, this success could have never been achieved without our incredible faculty advisors. Thank you to Dr. Katharine Bausch, Dr. Mary Francoli, Dr. Michelle MacDonald, and our newest advisor, Dr. Anne MacLennan, for your dedication and support of this project.

In this inaugural issue, you’ll find articles that embrace a feminist framework and address pressing issues related to incarceration, the climate crisis, and even Mpox. We encourage you to engage with these articles, share your insights, and consider contributing your research in future editions. Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey of intellectual exploration. Your readership and support are essential to our success.


Table of Contents

We invite you to explore the Table of Contents for this issue, which will provide you with an overview of the diverse range of articles and topics covered.


Public Affairs
  • Public Sector Contribution to Vaccine Research and Development
  • Mass Incarceration and Its Devastating Effects
  • Indigenous Incarceration in Canada
  • No More Cattle?
  • High Stakes
Arts & Humanities
  • Mediating Unresolved Conflict Through Dominant News Discourse
  • On the Biopolitics of Suicide
  • Unveiling the Veiled Narratives
  • Phonological Differences Across Varieties of Latin American Spanish
  • Confronting Propaganda
Natural & Applied Sciences
  • From Primate Myth to Global Concern
  • Drawing Insights from the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Detecting Parkinson’s Disease Using Machine Learning from Movement


The bell hooks Intersection Scholarship Award

The bell hooks Intersectional Scholarship Award symbolizes a commitment to scholarship that addresses the complex tapestry of human experiences, challenges the status quo, and contributes to the creation of a more inclusive and just world. It stands as a beacon of inspiration for scholars who, like bell hooks, envision academia as a powerful platform for shaping a better future.

The inaugural holder of this award is Alisa Faingersh, who was chosen not only for embracing the complexities of intersecting identities and social systems but also for pushing the boundaries of knowledge to unravel the intricate threads of oppression and privilege. Alisa’s article, Confronting Propaganda: Performative Pedagogy as Transgender Resistance, truly encapsulates and embodies hooks’ ideals.

To read more about this award, visit http://academicmind.ca/bellhooks.


Upcoming Call for Submissions

If you have an article that you would like to share with the academic community, our journal is now open for submissions. Please note that we have not yet initiated our “call for submissions” for the second issue and that articles will not yet be evaluated. Find all the submission details on our website.



We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated peer reviewers, sponsors, and supporters whose unwavering commitment made this inaugural issue possible. We are grateful to the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs for their generous grant, which has been instrumental in enabling us to bring this publication to fruition. Additionally, we extend our sincere thanks to the Barrie Crossing Dental Centre for their invaluable donation, which significantly contributed to the success of our endeavour.


Thank you for being a part of our academic community. We look forward to your continued support and engagement with the Canadian Journal for the Academic Mind.