Meet the new team!

The 2019 ANSA Executive was chosen at the 2018 AAS Conference ‘Life in an Age of Death’ held at James Cook University in Queensland. We’re all very excited for the year to come, and thought we’d tell you a little about ourselves as we begin to delve into our responsibilities for the year.

Hanna Jagtenberg – President

Hi all! My name is Hanna and I’m currently in the final year of my PhD at Adelaide University. My research focuses on South African immigrants in Australia of the Afrikaner/Afrikaans sub-group who have moved here in the post-apartheid era.
Yes, because I lived in South Africa for a while 😉 (and no, I’m not South African myself), where I met so many of them who were making the move.
Thus, I’m interested to understand how people manage major socio-political change and its consequences, and how different types of experiences of loss work out similarly in terms of grief, mourning and meaning-making.
But it doesn’t end there, of course. How much space do I have..? 😉 I spend my leisure time with my kids, mostly at the beach and in any case as much as possible outdoors. If I have more spare time (somehow?), you will find me amongst friends, with my partner, FaceTiming relatives and friends in various different parts of the world, or, in really stolen hours, op-shopping 🙂

Alessandra Prunotto – Secretary

Anthropologists are usually the ones taking pictures of those we’re learning from. In this photo, roles are reversed – a Melbournian geocacher takes a photo of me, a student anthropologist at work! My Honours thesis, freshly completed, examined how players of a mobile locative game called geocaching experience urban public space.
It was fascinating to observe the ways in which tangles of social relations spilled online and offline, shaping the ways people perceived and interacted with their environment. In the future, I want to do research with some kind of applied relevance – maybe in environmental or medical anthropology.
At the moment, I’m working as a graduate at a research company, supporting projects that range from understanding experiences of bowel cancer screening programs to designing digital banking services. On the side, I’m keen to write and produce podcasts about anthropology for a general audience. Through  my role on the ANSA Exec, I hope to advocate for public anthropology activities and careers that reach beyond academia.

Alice Leggett – Web Officer

Hi friends! My name is Alice Leggett and I’m a recent Master of Research graduate in the fields of anthropology and sociology. Based at the University of Western Australia, my research thesis focused on the role of storytelling and identity performance in a small Jewish community in Perth.
As a young Jewish gal in isolated Perth, I’ve always been interested in the unique ways in which individuals and communities navigate minority identities in modern Australia. My PhD research, which I’ll hopefully be starting midway through the year, will most likely expand upon this topic and bring in an exploration of gendered Jewishness. Additionally, I’m fortunate enough to have had internships in the Native Title sector and have worked as an anthropologist in remote Indigenous communities in both the Kimberleys and Central Desert regions.
In the meantime I work as a barista at a cute little coffee shop, and in my free time I love to paint, go on adventures with my friends and have a good nap. I’m passionate about creating positive social change and fostering important dialogue surrounding serious issues, and hope that any future research I undertake can contribute meaningfully to social discourse.

Aqua Hastings – Liaison Officer

My doctoral thesis explores the role of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in a remote part of Australia. These medicines have a remarkably high usage out here. In the remote area that is the focus of my research, locals say the land sings people to it. I have been sung.
I came for six weeks to collect data and now I live and work here. I work here as a naturopath and also as a cameleer.
In my spare time I sing with a local desert choir and pore over maps of inland Australia. Currently, we’re yarning – local healers and I – about how we might work together to make health more accessible in remote communities. Now, if I could just combine naturopathy, camels and country…

Jacob Malouf-Grice – Web Officer

Hello everyone! I’m a Phd student at the University of Sydney and I’m researching the people involved in Sydney’s queer gaming communities. My research began with an Honours thesis that investigated vloggers who make ‘let’s play’ videos online. With my interest in online gaming communities sparked, I set off on the 370 bus and explored deep into Sydney’s concrete jungle to find one in real life.  
Since I started my fieldwork, I have become an admin of Sydney Gaymers, spent more time in bars than ever before in my life (that’s saying something) and played around 200 hours of Dungeons and Dragons. Being a gamer myself, I’m very excited to tell the stories of other queer gamers.
I’m hoping to contribute what I can to the ongoing fight to take anthropology out of the hands of the powerful and use it to amplify the voices of the marginalised. In my spare time you can find me catching up on sleep, cosplaying, or, Geertz forbid, playing video games.