Get to know the ANSA Executive in a little more detail:


Hi, everyone! My name is Hanne (pronounced as Hanna, but Danish spelling), and I’m in my final year of my PhD at University of Queensland. My research is on asylum seekers living in Australian communities, and how they deal with the new “fast track” refugee processing for “unauthorised maritime arrivals”.
I am interested in the dialogue of rights, the intersectional, gendered effects of government refugee policy; the phenomenon of citizenship conditionality as part of a post-colonial national imaginary; and issues regarding access to training, education and work for refugees on temporary visas. I am keen to see Anthropology utilised more broadly across society, beyond its applied and academic fields. Volunteering with refugee and asylum seekers in Brisbane for the past six years, I’m also a keen “urban farmer”, and I love making stuff – whether it’s writing, cooking, knitting, sewing, or upcycling op shop treasures. Choir is a refuge from the madness of the world, and having a good sing with my mates is pure therapy. Best of all, I love being in nature as much as possible.


Profile coming soon 🙂


My name is Leela (pronounced as it's spelled), and I recently finished my honours in anthropology at the University of Queensland. My thesis examined the self-produced media of the all-women Kurdish militias (known as 'Women's Protection Units - in Kurdish Yekîneyên Parastina Jin or YPJ). I am interested in political anthropology, and the way that our discipline can bring light to the ways that communities create their own security and engage in collective future building. I am especially interested in the stories of women engaging these concepts for themselves or the benefit of their respective societies.
Anthropology has been a passion of mine since I was young, before I even really understood what it was. I am so grateful that I get to work in an area that has so much potential for creating space for those voices and experiences that are often, to everyone's detriment, left unheard.
Outside of academia I have many interests. I love utopian sci-fi (hello fellow Star Trek fans!). I have a great love of music and play bassoon in local orchestras in my spare time. I have also been a dancer for most of my life. I am also a passionate activist and engage a range of different activist groups around Brisbane.