Get to know the ANSA Executive in a little more detail:
HANNE WORSOE: PRESIDENT
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.
BRONWYN SHEPHERD: SECRETARY
Hi, my name is Bronwyn and I am in my final year of a PhD at Deakin University. My research contributes to the historical scholarship on Aboriginal missions in Australia through detailed archival analysis, which draws on anthropological frameworks and theorists to propose new ways of using archives to analyse the historical construction of spaces and identities on missions. My focus is the Missions established by the Methodist churches during the early twentieth century amongst the Yolŋu people of northeast Arnhem Land, in North Australia. In particular, I am interested in the interactions, negotiations and connections which shaped the Milingimbi mission during the interwar period.
I enjoy learning about the worlds of anthropology, and I am eternally grateful for the many people I have encountered along my research journey, who have enriched my view by sharing their perspective and challenging my assumptions.
LEELA FORD: COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
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.
I am so grateful that I get to work in an area that can create 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 play bassoon in local orchestras in my spare time and have been a dancer for most of my life. I am also a passionate activist across many issues and engage a range of different activist groups around Brisbane.