The Familiar Strangers

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Jodie-Lee Trembath

Jodie-Lee Trembath

Managing Editor

Jodie is one of the founders of TFS, and has been primarily responsible for public outreach and project management, as well as contributing content to the podcast and blog. Jodie is an organisational anthropologist, using her PhD research to study the changing nature of academic labour on global, neoliberal university campuses. She sees anthropology as a tool to think with and for exploring the human condition in all its messy, contingent glory.

See all of Jodie’s TFS posts here.

Dr Julia Brown

Dr Julia Brown

Digital Editor

Julia is a founding member of TFS. She manages our website content and is co-editor of the blog, as well as contributing regularly to the podcast. Her anthropological interests mostly include social inequities and experiences of health in western culture, STS and the ethics and philosophy of medicine. Julia’s PhD dissertation is titled ‘Making Health Agency: Clozapine, Schizophrenia, and Personal Power.’  She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. 

See all of Julia’s TFS posts here.

Ian Pollock

Ian Pollock

Contributing Editor

Ian is a founding member of TFS, and is the founding executive producer of the podcast (2017-2018), as well as regular contributor to the blog. Ian came to anthropology through history, museums, and development work. Ian’s interests include textiles and garments, value and exchange, and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, where he has spent much of his adult life.

See all of Ian’s TFS posts here.

Simon Theobald

Simon Theobald

Submissions Editor

Simon is a founding member of TFS, and is submissions manager and co-editor of the blog, as well as regular contributor to the podcast. Simon’s PhD research focuses on Utopianism and its legacies in contemporary Iran. He spent 14 months conducting fieldwork among young families in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city.

See all of Simon’s TFS posts here.

Deanna Catto

Deanna Catto

Multimedia Editor

Dee is our multi-media content manager and an executive producer for the TFS podcast. Dee has a BA/BSc from the ANU, and is doing her Honours in anthropology at the ANU in 2019. She is interested in all things anthropology, particularly the shifting nature of public spaces through the way people interact within them. Dee also has a passion for science communication, an addiction to coffee, and loves exploring the world around her (and cuddling her very fluffy cat).

Matthew Phung

Matthew Phung

Podcast Executive Producer

Matthew is an executive producer of the TFS podcast and technical co-ordinator for future projects. Matthew has a BSc, majoring in biology and psychology, from the ANU. He is currently doing a Master of Science Communication at the ANU. Matthew is very interested in communication of complex topics such as anthropology and some of the underlying principles of ethnography. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys partaking in combat sports and a nice chocolate milkshake.

Dr Natasha Fijn

Dr Natasha Fijn

Regular Contributor

Natasha Fijn manages the TFS Single Shot Series. She is an ethnographic researcher and observational filmmaker based at the ANU Mongolia Institute. She has conducted extensive field research in remote places, including the Khangai Mountains of Mongolia and Arnhem Land in northern Australia, focussing particularly on more-than-human sociality and concepts of domestication. She was awarded a Fejos Fellowship in Ethnographic Film, by the Wenner-Gren Foundation to make a documentary during 2017. Natasha was a Research Fellow as part of ‘Domestication in the Era of the Anthropocene’ at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo in 2016. Earlier, she held a College of the Arts and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the ANU (2011-2014). This ‘Encountering Animals’ project included the making of a film ‘Yolngu Homeland’ (2015). She has edited two books, the multimedia review section for TAPJA and two themed journal issues, focussing on visual anthropology and observational filmmaking. A monograph, ‘Living with Herds: human-animal coexistence in Mongolia’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

Shilpa Langa

Shilpa Langa

Regular Contributor

Shilpa is currently pursuing her Masters in Anthropology and comes from a background in digital marketing. She got curious about Anthropology after reading a book about applying human sciences to solve business problems and dived straight in after exchanging emails & talking to some Anthropology PhD students (thanks Simon!). She enjoys learning belly dancing and hopes to do her masters research with the dance community.

Alisa Asmalovskaya

Alisa Asmalovskaya

Regular Contributor

Alisa interned with the TFS team in 2018 and is now working primarily to promote the podcast and find contributors overseas while completing her Bachelor of International Security on exchange in Helsinki. Alisa is passionate about interdisciplinary thinking and making academic work more accessible to the wider public.

Esther Anderson

Esther Anderson

Regular Contributor

Esther R. Anderson is a doctoral candidate and sessional lecturer in anthropology at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Her PhD research explores how working holidaymakers conducting seasonal agricultural labour in regional Australia encounter senses of place and feelings of community. She is also interested in the methodological implications of fieldwork ‘at home’, ethnobotany, and outer space.

Dr Holly Walters

Dr Holly Walters

Regular Contributor

Holly Walters is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on religion, language, and ritual practice in South Asia. Her current research addresses issues of political practice and ritual mobility in the high Himalayas of Mustang, Nepal among Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims who venerate sacred ammonite fossils, called Shaligrams. Her research also explores the emergence of digital and robotic religious practices throughout South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora and virtual community-building between India, Tibet and Nepal in a time of globalization and great social upheaval.

Juliette Mundy

Juliette Mundy

Communications Editor

Juliette is a member of the social media team at TFS, primarily responsible for The Familiar Strange Facebook Page and The Familiar Strange Chats Facebook Group. She is also a public health professional working for Aboriginal community control in the Northern Territory of Australia. She has an MPH and a BA in social anthropology from The University of London and is interested in medical anthropology and human rights. Juliette enjoys ‘going out bush’ and exploring other cultures through food.

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott

Communications Editor

Christopher is a digital editor for TFS, primarily responsible for Twitter and assisting with website content management. Chris is a PhD researcher at King’s College London. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Anthropology at the Australian National University. His research focuses on evolutionary and ecological perspectives in anthropology, political violence in the Islamic world and the microsociology of war crimes.