Regular Contributors

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.