Dr Natasha FijnRegular Contributor
Shilpa LangaRegular Contributor
Alisa AsmalovskayaRegular Contributor
Esther AndersonRegular Contributor
Dr Holly WaltersRegular Contributor
Dr Natasha Fijn
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 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 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.
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.