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

CHAIR PERSON: Jerrold Cuperus (he/him)

Hi! My name is Jerrold, I’m a PhD student at the University of Queensland. I’m technically not in anthropology but in religious studies, looking into the use of multimedia and digital technologies in Pentecostal (mega)churches in the Brisbane area. To keep my sanity during this whole PhD situation, I like to do some rock climbing and bouldering (mostly indoors), sailing, and exploring new flavours and recipes in the kitchen. I'm an international student, freshly hailed from the predominantly cold and rainy Netherlands, enjoying the Aussie lifestyle and weather. I’m super excited to be chairing ANSA this year and to contribute to building a big community of student anthropologists along with you all!

SECRETARY: Fergus Boyd (they/he)

Hi all! I’m a linguist and anthropologist, hailing from Wurundjeri Country where I did my honours at unimelb last year. This year, however, I’ll be interning as a linguist at the Mirima-Dawang Woorlab-gerring language and culture centre in Kununurra where I’ll be supporting the Miriwoong and Gajirrabeng people to teach and maintain their language. Unsurprisingly then, I’m interested in community-led language revival work, language education policy, and accessible education. Maybe this doesn’t sound super anthropological but I’m a massive fan of the anthropological community in Australia and can’t wait to draw more students into it!

WEB & MEDIA OFFICER: Nikki Manolakis (she/her)

Hello! My name is Nikki and I completed an advanced grad dip in anthropology in February 2022 at unimelb. I think I loved anthropology before I even knew what it was, and am very excited to be on the ANSA exec committee for 2023. I'm interested in anthropology of the body, paying specific attention to body hair and the varying meanings it has depending on gendered context. I have a performance background, and hope to merge my love for anthropology with my love for the arts - so get ready for some creative projects and competitions this year! In my spare time I like to read, explore, and take film photos of people I love. I'm also (hopefully!!) opening a cafe in an art gallery in March!