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The Australian Anthropological Society Newsletter has been one of the main ways that the Society communicates with its members. It provides a forum for anthropologists to disseminate information about upcoming conferences, important new publications, and theoretical issues of concern to the profession. 

Copies of all AAS newsletters are available to members via The Q Archive web page. Editions of the Newsletter date back to December 1978, when the first issue was published. Members can also read the Latest Feature Article online. 

Members and others are encouraged to support the Newsletter by providing content. The Newsletter is particularly suited to postgraduate students who wish to have their work published in a less formal arena. Scroll down for a list of suggested content for submissions

The Q Editors can be contacted at

The Q Editors

Kathleen Openshaw, Western Sydney University

Kathleen Openshaw is a PhD candidate in the Religion and Society Research Cluster, at Western Sydney University. She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Development Studies from Maynooth University, Ireland. She is Western Sydney University’s ANSA Representative. Her main research interests are the globalisation of Pentecostalism from the Global South, local lived religious expressions of transnational Pentecostalisms and material religion. Her PhD research is an ethnography of the Brazilian megachurch The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in Liverpool, New South Wales.

Mythily Meher, University of New South Wales

Mythily Meher is a medical anthropologist whose primary research concerns the historical production of medical and scientific knowledge, how this shapes what comes under scrutiny in healthcare, and the grounded (sometimes subtle) practices of ethical and caring otherwise that people enact within healthcare assemblages. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne in 2018. Her doctoral research with a refugee-run NGO in Australia used affect theory and critical medical ethnography to study negotiations of public medical knowledge about mental illness in conditions of medical pluralism. Her scholarly work has appeared in Ethnos, Anthropology & Humanism and Somatosphere. She is currently teaching in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW.

Submit to The Q Newsletter

The AAS Newsletter is a great opportunity for anthropologists in Australia, both new and established, to publish their work. The Editors provide as much editorial support as is required, and are especially keen to publish postgraduate work.

Suggestions for contributions:
  • titles and abstracts of Masters and PhD theses in anthropology that were awarded in the past 12 months

  • notices of forthcoming conferences

  • brief reports on recent conferences

  • notable appointments, retirements or honours received

  • postgraduate events and activities

  • short book reviews or brief notices regarding important new publications

  • short articles on issues of importance to the discipline

  • notices and articles of importance to the Society

Please send contributions and queries to

Publication Policy

The following resolutions relate to the publication of items submitted to the AAS Newsletter. They were passed by the AAS Executive on May 7, 2002.

  1. The Editor shall give priority to members of the AAS in deciding upon articles to be published in the AAS newsletter

  2. The Editor may, at his or her discretion, refer an article submitted for publication to an ad hoc Editorial Committee

  3. The Editorial Committee shall comprise three members of the Executive, one of whom will provide secretarial assistance. The AAS Executive may also provide administrative assistance if required

  4. The Editorial Committee may consider the matter by meeting together directly, talking by telephone or by video conference, or by exchange of emails

  5. The Editorial Committee shall provide its advice in relation to whether the article referred to it should be published. The Committee may, at its discretion, seek legal opinion in relation to the proposed article, should it have grounds for considering that the article may be actionable in law

  6. The Editorial Committee shall provide its recommendation to the Editor

  7. Sole discretion whether to publish the article or not remains with the Editor, except if one or more members of the Editorial Committee are of the view that the matter should be referred to the AAS Executive for a decision. In this case, the decision as to whether or not to publish shall rest with the Executive