We are a group of students from the Australian National University – at present, five editors and a dozen subeditors – who are united, above all, by our hope to cultivate a culture of engagement, activism and collaboration among youth, university students, academics, and members of our local community. We endeavour not only to inform, but to provoke, motivate, and explore in a manner that is inclusive, and that fosters a shared sense of responsibility for our place and our future.
Amongst the confusion and chaos of her third year of university, Aditi feels fortunate to be a part of Demos Journal. When she’s not flustered because she forgot her glasses, she is obsessing over WOCs and talking to WOCs and trying to find WOCs on campus. She is studying Asian Studies/Law, and in recent years, has become drawn to the country of her ancestors – India, and the surrounding dynamics of the entire continent.
Originating from Australia’s hipster capital, Fitzroy, Odette moved to Canberra to study sociology and law. In her spare time, she enjoys playing Scrabble and guitar, writing, creating websites and campaigning for a Fossil Free ANU. She is excited by the potential for university to be a space for activism, collaboration and creativity.
Mia is a fourth year geography student. Growing up on the Gold Coast in Queensland gave her a hatred of urban sprawl and a passion for making urban spaces and lifestyles more sustainable. She credits her favourite magazine, National Geographic, with opening her mind to the world. Mia has an interest in social justice, and in her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places, immersing herself in nature and making up her own recipes.
Duncan Stuart studies Philosophy, Physics and Political Science. He is interested in European philosophy, political philosophy, identity politics, democratic theory, philosophy of science, and astronomy. He has written for Woroni, amongst other publications. When not waiting for the revolution, Duncan writes fan mail to Slavoj Žižek in the hope that he too, will be called a “blithering idiot” by the Giant of Ljubljana.
Kira is currently completing a bachelor of art/visual arts majoring in sociology as well as printmedia and drawing. She enjoys exploring a range of materials, styles and themes in her practice. Recently her artworks have explored themes regarding the body, the self and the physical practice of art making. She has a strong interest in the creation and control of culture. Her interests include reading, textiles, social and environmental activism, baked goods of all varieties, asking questions and making friends who own cats.
Rowena is in her second year of International Relations and Visual Arts at the ANU. As an aspiring photo-journalist, Rowena is passionate about preserving human rights and telling the stories of those that have had their rights taken away. She enjoys live music, road trips, and listening to the sound of rain on a tin roof. Although being a self-confessed realist, Rowena believes that millennials will create a more inclusive and fair world and can’t wait to be a part of it.
Judy studies philosophy and sociology at the ANU, and is particularly interested in exploring the creative potential for resistance in art, music, and popular culture. She has also been actively involved in human rights campaigning through Amnesty International at the ANU. Judy also has a passion for illustration, which she is struggling to balance with her interest in social theory.
Rachel Kirk is a fourth-year Arts/Laws student who somehow still finds the time to write. Her work has appeared in Voiceworks and Woroni, among other publications. She was the recipient of Woroni‘s 2013 short story prize. In her spare time, Rachel reads about feminism, French literature, fun facts, and everything in between.
Jessie Liu is a fifth year Art/Science student who is in the middle of her honours year in Sociology. When not overcome with existential angst, she busies herself with volunteer work and napping. She is passionate about a wide range of social issues and is interested in exploring and defending contemporary practices that are deemed vapid and mundane
Mia is a third-year Law and PPE student at the ANU. After having lived in over fourteen towns and cities across Australia and abroad whilst growing up, she is now proud to call Canberra home. In her spare time, Mia enjoys reading Latin American literature, dreaming up new combinations of overnight oats and playing board games with friends. She is driven by a desire to help change Australia’s shameful treatment of refugees and its natural heritage.
Oli likes most things. Much of his time is spent thinking through those few things that he doesn’t like. Sometimes he snaps photos. Oli is studying Asian studies, cares about the state of education and recently found a deep interest in masculinity and migration studies.
Rosalind is an ANU student and author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her creative writing has featured in numerous anthologies since her first publication at age 17, and she hopes the optimism this experience instilled in her will last throughout her twenties. She was also a speaker at the 2016 National Young Writers’ Festival. Outside of writing, her interests include working with animals, polyglottery, and making rhyming birthday cards for her friends.
Vanamali studies Gender Studies and Sociology at the ANU. Originally from Murwillumbah, she is especially interested in regional Australia’s relationship to activism. When not chatting about anarchism over drinks or banner painting for an upcoming rally, she can be found at home watching Ken Loach films.