Portrait by Anton Piche

I’m Alana Brekelmans (she/her), an anthropologist, writer, and embodied practice facilitator who spends her days thinking about narrative, embodiment, affect, and the environment.

My vision is to compassionately, critically, and creatively engage with a variety of stories (including stories which are silent, embodied, and more-the-human) to examine how these narratives interface with power structures in the processes of making and unmaking worlds.

I do this by spending time with people and in places. I listen, observe, question, move, and write in order to gain new understandings about social and environmental matters. I hold a PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia, and am the recipient of the 2021 Australian Anthropology Society Thesis Award.

I live and work on unceded Indigenous lands, and pay my respects to elders past and present.