The Anser, Sancta’s academic journal

In September 2018, the first edition of The Anser, Sancta’s own interdisciplinary academic journal, was published by Sydney University Press and officially launched by The Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sydney. 

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The Anser interdisciplinary journal is an annual, peer-reviewed collection of articles, essays and research by students and alumni of Sancta Sophia College, within The University of Sydney. 

The publication title, The Anser, is a playful Latin tribute to Sancta’s cherished mascot, The Goose. The Goose can be noticed in the publication’s cover art, designed by Sancta alumna Georgina Kreutzer (Graduate House 2016).

Sancta student Amelia Anne-Merz established the project in 2016, recognising the scope it would have to celebrate and strengthen Sancta’s culture of academic excellence and collegiality. 

“The Anser gives our students and alumni the opportunity to develop their work into papers worthy of academic publishing; it facilitates connectedness amongst the student and alumni body; and allows contributors to represent Sancta in the international academic community.”  

The Editorial Board have selected submissions; organised double-blind peer-reviews by academic staff across The University of Sydney, The University of Notre Dame and The University of NSW; and engaged in the editing process with authors. 

Sancta congratulates Outgoing Editor-In-Chief and Founder Amelia Anne-Merz who has led the Editorial Board and seen The Anser through from ideation to publication, beginning an exciting academic legacy for Sancta. 


The Anser, Volume 1 2018 Contents:

The Return of ‘Us’ vs ‘Them’: The Clash of Cosmopolitanism and National Protection in an Age of Global Terror

By Isabella Barrett (Alumna, Fresher 2015)

Polarisation and Gerrymandering in US Elections

By Angela Di Giorgio (Alumna, Fresher 2013)

Restructuring Space: The Camera and Travel Photography

By Madalyn Busby (Alumna, Fresher 2014)

The 1960s counterculture works of protest artists James Rosenquist, Martha Rosler and Edward Kienholz: how political art came to be used as a response to the Vietnam War and a critique of postmodern American society

By Anne-Laure Paquot (Alumna, Fresher 2014)

Christianity, Community and Controversy: The Rise and Rise of Australia’s Biggest Megachurch

By Hannah Siemer (Alumna, Fresher 2014)

Studying the Solubility and Stability of Biologically Active Vanadium Complexes

By Maraia Pickering (Fresher 2015, Graduate House 2018)