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Podcast speakers wanted for ‘Inspiring Women’ series

Starting this October, I will be starting a new series on ‘Inspiring Women’. If you have a personal story and/or job venture that you think will inspire others, feel free to contact the me directly at: annwand.com/media

The current line-up includes:

Mary McIntyre: amateur astronomer and astrophotographer

Dr Claudia Consolati: Founder of the ‘Women Speak Up’ project

Kate J. Armstrong: Founder of the women’s educational history podcast, ‘The Exploress’

Dr Anna Sward: Founder of Protein Pow Ltd

Abigail Seldin: CEO of Seldin/ Haring-Smith Foundation, and Forbes 30 under 30


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I look forward to seeing you!


C&C announcement, education

Episode 19: COVID Series Part IV: Distance teaching and learning

Dr Ann Wand sits down with Bea Addis, Dr Ana Carolina Balthazar, and Dr Giulia Guarnieri to discuss their experiences with distance teaching and learning while providing advice for students, teachers, and parents on how to make the most of online teaching as we manage our way through this new type of education.

Show notes:

Being human online in a time of crisis (2020): https://www.donnalanclos.com/being-human-online-in-a-time-of-crisis

Podcasting during the era of COVID19 (2020)L https://podcasting.commons.gc.cuny.edu/




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Closing: Early bird offer finishes 8 August!

This is just a brief reminder to let our listeners know that our early bird special offer for those interested in podcast production is due 8 August. See below:

The podcast, ‘Coffee & Cocktails’ is running the first of a two-part online workshop series this autumn on podcast production for academics, students, and professionals interested in learning more about the media industry. Our first workshop on the creative aspects of podcast production will focus on the following:

  • Developing your ‘voice’ and presentation style
  • Script writing
  • Content production/ development
  • Researching your topic
  • Networking
  • Finding guest speakers
  • Discovering your market/ audience
  • Advertising your podcast
  • How to monetize your podcast

In addition, the workshop will provide opportunities for attendees to discuss their podcast ideas through interactive discussions with the host, followed by a Q&A.

The workshop is set for Saturday, 10 October 2020 at 2pm GMT. Those who are unable to attend will be able to see what they missed by becoming a VIP on Patreon for £5.

To apply all you need to do is become a Patreon member for £3 by 1 September. Those who apply by 8 August will be able to sit in on a live recording of our next episode set for 5 September, 2020 at 2pm GMT to see how podcasting is done behind the scenes.

If you would like to learn more, feel free to contact the host at: annwand.com/contact

We look forward to seeing you!

The C&C Team


Discovering humanity in triviality: from toilet paper to sunshine


*Appreciating nature and baking cakes have become some of Josh’s newly discovered past-times. 

Australia experienced a particularly challenging start to 2020 – even before COVID – since much of the eastern seaboard was devastated by bushfires and capturing international media attention. The ferocity and destruction of the fires and smoke meant that many of us had to stay indoors from late 2019, but also for much of January 2020. Then, a violent hailstorm followed, creating much damage to buildings in Canberra and to my university.

Then the COVID lockdown happened. All state and international borders were closed. A planned trip to fly home and be with family had to be cancelled. One unexpected consequence was Australia’s panic-induced buying frenzy of toilet-paper, whose motivations are yet to be investigated with scientific rigour.

Matters were made worse by the virus’ impact on the country of my professional and personal interest, Italy, but also in Sweden where I completed my postdoctoral work, as I heard, and saw, friends and former colleagues suffer through images which bounced from the other side of the globe onto my phone.

As for others on this blog and elsewhere, the biggest problem has been the lack of personal interaction. As I gathered up screens and books from the office to take back home and set up shop there, my initial thoughts raced of boundless levels of productivity – easy access to my beloved fridge and snacks with articles one after the other pouring out! This enthusiasm dissipated when it became more and more apparent that the work I do and the person I am takes place in a community. Academic work materialised in drips and drabs (which I was grateful for), but not at a level of productivity that could be measured in monographs!


What positives can be found, or have I found? Gratitude for friends and simple acts of sharing meals together, riding my bike, baking, and messages of ‘checking everything is ok’ are simple pleasures – but they have been the most tangible, and the most real signs of keeping myself (half) sane and are useful reminders that ‘I am not my job’.

All the time indoors has made me realise that fresh air and sunshine are undervalued commodities in academic life. I have a new appreciation for the beauty of the geographical surroundings I find myself in. Meals with friends and catching up with people have also shown how much corridor-talk is where proper conversations happen, and how there can sometimes be no distinction between who is a colleague and who is a friend.

Certain internet memes have suggested that 2020 should be ‘cancelled’ or erased from the historical record. But this would also mean an erasure of the very real circumstances people find themselves in, as well as a negation of the positive aspects that have emerged this year.

Another real benefit is the renewed emphasis on the importance of mental health, and the particular way that mental health is practised in universities. A final positive has been the discovery of this podcast and its ability to open up conversations about precarity, mental health and many other topics. And I am grateful for that as well.

About the author: Josh Brown is lecturer in Italian Studies at The Australian National University (giosuemarrone.com)


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Coffee & Cocktails is now on Apple Podcasts!


This is just a small update to let our listeners know that after 5,000 downloads we finally decided to bite the bullet and put the Coffee & Cocktails podcast on iTunes (don’t worry, it’s still available on SoundCloud, Castbox and Spotify). If you can, we would love it if you would give us a rating and leave a comment regarding your thoughts on the show and we’ll do our best to keep producing more episodes that meet our listeners’ needs.

Apple Podcasts: