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Sign up for Guest Lecture on ‘Discovering talents during times of crisis’

For those who enjoyed last week’s episode on ‘Turning Negatives into Positives’, Dr Kristin Stasiowski will be doing a follow-up guest lecture on Saturday, September 19th at 4pm BST on ‘Discovering our talents during times of crisis’. This live online 20 min lecture (followed by a 10 min Q&A) will be a great discussion for those who are transitioning into other careers either by choice (or force) as a result of COVID-19, who are trying to figure out where they can be better placed in industry/ outside of academia.

The lecture is only £3 to attend on Patreon and available now until midnight (BST) Friday, September 18th.

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Episode 20: COVID Series Part V: Turning Negatives into Positives

Our last episode in the COVID series is now available!

Dr Ann Wand Wand sits down with Dr Kristin Stasiowski of Kent State University, independent scholar, Dr Mounia Mnouer, and PhD Candidate of the University of Munich, Sohaib Riaz, to discuss how they have rediscovered their passions for family, hobbies, and nature during times of global crisis.

If you’re interested in listening to Dr Stasiowski’s talk (September 19th at 4pm BST) on discovering your talents during times of crisis, sign up to listen live on Patreon by September 18th.

The Show Notes:

Reading suggestions from Dr Mounia Mnouer:

Here is an article in the Atlantic about the power of diaries in the time of the pandemic, and how preserving these diaries as archives is important for future generations:

‘Dear Diary: This Is My Life in Quarantine’: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/08/why-are-people-keeping-coronavirus-diaries/614977/

This is the poem I wrote about my grandmother entitled, ‘A letter to Nanna’ (Spillwords Press): https://spillwords.com/a-letter-to-nanna/

This is a piece that allowed me to reconnect with my Indigeneity after the chats with my family entitled, ‘The resilient Amazigh’: https://themetric.org/articles/the-resilient-amazigh

Reading suggestions from Sohaib Riaz:

Anthropological work on stamp collecting is scant, however this small essay can be a really good starter for anyone interested in anthropology and philately:

‘Reconsidering the Smallest of Artifacts: on the Origins of Philatelic Collecting’ by Paul van der Grijp: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/MCR/article/view/17983/21979

Reading suggestions from Dr Kristin Stasiowski:

I would recommend ‘Walden’ by Thoreau; ‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson; and ‘American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation’ by Eric Rutkow. 

In terms of comparative material when reflecting on Mounia’s discussion of the French colonization of Morocco, I was reminded of Mazza Mengiste’s ‘The Shadow King’ about Italy’s war in Ethiopia: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/25/763907282/the-shadow-king-is-a-gorgeous-meditation-on-memory-war-and-violence 

Sohaib’s focus on stamp collecting reminded me of an article I read this year about Primo Levi and how stamps were used in a remembrance project with regard to the Holocaust called ‘Remembrance through Stamps — A Reminder and Our Promise’: https://stamps.org/news/c/news/cat/local/post/remembrance-through-stamps-a-reminder-and-our-promise

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Dr Kristin Stasiowski on ‘Turning Negatives into Positives’

Our final guest speaker for Saturday’s episode on ‘Turning Negatives into Positives’ features Dr Kristin Stasiowski of Kent State University who will be discovering her rediscovered love of nature during these times of crisis.

Dr Kristin Stasiowski, Kent State University

Having worked in study abroad/study away at Kent State University, I have done some major work during COVID to shift Kent State towards a more sustainable and academically rigorous organization of international programs–work that could not have happened had COVID not occurred and forced a change to normal working circumstances. However, despite my professional life, I would like to discuss health and wellness during COVID and my newfound (rediscovered) love of National Parks, mountain biking, and half-marathoning. All this with the idea that COVID has allowed me to rediscover nature and thus also my OWN “nature” by adopting a new outlook on my place in the world.

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Dr Mounia Mnouer on ‘Turning Negatives into Positives’


Our next guest speaker for episode 20 on ‘Turning Negatives into Postives’ features independent scholar, Dr Mounia Mnouer, who will be talking about rediscovering her family’s history during the colonization of Morocco.
I am an Indigenous, Muslim North African, specifically from Morocco. I reside in Arizona, in a beautiful mountain town north of the state. I was a faculty member teaching Arabic and cross-cultural understanding content, but was recently laid off due to Covid-19 budget cuts. Living away from my family, especially during a pandemic can be very taxing. So, I decided to call my parents more often, and ask them to share stories growing up in colonial Morocco, and stories about their parents. Writing down these memories of my parents gave me a sense of resilience, and strength. I also found writing poetry and essays about my heritage as an Indigenous (Amazigh) woman very empowering. I decided to take time to relax, and practice gratitude through journaling. I am also taking part in reading/conversation groups about decoloniality, and am rethinking higher education in order to take action for social justice, inclusion, and commitment to diversity in higher education spaces. All of these activities have been helping me get through Covid-19 times.

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Sohaib Bodla on ‘Turning Negatives into Positives’


Our next podcast episode on ‘Turning Negatives into Positives’ features three very interesting academics who life stories during this pandemic are worth sharing with everyone. Our first speaker is Sohaib Riaz (Author name: Sohaib Bodla), PhD candidate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Munich, Germany, who will be talking to us about his love of philately (stamp collecting) and how the lock down has reconnected him with his childhood memories.
I started my field work in early January this year in Pakistan but had to stop in mid-March because like many, I wanted to be together with my family. I was lucky enough to board one of the last flights to reach Germany before the lockdown started. I spent the recommended quarantine time alone at home, while my wife and child stayed with my father-in-law. Along with transcribing my interviews and watching recommended movies, I decided to look deeper into my stamp collection, and decided to join a couple of Twitter platforms to showcase my collection and make new friends by sending and receiving postcards, writing letters, and exchanging stamps around the globe. This ‘Social Philately’ connected me to the memories of my early teen years when I had a pen friend. Since my current research is about part of Kashmir administered by Pakistan, I started looking into the stamps about Kashmir issued by Pakistan.
This led me to better see how stamps often become objects of contention, politics, fake pictures, and propaganda. Stamps are also objects which have historical, artistic, political, social, monetary, and aesthetic appeal. They are objects frozen in time revealing the past in a certain context. These characteristics were fascinating for my research and helped me to see the role objects play in our everyday lives. Rediscovering my hobby also helped me to see my own research from a different perspective by seeing the way Pakistan has presented Kashmir in the form of stamps.
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Online Guest lecture: Tips and tricks for online teaching (now available)

Giulia PPT

Dr Ann Wand had the pleasure of talking with Dr Giulia Guarnieri regarding her tips and tricks for online teaching. You can check out her lecture on our Patreon page.

If you’d like to attend our next guest lecture with Dr Kristin Stasiowski from Kent State University on 19 September, just send Dr Wand a message on Patreon. Dr Stasiowski will be talking about the importance of ‘Discovering your gifts’ during periods of personal uncertainty.


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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


You can follow us on Patreon, where you can sign up to listen live with our guest speakers and participate in personal Q&As:


I look forward to seeing you!


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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