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Dr Mounia Mnouer on ‘Turning Negatives into Positives’

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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.
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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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Episode 15: Untangling the mysteries of the Krampus

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‘Coffee & Cocktails’ has just released a new episode featuring St Nick’s most (in)famous companion, the Krampus. Dr Ann Wand sits down with Hollywood writer and author, Al Ridenour, and academics Dr Mattaeus Rest of the Max Planck Institute and Gertraud Seiser of the University of Vienna on their research regarding the hidden underlying meanings of this most fascinating of winter traditions.

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Coffee & Cocktails Episode 3: Translanguaging in Senegal

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Two academics, Samantha Goodchild and Miriam Weidl, from SOAS, University of London discuss their research with Dr Ann Wand regarding translanguaging practices in two Senegalese villages in the Casamance region and how their research can be used to understand how language learning can develop thanks to local mobility practices.

Here’s their link to online teaching material: www.kanraxel.uk/university

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