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Author: Dr Ann Wand

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What started off as academic chit-chat over drinks has now evolved into chit chat over a range of topics. But don’t worry, the espresso machine and cocktail bar are still running! So grab your favorite drink and have a listen.

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56 Episodes
The West’s understanding of Pakistan is largely based on (social) media portrayals of a country in conflict, effected by terrorism and continued brutality. Women’s rights, it is said, are infringed upon, especially when it comes to education, as evidenced by Malala who survived an attack that almost left her for dead. But what if we were to tell you that there is more to Pakistan than initially meets the eye? And that the country is steeped is a multicultural layout that extends well beyond its city borders? This multilingual, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious country has largely been overlooked by its leaders who have tried to impose a monolithic identity in response to its empire-based past. The result is a Muslim, Urdu (and English)- speaking identity established by the garrison state, which sweeps under the rug Pakistan’s diverse identities that exist within. With cultural influences coming from India, other parts of South East Asia, Saudi Arabia, as well as Turkey, anthropologist Sonia Gulzeb Abbasi explains to us what it means to be Pakistani today.
According to Eugenia: 'Mexico, a high middle income country, is the place where professionals work more hours than anywhere else in the world (OCDE), and 60% of its population lives in poverty (CONEVAL). Working 8 hours, six days a week, with a daily commute of 3 hours means people are exhausted, and their remaining time is just sufficient to do chores and rest a bit, forget about checking on children, socialising, exercising, cultivating other interests and caring for others. Imagine the stress levels and the socioeconomic impact of this on society as a whole. On top of that, 40% of people with formal jobs cannot even afford proper food for their families, and we have not even reached the conversation about clothing and housing. Furthermore, four years ago I moved to the South, Mexico´s poorest region, where I encountered realities that are as harsh as in Africa, and the number of them are kind of overwhelming. It feels like a breaking point for me. I cannot help but raise awareness about these issues, and hope that more people will join in transforming these realities for the best. A CLARIFICATION NOTE During the show I mentioned how Mexico was dubbed “the perfect dictatorship” as the electoral bodies were subjected to the government, which is true. As a result, we had a one-ruling party for over 70 years. However, I forgot to mention during the show that in 1990 a new system was negotiated and by 2020 it was considered one of the most robust in the world. This system has overseen the rotation of power among the three main political parties, and it is now under threat as the current dominant party relentlessly tries to pass unconstitutional law reforms taking advantage of their majority in the legislative cameras, influencing judicial decisions, and blocking the operations of both the electoral and transparency institutions, by slashing their budgets and failing to allocate enough representatives to reach quorum.'
The caste system in India is deeply embedded into the historical and psychological foundations of the Indian psyche, so much so that after the post-colonial era it still very much functions as a part of Indian identity. In this episode with Anthropologist Pragati Gupta, she provides us with her personal accounts of what it means to be a person from a marginalized community who has worked their way into higher education. By discussing the Indian government’s ‘reservation policy’ through its attempts to provide better opportunities for lower castes to access university, she explains the mental health repercussions that some 1st generational university students feel when categorized by the government as ‘marginalized’ and/or ‘backwards’ in comparison to their upper-caste peers.
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In this final episode of our ‘Controversies and Contraband’ series, we sit down with yoga specialist, Dr Patrick McCartney to discuss the somewhat surprising historical origins of yoga and mallakhamb (the wrester’s pole). What originally started as a general interest in postural yoga due to a sustained growth spurt during his teens, by university he became somewhat of a ‘yoga fundamentalist’ and eventually moved to India. After a decade of teaching yoga and meditation around the world Dr McCartney’s research began to shift towards questioning the way yoga is branded and sold to the global consumer. Advertised as a form of ‘social justice’ through critical race theory, McCartney explores how yoga has been able to transcend boundaries and caste systems, while at the same time overlook its potential origins linking it to nomadic street performers and prostitution.
The concept of ‘dark food’, like ‘dark tourism’, is directly linked to consumption and how identities are forged by making sense of the past through present-day cultural memories. In this bonus episode with Alessandra Pino, co-author of A Gothic Cookbook, we discuss her research on understanding dark food through the Cuban legacies of slavery and sugar plantations. And how the ‘recreation of traumatic memories through the medium of food’ provide a face for the historically oppressed, exiled, and diasporic communities originating from Cuba. If you'd like to access Dr Pino's newest book, A Gothic Book, head to: Discount code is: GOTHICPOD10 #cuba #coffeeandcocktailspodcast #darktourism #darkfood #tourism #food #oppression #exiled #diaspora #trauma #memory #representation #agothiccookbook
The history of Western feminism has had a tendency to impose its own world views on non-western women at the expense of allowing other female voices to express their thoughts on freedoms, rights, and religion. In this bonus episode with Sonia Gulzeb Abbasi we discuss concerns surrounding (white) Western feminism and its (un)intentional imposition on Muslim women’s identity in Pakistani and Afghani culture. #feminism #coffeeandcocktailspodcast #thewest #pakistan #afghanistan #women #culture #anthropology #podcast
*Apologies for the sound quality of this episode. We were having some difficulties with the mic, but the content is absolutely fine! Just make sure to keep the volume slightly quieter than usual. When Dr Heather Munro initially approached me about her research on Haredi and Hasidic identity in London, New York, and Israel, I completely underestimated the complex web that makes up the ultra-orthodox community. To ‘simplify’ her work (although I use that term lightly) we decided to break apart her research into two parts with this first part examining the background history of the Haredi and Hasidic communities. The goal with this episode is to better understand the roles that Haredi/Hasidic men and women play within their own environment so that we can discuss in Part II some members’ responses to the anti-vaxx movement within the Haredi community. ***** Want to support show? Consider becoming a Patron starting at £1 per month:
How do we deal with preserving memory when the historical past can be so controversial? In this Patreon-only special release (recorded in August 2021), Dr Hannes Obermair from EURAC Research gives us his perspectives on the role of statues and how South Tyrol’s decision to preserve its Fascist (and Nazi) past led to the creation of a documentation centre located in the basement vault underneath Bozen-Bolzano, Italy’s giant monument dedicated to none other than Mussolini. For further reading, check out Prof Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s article in The New Yorker, ‘Why are so many Fascist monuments still standing in Italy?’ (2017): Note: If you are not familiar with the history of South Tyrol, Italy, I highly suggest you listen to ‘Episode 30: Italy’s segregated schools’ before checking out this episode. *PPT images from Hannes’ talk are available on Patreon*
When Pompeii was first excavated in the 18th century, the individuals involved in the re-discovery of this coastal town were surprised (or dare I say ‘shocked’) to discover the massive array of erotic male (and female) genitalia scattered throughout the ancient establishment. Considered taboo and eventually locked away into Pompeii’s now famous, ‘Secret Cabinet’, this museum of wonders was closed off to women until the 1980s. In this fascinating episode, I talk with Australia’s favourite Ancient Historians and hosts of The Partial Historians podcast, Dr Peta Greenfield and Dr Fiona Radford, about the history of sexuality in Ancient Rome and how Roman society’s concepts of ‘gender’, agency, and sexual acts were largely linked to the Roman citizen’s understanding of social status and political power.
In this episode, lecturer in Pakistan Studies, Sonia Gulzeb Abbasi, takes us through a tour of the background history of travel photography in the Middle East and Africa and its potential link to modern day notions of power and post-colonialism. Nowadays a very common motif for bloggers on social media sites like Instagram, she advises listeners to pay attention to the ethical implications behind travel photography, especially when Western photographers avoid photographic consent and profit from ‘othering’ minors. This deep dive into concerns surrounding ‘poverty porn’ and the ‘white saviour complex’ is designed to critique how Westerners choose to portray and make sense of other cultures, focusing more on their negative aspects rather than celebrating their cultural positives. ***** If you'd like to support the continuation of this show, consider becoming a Patron starting at £1 per month:
As promised, Dr Helen Cornish (Goldsmiths, London) is back to discuss the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall. In her talk she explores how contemporary witches navigate the ‘unfamiliar’ by experiencing the uncanny through magical consciousness as part of their occult practice. By focusing on St Nectan’s Glen, the labyrinth of Rocky Valley, and the witch memorial of Joan Wytte, Cornish explores how modern witches intellectually rationalise their sense of place, and ‘find themselves’ through childlike ideas of imagination. **** Like the show? Consider becoming a Patron starting at £1 per month:
The history of piracy is steeped in legend, full of myth and fantastical stories. But what if I told you that some of these stories are based on actual facts? In this contraband portion of our ‘Controversies and Contraband’ series we explore the hidden world of female pirates through Mary Read, Anne Bonny, and Grace O’Malley, and how their origin stories in England and Ireland led one of them to ‘switch sides’ and join Queen Elizabeth. If you like the show, consider becoming a Patron starting at £1 per month:
In this month’s bonus episode, Dr Banu Karaca, talks about the darker side of the art world through the eyes of its hidden figures: gallerists, art collectors, and corporate sponsors (sometimes referred to as neo-liberalists) in Istanbul (Turkey) and Berlin (Germany). With the history of art steeped in state violence, Karaca’s anthropological approach to understanding the art world provides us with an inward glimpse of the gatekeepers who possess and mediate how the public sees (and gains access to) art. In the words of Karaca, ‘to know about art is to know about power.’ *If you want to learn more about Dr Karaca’s work, make sure to listen to Episode 28: Nazism, art, and questioning free speech. **** Feel free to support the show by becoming a Patron for just £1 per month: Or consider offering a one-off donation here:
What are the differences (if any) between cancel versus call-out culture? And what sort of effects can cancel culture have on an individual through the lens of social media? In this one- hour episode, Dr Wand sits down with consulting anthropologist and founder of Culture Contact, Helidth Ravenholm, to discuss the multi-layered consequences of online bullying through social venues like Twitter and Reddit. ‘The road to hell’ so it is said, ‘is paved with good intentions.’ Could the same be said of social media and its support of cancel culture? Sponsored by: Your Editing Alternative ***** If you like the show, consider becoming a Patron for just £1 per month:
When serial entrepreneur, Brady Simpson, made the decision to start up and found his own businesses (Simtek and Peanut), he took his years of experience working at Facebook and LinkedIn to discover what it really takes to succeed in the tech industry. In this one-hour interview he sits down with Dr Ann Wand to discuss the ins and outs of the tech industry and how researchers and academics can transition into the entrepreneurial field through their passions, problem solving skills, and impact driven interests. **** If you like the show, feel free to support us on Patreon for just £1 per month:
Controversies & Contraband series: Alessandra Pino (aka: Allie) is the co-author of ‘A Gothic Cookbook’ and in this episode we explore the hidden world of the Gothic Victorian era. While her book focuses on the ‘relationship between food and the supernatural’, there are other elements to Gothic literature that connect food to violence, the oppressed roles of women, historical suppression, and servitude. With the Halloween season almost in swing, her work would be a wonderful addition to creepy-crawly type literature, from Frankenstein to Dracula, alongside Anne Rice’s ‘Interview with a Vampire’… *We apologise for some of the sound quality in places. It must have been ghosts interfering with our technology 😉 **** If you want to support the show, consider becoming a Patron starting at £1 per month!
In this bonus episode, Dr Ritu Jain dives deeper into her work on disability awareness by discussing her concerns regarding Singapore’s legal interpretations of ‘disabled’ versus ‘abled’ people. In addition, she describes the continued stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and taboo associations that exist for marginalised health communities, including those living with HIV. If you haven’t checked out her previous talk, then we highly suggest you listen to Episode 27: Inspiring Women: Dr Ritu Jain and disability awareness. *** To guarantee the continuation of the show, consider becoming a Patron for just £1 per month:
Every-so-often I do an episode that is very near and dear to my heart. This episode is no exception. In this month’s show for our ‘Controversies and Contraband’ series I talk with historian and Senior Researcher, Dr Hannes Obermair about the history of South Tyrol, Italy’s secret catacomb schools, originally designed with the intent to protect Italy’s German-speaking ethnicity from Italian fascist occupation. Almost 100 years later and South Tyrol now practices legalised segregated education with politicians taking great strides to keep the minority groups divided despite community desires to bring them all together. *** Support the show by becoming a Patron for just £1 per month! *photo by Luca Lorenzi, 2009 (see: This month's sponsor: The Oxford Method
Many thanks to Palestinian Entrepreneur, Majd Mashharawi for her very raw and candid talk about the difficulties she and other women have faced trying to find work and start their own businesses in occupied Gaza. The statistics will shock you, but should hopefully provide a bit of insight (and hope) to an historical region that is very poorly discussed in the Western world. Like this episode? Support the show by becoming a Patron for just £1 per month!
Comments (3)


Such a fascinating subject, one for the many of us who love being a little bit creeped out!

Jun 14th


Dr Bolton is such a lovely soul!

Jun 14th


Inciteful and informative content in such an easy-to-listen-to format. Definitely not just for those who work in academia 🙂

Jun 14th
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