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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): https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/why-are-so-many-fascist-monuments-still-standing-in-italy 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* https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
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: https://www.patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
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: https://www.patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
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: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
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: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast Or consider offering a one-off donation here: https://paypal.me/coffeeNcocktails
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 https://youreditingalternative.com/ ***** If you like the show, consider becoming a Patron for just £1 per month: https://www.patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
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: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
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! https://www.patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
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: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
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! https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast *photo by Luca Lorenzi, 2009 (see: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Suedtirol_ist_nicht_Italien_-_Brennero.JPG) This month's sponsor: The Oxford Method https://www.theoxfordmethod.co.uk
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! https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
Our newest episode in the ‘Controversies and Contraband’ series talks about the history of British witchcraft, or more precisely British witches’ understanding of their contemporary history. While not seemingly controversial on the surface, western societal interpretations of the ‘witch’ are deeply rooted in taboo, where modern-day witches can sometimes be viewed as ‘irrational’, embarrassing, or even child-like. Anthropologist, Dr Helen Cornish tries to rectify this reasoning by breaking down the complexities of what it means to be a ‘witch’ in modern British society, and that terms like ‘pagan’, ‘druid’, ‘witchcraft’ and ‘wicca’ come with their own definitions and layered fascinations. Whether you’re a practitioner, or have a genuine curiosity for the less advertised of western religions, this deep dive into British witches’ understanding of their history will leave you wanting to learn more about them! Love the show? Become a Patron for just £1 per month! https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
#Hitler #art #democracy #Germany What does it mean to ‘censor’ or ‘ban’ forbidden Nazi symbols, art, and books like Mein Kampf in present-day Germany? And more to the point, is this even possible? In this first episode of our new series, ‘Controversies & Contraband’, Dr Banu Karaca explains the hidden impact of Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship on censorship laws in Germany, and whether freedom of expression and/or free speech in the art world is only limited to certain topics that are labelled ‘inherently good’ according to Germany’s liberal democracy. ****** Please make sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE! To register for this month's Patron-only talk with Start-up Guru, Brady Simpson, on Saturday, July 17th, sign up on Patreon for just £3: https://www.patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast Stay connected! Website: https://www.coffeeandcocktailspodcast.com Instagram: @coffee_and_cocktails_podcast Facebook: @coffeeandcocktailspodcast Twitter: @CafeNCocktails
In this final episode of our 'Inspiring Women' series I talk with Dr Ritu Jain, President of DEBRA (Singapore) and rare disease policy advocate for the Asia Pacific. In this episode we cover the differences between 'invisible' and 'visible' disabilities, and 'orphan' diseases, and what we can do as individuals in order to promote and encourage better disability awareness and inclusivity in the work environment and within society. I also disclose my own journey with an invisible condition and what it has meant for me as I navigate my identity and who I choose to tell (or not tell) about my experiences living with epilepsy. This episode's sponsor, DEBRA Singapore: https://www.debrasingapore.com Support the show for just £1 per month: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast For more information on today's topic: https://coffeeandcocktailspodcast.wordpress.com/2021/06/23/episode-27-inspiring-women-dr-ritu-jain-and-disability-awareness/
We're still on the look out for a few more guest speakers, so if you think that's you, we'd love to hear from you! Write us directly at: https://coffeeandcocktailspodcast.com Register today to become a Patron for just £1 per month: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
I'll be honest, when a colleague reached out to me several months ago asking if I would be interested in interviewing Majd Mashharawi, TED Talk speaker and founder of GreenCake and Sunbox, I was floored. This woman's initiatives are incredible. Not only has she been able to transform the lives of thousands through her groundbreaking inventions, but she continues to break glass ceilings, especially in environments that are entirely male dominated. To learn more about her work I highly suggest you check out the links below. And also stay tuned for her upcoming talk on female entrepreneurship. (P.S. Listen to the end so you can find out who our FIRST C&C merchandise winner is!) Show notes: What is 'Green Cake' and why did this woman invent it? (BBC): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-46074563 Meet Majd from Gaza: Innovation Against All Odds (World Bank): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K_qomU3WI4 How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza (TED Talk): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdZTvzMPa6s SunBox: https://sunbox.ps/ GreenCake (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/greencakeblock/ ***** Sign up on Patreon to support the show: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
A few months ago, one of our guests from the New York Times, Dr Kacey Vu Shap, asked if he could come back as a guest host because he wanted to put Dr Wand 'in the hot seat'. In this bonus episode, Dr Shap talks with Dr Wand about the importance of 'thinking outside the box' and why academics make the best creative practitioners for business and industry. In addition, Dr Wand discusses her new venture into entrepreneurship with the launch of her business, 'The Oxford Method', and the reasons why she created this podcast. To learn more see: https://theoxfordmethod.co.uk ***** Sign up on Patreon to support the show: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
Well...this was a fun, and a drastic change from the daily humdrum of my THIRD lockdown in less than a year. So, if you're looking for some fun banter about 'women's things', history, and folklore then I highly suggest you nuzzle up to this bonus episode with the fabulous (and hilarious), Kate J. Armstrong, host of 'The Exploress' podcast. And don't worry, there's nothing we've mentioned here that you haven't thought about already... For a copy of Kate's transcript on 'The Powerful and Mysterious History of Periods', head on over to our website: https://coffeeandcocktailspodcast.wordpress.com/2021/03/19/new-bonus-episode-now-available-on-the-history-you-guessed-it-of-periods/ You can also check out her bonus episode on 'Period Pains' available now on The Exploress Podcast: https://www.patreon.com/theexploresspodcast ***** Sign up on Patreon to support the show: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
Warning: This episode does contain some adult language. 'The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things explores the strange, dark place between art and curiosities' and its this fantastic online museum that led to our interview with curator and art historian, Dr Chelsea Nichols. If you'd like to learn more about her work on sex weasels, meat rain, and witch cake (yes, you heard me right), then head on over to her Instagram page and join her ever-increasing followers, now numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Show notes: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ridiculously_interesting/ Website: https://ridiculouslyinteresting.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/museumweirdo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridiculouslyinteresting/ The Dowse Art Museum, Candy Coated Exhibition: https://dowse.org.nz/exhibitions/detail/candy-coated ***** Sign up on Patreon to support the show: https://patreon.com/coffeeandcocktailspodcast
Comments (3)

ID18899872

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

Jun 14th
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ID18899872

Dr Bolton is such a lovely soul!

Jun 14th
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ID18899872

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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