Call for applications: PODCASTING for Academia - A beginner’s workshop

February 2, 2021

The CEU Library and the Visual Studies Platform are pleased to offer a six-session, online workshop on academic podcasting, led by our new Audio Education Specialist. 

Podcasts can help you present, promote and more broadly disseminate your research, or other topics you wish to explore, through this alternative, highly accessible format. This workshop provides conceptual and hands-on experience for participants to realize their individual podcast ideas, from learning to develop a concept, record oneself and/or interview partners or hosts, and then complete all necessary audio post production.  During class critiques, students receive feedback and critique from both instructor and peers and learn to improve their work. 

The workshop will be held online due to the current lockdown, and focused on instructing participants in creating podcasts with available resources, including smartphone audio recording, and editing using free software, allowing users to edit and mix podcasts on their personal laptops. If lockdown restrictions allow, participants will also learn to use the Media Hub’s new Audio Lab in an on-site session, which includes a soundproof recording studio capable of recording podcasts for four participants, as well as a range of new audio field recording equipment. After completing this training users are certified to use the Audio Lab in the future.

Instructors: Thomas Aichinger, Audio Education Specialist; Dr. Cathy Hannabach, Academic Podcasting Specialist & host of Imagine Otherwise podcast

Workshop dates: March 3 – April 21 

The workshop is comprised of six sessions, including five consecutive weekly sessions March 3 – March 31, then a two week break for production, then a final session on April 7. 

Application Guidelines 

Due to space restrictions, sixteen applicants will be selected to participate.  

  • Students, faculty and staff are welcome to apply. 
  • As all sessions are necessary to complete the workshop you should make sure that you can attend all of them. 
  • No prior experience is necessary, but applicants should have basic computer skills.  
  • Those that already have a podcast and want to improve the quality of it are also welcome to apply. 

How to apply:  
Please send an email to including the following: 

  • A short synopsis for your basic idea for a podcast (max. 250 words). 
  • Briefly answer the following question: Do you have any experience with audio production? 
  • Optional: Share your podcast with us if you already have one. 

Deadline for applications: February 19
Results will be communicated by:  February 22 
Confirmation by:  February 23, end of day 

Please note that this program cannot be taken for credit.



Dr. Cathy Hannabach is the founder and CEO of Ideas on Fire, where she helps interdisciplinary scholars write and publish awesome books while enlivening public conversations through podcasting and other forms of cultural production.

For the past 6 years, she has hosted the Imagine Otherwise podcast, which highlights those bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures. Imagine Otherwise’s programming partners have included the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the Cultural Studies Association, and the Association for Asian American Studies.

She is the creator of the online course How to Start an Academic Podcast and is a passionate advocate for the role of podcasting in public intellectualism and community-engaged scholarship within and beyond the university. 

Dr. Hannabach received her PhD in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis and her BA in gender and women’s studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Philadelphia.

DI Thomas Aichinger is CEU’s new Audio Education Specialist. He is also the founder of scopeaudio and SONIC TRACES

After his studies at the University of Applied Arts in Salzburg Thomas began working in different studios in Austria and Switzerland where he was responsible for the audio postproduction and sound design of cinema and TV productions.

He also composed music to approx. 25 episodes of Austria’s kids show “Tom Turbo” and signations for ORF. During his time in Basel Thomas was responsible for the concept and creation of the sound design of the BMW museum in Munich, where he gained a lot of experience in multichannel audio productions. This led to his work in the field of 3D audio. 

He now creates location based immersive AR audio experiences and is considered an expert in this field. He constantly shares his knowledge at international conferences (AES NYC, AES Vienna, Stereopsia Brussels, All about Audio Symposium and more).

As Audio Education Specialist at CEU, Thomas teaches courses in Podcasting and Audio Postproduction and is responsible for the new Audio Lab in Vienna. He is also curating CEU’s Podcast Library.