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#034 - MARTIN REMPE: Being a Musician in Germany, 1850-1960
24.09.2020

A few countries can boast a musical heritage comparable to Germany's. Yet, this tradition was made possible by rank-and-file musicians, whose position in society was far from stable and acknowledged. In this episode, we discuss a history of music in Germany "from below". Applying the triad art, play, and work to music as an unresolved matrix to unpack what is often considered a "creative" category, we link the experience and perceptions of musicians to German political history and the musicians' struggle for recognition. In the second part of the conversation, we approach the gendered dimension of musical professionalisation, the impact of musicians' mobility on "national" traditions, and the challenges posed by new technologies to making a living with music.

#033 - ALAN MIKHAIL: How the Ottomans shaped the Modern World
18.08.2020

The Ottoman Empire was a key force in the making of the early modern world. Growing from a regional to a global player and to the most powerful Muslim empire at the turn of the 16th century, the role of the Ottomans has been largely neglected by Eurocentric narratives about the Atlantic exploration and the Reformation. This episode is based on Alan Mikhail's new work “God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, his Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World”. In the first part, we discuss the trajectory of Selim I, one of the most important sultans of the House of Osman, and the conflict with his father Bayezid. His life spans from military campaigns in Eastern Anatolia to crucial victories against the Mamluk Empire, which allowed Selim to officially become Caliph and leader of Sunni Islam. In the second part, we open a perspective on the global implications of imperial rivalries in the Mediterranean. To re-center the Ottomans sheds light on how reactions to a powerful Muslim empire drove Columbus’s and other conquistadors’ worldview, which in turn lingered on in US-American self-perceptions and othering of Muslims and Native Americans.

#032 - The Mediterranean viewed from the Southern Shore
18.07.2020

Modern Mediterranean history and Middle Eastern history rarely dialogue with each other. Whereas European ideas and practices of and in the Mediterranean have been studied thoroughly, only recently did researchers start to examine ideas and experiences through which actors on the Southern shore contributed to the making of the Mediterranean.In this episode, recorded during a conference in Beirut, we discuss the relevance of the Mediterranean in Arab ideas, institutions and identity constructions in the late Ottoman and post-Ottoman period.

#031 - LEON SALTIEL: History and memory of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki
18.06.2020

In 1943, the almost entire Jewish population of Thessaloniki was arrested and deported to Nazi extermination camps. This tragic event marked an irrevocable rupture in the centuries-old history of the local Jewish community. In this episode, we discuss an innovative history of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki through the focus on interactions between Nazi occupiers, local Christian elites, the Jewish population, professional institutions, state and church authorities. Inspired by a plurality of sources, this approach is pioneering for the reflections it opens on the municipal dimension of the persecutions and the Holocaust, and how this has only recently become part of the city's memory after decades of silence.

#030 - SINA STEGLICH: Archives and Temporality in the 19th century
22.04.2020

In the 19th century, technological innovations brought about new conceptions of time. The idea of modernity redefined the contemporaries' relationship with the past. State institutions began a systematic reorganization of their archives, which started to function as the main repository of historical traces for scholars. At the same time, these sites were visited by broader population segments out of curiosity, familial matters, or simply a genuine fascination for past documents. In this episode, we discuss the interrelation of archives and temporality in Europe through the eyes of historians and state institutions.

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