Podcasting the Ottomans II

Episode 360

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In 2017, our episode Podcasting the Ottomans took a look at Professor Dana Sajdi’s Ottoman history course at Boston College that was based primarily on episodes of the Ottoman History Podcast, and elicited student reactions to the medium. In this conversation, we explore students’ experiences of making their own podcasts as we sit down with Dr. Michael Talbot to discuss the pedagogic thinking behind his course, ‘Cities of the Sultans: Life in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.’ After talking to Dr. Talbot about his experience with the course, we chat with some of his final year undergraduate students from the History programme at the University of Greenwich in London to hear about their own engagement with Ottoman history, podcasts, and podcasting.

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To hear our interview with Dana Sajdi and her Boston College students about the podcast medium and the course "Podcasting the Ottomans," play the embedded SoundCloud file below

To hear a selection of student podcasts about the early modern Ottoman Empire from "Podcasting the Ottomans" (Boston College) and "Cities of the Sultans" (University of Greenwich), play the embedded SoundCloud file below

Contributor Bios

Michael Talbot received his PhD from SOAS in 2013 for a thesis on Ottoman-British relations in the eighteenth century, and now lectures and researches on a range of topics in Ottoman history at the University of Greenwich in London. He is also a BBC and Arts & Humanities Research Council ‘New Generation Thinker’.

Taylan Güngör is a doctoral candidate at SOAS in London. His interests are in Medieval and Pre-Modern Eastern Mediterranean trading circles and his research is on trade in Istanbul after 1453.

Zeinab Azarbadegan is a PhD candidate in International and Global History at Columbia University. She is currently conducting research for her dissertation project on the subject of sovereignty and citizenship in nineteenth century Ottoman Iraq.


Episode No. 360
Release Date: 29 April 2018
Recording Location: University of Greenwich
Audio editing by Taylan Güngör
Special thanks to Muhtelif for use of "Bint El Shalabiya"
Bibliography courtesy of Michael Talbot

Select Bibliography

Click for ‘Cities of the Sultans’ online course page via University of Greenwich (curated by Michael Talbot) 

Byrne, Angela, ‘Podcasting for Learning and Assessment in Undergraduate History’, Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching 8:12 (2016): https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/compass/article/view/258/328

Kolb, David A., Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice Hall, 1984.