Foodways in Medieval Anatolia

with Nicolas Trépanier

hosted by Nir Shafir and Polina Ivanova

Nir Shafir and Polina Ivanova with Nicolas Trépanier.
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At the heart of medieval political economies were a variety of practices, structures, and activities that revolved around the production and distribution of food. In this episode, Nicolas Trépanier discusses his research for Foodways and Daily Life in Medieval Anatolia, which examines life in the early Ottoman Empire through the lens of food and drink. We discuss diverse subjects from agrarian labor and temporality to religion and commerce in order to understand how people lived through what and how they ate.

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Nicolas Trépanier is Associate Professor of History at the University of Mississippi and the author of Foodways and Daily Life in Medieval Anatolia: A New Social History (University of Texas Press, 2014). His current research focuses on landscape and perceptions of place in the late medieval Anatolian countryside.
Nir Shafir is a historian of the Middle East whose research examines the intersections of knowledge production, religious practice, and material culture in the early modern world (1400-1800). He curates Ottoman History Podcast’s series on history of science in addition to being one of the co-founders of, a website that explores the archives and libraries of the Islamic world. He is currently an advanced doctoral candidate in the History Department at UCLA.
Polina Ivanova is a Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University and a 2016-18 Tyler Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Her interests include history of the medieval Mediterranean, Anatolia and Iran, as well as archaeology and material culture studies.


Episode No. 233
Release Date: 22 March 2016
Recording Location: Cambridge, MA
Editing and production by Chris Gratien
Sound excerpts: Istanbul'dan Ayva Gelir Nar Gelir - Azize Tozem and Sari RecepBaglamamin Dugumu - Necmiye Ararat and Muzaffer; Harmandali - Recep Efendi, Cemal Efendi
Image and bibliography courtesy of Nicolas Trépanier


Foodways and Daily Life in Medieval Anatolia
by Nicolas Trépanier
University of Texas Press, 2014
Trépanier, Nicolas. Foodways and Daily Life in Medieval Anatolia: A New Social History. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press,2014.

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