15past15 is a new podcast which discusses how the past is made, and by whom.
Don't Leave the Past to the Economists (Mary O'Sullivan)
S02E14 Mary O’Sullivan examines the contestations that go into ‘learning from
the past’—in particular, from the Great Depression—and highlights the need for
economists and historians to deconstruct the notion of ‘lessons’ from that past. Interviewed
by Martin Dusinberre and Simon Teuscher; produced by Dario Willi.
To Save or Not To Save (Sheldon Garon)
S02E13 Sheldon Garon discusses how the habit of saving had to be learned in late-nineteenth
century Japan as elsewhere in the world, thus debunking a wider narrative of Asian ‘culture’
being central to an individual’s relationship to money. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre; produced
by Dario Willi.
Wealth in the Sharia Courts (Beshara Doumani)
S02E12 Beshara Doumani explains what strategies had to be considered in planning for
property devolution after death through the waqf in seventeenth- to nineteenth-century Ottoman
Syria—and the wider significance of this story for understanding the role of the family in Middle
Eastern history. Interviewed by Birgit Tremml-Werner and Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.
Thinking with Medieval Markets (Joel Kaye)
S02E11 Joel Kaye shows how medieval scholars engaged with the so-called ‘commercial
revolution’ of Europe’s late Middle Ages in order to conceptualize the ‘market’
in new ways and thereby develop a new model of equilibrium in economics, politics and science.
Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre and Birgit Tremml-Werner; produced by Dario Willi.
A Tale of Tuna (Nadin Hée)
S02E10 Nadin Hée takes the example of tuna fishing as a departure point both for
considering Japan’s engagement with transpacific markets and also as a way for understanding the
significance of the ‘pelagic’ empire for the wider history of resource extraction.
Interviewed by Birgit Tremml-Werner and Martin Dusinberre; produced by Dario Willi.
Brazil's Black Gold (Antoine Acker)
S02E09 Antoine Acker examines the transformation of Brazilian society, and of debates about
national wealth and Brazil’s place in the industrialized world, following the discovery of oil in
the 1930s. Interviewed by Martin Dusinberre and Birgit Tremml-Werner; produced by Dario Willi.