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"Women, Gender, and Sex in the Ottoman World" is a series of podcasts that pulls together women’s history and the history of gender and sex in the Ottoman Empire and beyond. It explores the particular historical experiences of women and girls based on the conviction that returning the lives, experiences, and ideas of women to the historical record will change the way we look at historical periods and transformations at large. It also investigates the ways in which gender and sexuality can serve as useful categories of historical analysis (Scott, 1986) as they help us to better understand broad transformations in regimes of knowledge and politics, relations of property, forms of governance, and the nature of the state. (podcast image by Russian photographer Prokudin-Gorskiĭ of Armenian woman in Artvin ca. 1905-1915 courtesy of US Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/prk2000001172/)

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"Women, Gender, and Sex in the Ottoman World" is a series of podcasts that pulls together women’s history and the history of gender and sex in the Ottoman Empire and beyond. It explores the particular historical experiences of women and girls based on the conviction that returning the lives, experiences, and ideas of women to the historical record will change the way we look at historical periods and transformations at large. It also investigates the ways in which gender and sexuality can serve as useful categories of historical analysis (Scott, 1986) as they help us to better understand broad transformations in regimes of knowledge and politics, relations of property, forms of governance, and the nature of the state. (podcast image by Russian photographer Prokudin-Gorskiĭ of Armenian woman in Artvin ca. 1905-1915 courtesy of US Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/prk2000001172/)

    Osmanlı İstanbul'unda Evlilik ve Boşanma

    Osmanlı İstanbul'unda Evlilik ve Boşanma

    Bölüm 437 Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik Sunucu Can Gümüş Podcast'i indirFeed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloud Osmanlı'da çiftler nasıl evlenir, nasıl boşanırdı? Bu podcast'te Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik ile İstanbul Bab, Davud Paşa ve Ahi Çelebi mahkemelerinin 1755-1840 yıllarındaki kayıtlarını inceleyerek tamamladığı doktora araştırması odağında, Osmanlı İstanbul'unda evlilik ve boşanma davaları üzerine sohbet ediyoruz. Elbirlik'in araştırması, kadınların evlilik, boşanma ve mülkiyetle ilişkili konularda mahkemeleri aktif olarak kullandıklarını gösterirken, Osmanlı ailesinde ve toplumunda kadının rolüne dair yaygın kanıları da yeniden değerlendiriyor. « Click for More »

    Population and Reproduction in the Late Ottoman Empire

    Population and Reproduction in the Late Ottoman Empire

    Episode 421 with Gülhan Balsoy and Tuba Demircihosted by Suzie Ferguson Download the podcast Feed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloud How did the experience of pregnancy and childbirth change in the Ottoman Empire in the context of nineteenth-century reforms? In this episode, we discuss how the question of managing a "population" become a key concern for the Ottoman state, bringing new opportunities and difficulties for Ottoman mothers and midwives alike. Questions about childbirth also became enmeshed in late-imperial demographic and cultural anxieties about the relationship between the Empire and its non-Muslim populations. As pregnancy and childbirth drew the attention of medical men, state bureaucrats, and men and women writers in the emerging periodical press, new technologies, regulations, and forms of medical knowledge changed what it meant to give birth and raise a child. « Click for More »

    The Story Has It

    The Story Has It

    a:hover { cursor:pointer; } Episode 419 with İpek Hüner Corahosted by Işın Taylan Download the podcast Feed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloud Ottoman literature is heavily associated with verse, namely, Ottoman court poetry, and to some extent, folk literature. Ottoman stories, however, remain unexplored, even though they circulated in the empire and entertained many. For us, today, they are an invaluable source to study daily life, gender and space in the early modern Ottoman world. What is an Ottoman story? What do Ottoman stories tell us? In this episode, İpek Hüner Cora joins the podcast to talk about fictional prose stories in the Ottoman Empire and we discuss the gendered and spatial aspects of stories scattered in manuscript collections. « Click for More »

    Osmanlı'da Kadınlar ve Mimarlık Üretimi

    Osmanlı'da Kadınlar ve Mimarlık Üretimi

    Bölüm 384 Muzaffer Özgüleş Sunucu: Can Gümüş Podcast'i indir Feed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloud Toplumsal cinsiyet bakış açısının son birkaç on yılda Osmanlı tarih yazımına yaptığı müdahaleler, saray kadınlarının imar faaliyetlerinde üstlendiği rolün giderek daha çok araştırılmasına da vesile oldu. Muzaffer Özgüleş’i konuk ettiğimiz bu bölümde, Sultan IV. Mehmed’in hasekisi, Sultan II. Mustafa ve Sultan III. Ahmed’in validesi Gülnuş Emetullah Sultan’ın imar faaliyetlerini detaylandırırken kadın baniler odağında kent, mimarlık üretimi ve toplumsal cinsiyet ilişkisini değerlendiriyoruz. « Click for More »

    Mihri Rasim Between Empire and Nation

    Mihri Rasim Between Empire and Nation

    Episode 378 with Özlem Gülin Dağoğluhosted by Sam Dolbee and Shireen Hamza Download the podcast Feed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloud Many myths have accompanied the life of Mihri Rasim, but few are as interesting as her life itself. Born to a wealthy family in Istanbul in the late Ottoman period, Mihri Rasim became a politically connected painter, living in Italy for several years on her own and then Paris, where she played a key role in the salons of Ottoman dissidents known as the Young Turks. In the wake of the 1908 Constitutional Revolution, she returned to Istanbul, and opened the Fine Arts School for Women in Istanbul, where she went on to teach. After the war, she went to Italy, and then the United States, where she continued her work painting and teaching. In addition to many self-portraits, she also painted various powerful figures, among them Mustafa Kemal, Mussolini, and Thomas Edison. Listen for a discussion of art, gender, and migration in a period of momentous political change. « Click for More »

    The Sultan's Eunuch

    The Sultan's Eunuch

    Episode 369 with Jane Hathawayhosted by Sanja Kadrić and Emily Neumeier Download the podcastFeed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloud For more than three centuries, a cadre of African eunuchs were responsible for guarding the Ottoman harem at the imperial palace in Istanbul. The head of this group, the Chief Harem Eunuch, emerged as an extremely influential individual at the court. This was especially true during the crisis years of the long seventeenth century, when the palace became divided along ever-shifting lines of political factions. In this episode, we trace the long trajectory of the office of Chief Harem Eunuch, from its establishment—coinciding with the sultan’s decision to begin residing full-time in the harem—until the ultimate demise of the empire. In particular, we highlight the high degree of mobility for these eunuchs, beginning with their initial journey from Ethiopia to the shores of the Bosphorus, and later on using their position to maintain strong ties to Cairo as well as the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina. A liminal figure in every sense of the word—in terms of gender, race, and his duties at the court—the Chief Harem Eunuch offers unique insights into the nature of political life at the Ottoman palace. « Click for More »

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