A collection of history-focused podcasts that I create here and there. Rather than getting stuck on names and dates, I take a framework-approach, meaning I explore the history of history, the different ways we think about history, and what does history mean to us.
Memorialization, Memory Activism and the Historians Role
In this episode, I explore the ways in which memorials can be used for activism, specifically memory activism, and what role the historian has in the process of memorialization and responsible memory activism. Using the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to frame these questions, listeners will learn about the memorialization process of this specific memorial as well as understand the importance of responsible history, memorialization, and activism when dealing with sensitive events in history.
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. “Recognizing and Countering Holocaust Distortion: Recommendations for Policy and Decision Makers.” IHRA. (2021).
James E. Young. “Germany’s Holocaust Memorial Problem– and Mine.” The Public Historian, 24(4): 65-80, University of California Press, (Fall 2022).
Johan Ahr. "Memory and Mourning in Berlin: On Peter Eisenman’s 'Holocaust-Mahnmal.'" Modern Judaism, 28(3), (Oct., 2008): 283-305. Oxford University Press.
Lia Kent, "Transitional justice and the spaces of memory activism in Timor-Leste and Aceh." Global Change, Peace & Security, 31(2), (2019): 181-199.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Holocaust Memory at Risk: The Distortion of Holocast History across Europe, Summary of Findings and Recommendations.” USHMM. (September, 2021).
Kasabova, Anita. “Memory, Memorials, and Commemoration.” History and Theory 47, no. 3 (2008): 331–50.
Locke, Robert. “Peter Eisenman: “Liberal Views Have Never Built Anything of Value.” Archinect Features. [Interview]. July 27, 2004.
The Tastes of Identity
This tour/podcast is for anyone looking to learn more about the relationship between food and identity, as well as how food can be used as a lens for understanding history.
This walking tour is about engaging your senses. Scents most strongly trigger our memory. We use touch for hands-on learning. Sound brings us into the here and now, engaging us in the present moment. Sight is how we observe and describe. But this tour focuses on taste, the tastes of identity.
Using food as a means to understand history and identity, we’ll dive into the narratives of four cultures found on Brick Lane: the British, the Indian, the Jewish, and the Bangladeshi. Tea tells a story of colonization, sugar of dehumanization, curry of migration, and bagels of immigration. All together, they tell a story of translocations, glocalization, and our search for authenticity.
For a more active engagement, use the instagram page to follow along and see photos of the sites/topics being discussed. In the profile, there is also a link to a video format of the tour: https://www.instagram.com/tastesofidentity/