5 Things: Podcasts

I recently got an iPad (I know, welcome to the 21st century, right?) and have become an avid listener of a variety of podcasts. While I probably enjoy listening to at least 10 different podcasts, I’ve chosen five that I can’t get enough of right now:

Stuff Mom Never Told You. This has a distinctly feminist bent, but (so?) shouldn’t preclude anyone from listening. In addition to a variety of other topics looked at from a feminist and gender perspective, earlier this summer they did a series on romantic comedies. It was great and has added several films to my must-watch list.

Stuff You Missed in History Class. These are fun and cover a variety of historical topics that, as the name suggests, you probably didn’t learn in your general education history classes. (Several weeks ago, the hosts posted to the podcast’s blog about concerns that they include “too many women” on the program. If you want to read their excellent response to that claim, click here.)

Pop Culture Happy Hour. This podcast makes me aware of how painfully unaware I am of pop culture. But they did do an episode on “Bob’s Burgers” last month that was something I know about before listening.

Ottoman History Podcast. This obviously aligns more to my particular professional and academic interests, but, like “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” the hosts and guests provide you with a look at the past that you probably never got. They also do a good job at showing how history isn’t just memorizing a bunch of names and dates.

Sit’N Listen. This comes from Harvard University’s graduate student organization, Science in the News (SITN), and has so far discussed a number of topics, ranging from GMOs to the construction of sex and gender in science (spoiler from the latter: science isn’t as objective as we like to think it is!).

Bonus for those who like politics: Off Message and The Axe Files are two I’ve been listening to lately.

Since I’m a podcast neophyte, I’d be happy to hear your recommendations in the comments!

Week 2 Roll Call

Well folks, life has been busy, so I apologize for the tardiness in this post, as well as my lack of summary from last week’s (one) reading. Also, a few amendments have been made to my schedule for this quarter. This list includes those changes. I also apologize for any errors in the spelling or general correctness of names, titles, volume numbers, etc.

Historical Scholarship of the Modern Middle East

Carr, E. H. What is History? New York: Random House, 1961.

Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Random House, Inc., 1978

Research Seminar in United States History

This week’s topic: Theorizing the Archive

Bradley, Harriet. “The Seductions of the Archive: Voices Lost and Found.” History of the Human Sciences 12, no. 2 (May 1999): 107-122.

Featherstone, Mike. “Archive.” Theory, Culture, & Society 23 (May 2006): 591-596.

Schwartz, Joan, and Terri Cook. “Archives, Records, and Power: The Making of Modern Memory.” Archival Science 2, no. 2 (2002): 1-19.

Steedman, Carolyn. “The Space of Memory: In an Archive.” History of the Human Sciences 11, no. 4 (November 1998): 65-83.

Tollebeek, Jo. “Turn’d to Dust and Tears: Revisiting the Archive.” History and Theory 43 (May 2004): 237-248.

Velody, Irving. “The Archive and the Human Sciences: Notes Toward a Theory of the Archive.” History of the Human Sciences 11, no. 4 (November 1998): 1-16.

History and Theory

This week’s topic: Social History

August, Andrew. Narrative, Experience and Class: Nineteenth-century Social History in Light of the Linguistic Turn.” History Compass 9, no. 5 (2011): 384-396.

Eley, Geoff. “Dilemmas and Challenges of Social History since the 1960s: What Comes after the Cultural Turn?” South African Historical Journal 60, no. 3 (2008): 310-322.

Joyce, Patrick. “What is the Social in Social History?” Past and Present, 206, no. 1 (2010): 213-248.

Kocka, Jürgen. “Losses, Gains and Opportunities: Social History Today.” Journal of Social History 37, no. 1 (2003): 21-28.

Stearns, Peter N. “Social History Present and Future.” Journal of Social History 37, no. 1 (2003): 9-19.

Stearns, Peter N. “Coming of Age.” Journal of Social History 10, no. 2 (1976): 246-255.

Women in Arabic Literature

Hanan al-Shaykh, translator, One Thousand and One Nights (excerpts)

Qasim Amin, The Liberation of Women (excerpts)

What’s on your to-do or to-read list this week or month?