Istanbul and the Ottoman Olfactory Heritage | Lauren Davis

E 363 | What did Istanbul's Spice Bazaar smell like in Ottoman times? In this episode, we explore the historical smellscape of this iconic market space from its early history up to the present day. Through a story about Ottoman smells and their transformations in the twentieth century, we touch on the trade routes of exotic spices, Ottoman marketing practices, and the greener, more fragrant Istanbul that still lives in the memories of twentieth-century shopowners who spent their lives in and around the Bazaar. Finally, we consider how telling history through smell could change the way we think about the past and struggle to preserve it. See more at: Lauren Davis recently completed her PhD on sensory history and intangible heritage at Koç University in Istanbul. She is the curator of the travelling exhibition "Scent and the City," which explores Turkish history through smell and has been hosted by Koç University's ANAMED in Istanbul and the Erimtan Museum in Ankara. Susanna Ferguson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Middle Eastern History at Columbia University. She is currently working on a dissertation entitled "Tracing Tarbiya: Women, Gender and Childrearing in Egypt and Lebanon, 1865-1939." CREDITS Episode No. 363 Release Date: 22 June 2018 Recording Location: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul Audio editing by Susanna Ferguson Music: Istanbuldan Ayva Gelir Nar Gelir - Azize Tozem and Sari Recep Images and bibliography courtesy of Lauren Davis Available at:

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