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Historisches Seminar



15past15 is a podcast which discusses how the past is made, and by whom.

Its third season traces the 150-year long history of the Department of History at the University of Zurich. The podcast follows questions such as: What were the consequences of 1968? What was the societal context for the founding of the department? The third season is produced by Jose Cáceres Mardones and Maryam Joseph, and includes many guests. The third season is in German.

Its second season examines changing understandings of Wealth / Reichtum / Richesse, from the medieval to the modern, and from Europe to Asia, the Americas, and beyond. What was the relationship between wealth and natural resources? How has wealth been expressed, both intellectually and in terms of material culture? How have wealth inequalities affected power, health, and global development? And why should historians care?

15past15’s first season focused on history and history-writing in East Asia, from the sixteenth century to today. Interviewees debated the indigenous historical traditions of China and Japan in particular, and the ways that understandings of the past evolved at times of acute political and societal change.


Season 1: History-writing in East Asia

Season 2: Wealth and the Writing of History

Season 3: Das Seminar. Archivgeschichten