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‘Footnoting History’ Goes from Strength to Strength

 

Footnoting History

We previously reported how The Canadian Broadcasting Company included the podcast “The Royal Teeth of Louis XIV“, an episode of Footnoting History by  Christine Caccipuoti, on their list of “10 History Podcasts You Need to Hear.”  The episode, produced by Fordham graduate alumna Christine Caccipuoti, went viral, and  was downloaded more than 8,000 times.   Right now, Footnoting History is the featured podcast on History Podcasts and on March 19, Footnoting History podcasters will be hosting an AMA (“Ask me Anything”) on Reddit.

Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge is a Fordham Doctoral candidate and producer of Footnoting History

Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge is a Fordham Doctoral candidate and producer of Footnoting History

Footnoting History was conceived of by Fordham Doctoral candidate Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge and the podcasts began in 2013. She told the Fordham News that “she started the series as a sort of “career plan B,” in case the coveted job of university professor eludes her upon graduation.”  New episodes are released biweekly, and the various speakers bring to life quirky and interesting aspects of history that are often over looked.  Some of their most recent episodes include: Apples in America, The Great Medieval Canon Law Forgery, and Sherlock Holmes in Popular Culture.

Footnoting History also offers five unique on-going ‘Special Series’. For those who love ‘man’s best friend’ you might enjoy the Doggy History series which includes episodes like Dogs: The Final Frontier and Mush! A Short History of Dog Sledding.  The on-going specials also include Film History (with episodes like The Birth of the Blockbuster)  Running History  (the third episode is titled The Origin of the Marathon: Linking Past to Present),  Revolutionary History (Empress Eugenie in Exile Part II: Life After Empire) and Medieval  Conspiracy Theories (which features episodes like The Husband Killing She-Wolf of Naples).

The image above is used for the the Mush! Short History of Dog Sledding episode.

The image above is used for the the Mush! Short History of Dog Sledding episode.

Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge told the Fordham News, “We see ourselves as everyone’s quirky friend who always has a historical anecdote/reference whenever out socializing.” She credits the success of Footnoting History with the podcasts friendly conversational tone. She explains the team strives “not to sound like teachers” and that podcasters speak  on a level that is understandable and yet not condescending to their audience.  History podcasts and blogs are now a popular source for information and entertainment for students in secondary school and hobbyist historians.

Footnoting History is an exciting example of  presents a unique and exciting opportunity for academic historians to share their love and passion for history with friends and family.

 

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge,  Christine Caccipuoti and the entire Footnoting History team on a job well done. We certainly look forward to following their insightful podcasts.

Listen to Footnoting History here.

Click here to read the Fordham News article about Footnoting History 

 

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Talking Through the Issues: A Podcast Series on the Crusader States

Screenshot 2015-10-19 20.52.34A new conversation has started within the History Department at Fordham. Under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Paul, graduate students in his Crusader States class are developing podcasts as a means to initiate discussion. The course, “charts the social, political, and cultural history of the feudal principalities (sometimes called “Crusader States” “the Latin East” or the ‘Frankish Levant”) that were established by Latin Christians in the Eastern Mediterranean in the wake of the First Crusade.” The podcasts, in turn, each focus on a specific theme within the current scholarship, from the background to the First Crusade in the Eastern Mediterranean, to the relationships between Latin Europeans and eastern Christians and Muslims, through the cultural, social, and political development of the Crusader States themselves

What are the advantages of the podcast format? Tom Schellhammer, a student in the course, commented that, “Historical scholarship must also embrace the current trend towards technological interaction,” as “Technology allows us to reach a wide audience, and this idea is a fantastic intro to anyone interested in learning more about the Crusader States. A podcast can build interest by succinctly covering the important discussion points on any one topic, and highlighting the importance of the topic and asking intriguing questions that spark even more debate and scholarship.”

For Tom, and all of the students in The Crusader States, further and broader discussion about the aftermath of the First Crusade is the ultimate goal, and they believe that using podcasts promotes that within and beyond their seminar. Tom says, “I think that as a class we have come up with some thought provoking questions which might benefit a larger community studying the Crusader States.   I find the material challenging and want to hear outside comments upon the work that we are doing, so I appreciate the opportunity to be heard and receive feedback on our discussions. On a topic that has interest in such widespread and diverse communities,  the podcasts truly help reach outside thoughts and opinions and ignite those same thoughts to be shared here at Fordham.”

Check out all the podcasts and listen to Tom address issues faced by the Crusader military and debate whether the creation of new states was inevitable in the aftermath of the First Crusade. History is about so much more than the sources analyzed and papers written– it is about sharing what we learn with others in hopes of creating an atmosphere of inquiry, debate, and ultimately, understanding.

 

 

 

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Footnoting History Anniversary Podcast

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Fordham graduate students behind the popular “Footnoting History” podcast are celebrating its first anniversary. Having discussed such topics as the history of dogs, medieval conspiracy theories, France during the revolution, and running, the team use this special podcast to introduce themselves, talk about how they got interested in studying history, and what they love about history.

You can listen to the anniversary podcast at this link.

 

 

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