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Microhistory rose to prominence more than three decades ago after the publication of Carlo Ginzburg’s Cheese and the Worms (1976) and Natalie Davis’s Return of Martin Guerre (1983).  It highlighted the agency as well as experiences of common people and challenged major narratives of historical change. By the 1990s its success in teaching history sparked anxiety that students might know more about Martin Guerre than about Martin Luther. This workshop brings together leaders in the field to chart current microhistorical practices. It explores how such approaches can inform a new global history, the history of emotions and intellectual history, the writing and teaching of history as much as creative collaborations with artists.

Speakers include: 

  • Ulinka Rublack, (University of Cambridge)

  • Ms Gemma Dormer, Institute of Historical Research

  • Francesca Trivellato, (Yale University)

  • John-Paul Ghobrial, (University of Oxford)

  • Maxine Berg, (University of Warwick)

  • Tom Robisheaux, (Duke University)

  • Emma Rothschild, (Harvard University)

  • Benjamin Kaplan, (UCL)

For a provisional programme, please click here

Fees apply

  • Full rate: £35
  • Concession rate: £25 (Student/retired/IHR Friend)

Fees include refreshments and lunch