#deeptalk 03 Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon

Ve více než čtyřhodinovém rozhovoru, který je zatím "the deepest of our deep talks", Sigurður Gylfi vzpomíná na studium na Carnegie-Mellonově univerzitě, svou první knihu, články i na léta kariéry nezávislého badatele. Zmíníme se také o tom, co vede sociálního historika ke kritice sociálních dějin i historické demografie a obratu k malému měřítku a mikrohistorii. Dozvíme se i to, jak vznikla edice Microhistories v nakladatelství Routledge.


In more than four hours of interview, which became the deepest of our deep talks yet Sigurður Gylfi talks about his studies at Carnegie Mellon University, his first published book, his first article and his years as an independent researcher. We will reflect on what causes a social historian to criticise social history and historical demography and turn towards a small scale of research and microhistory. We will find out how the series Microhistories was established in Routledge.



[0:00:00] Personal webpage of S.G.M. 

[00:26:15] Thernstrom, Stephan. 1964. Poverty and Progress: Social Mobility in a Nineteenth Century City. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

[00:29:45] Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon. 1995. “From Children's Point of View: Childhood in Nineteenth-Century Iceland.” Journal of Social History. Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 295-323.


The Journal of American History

The American Historical Review

[01:40:38] Modell, John, Marc Goulden and Sigurður Magnússon. “World War II in the Lives of Black Americans: Some Findings and Interpretation.” The Journal of American History. Vol. 76, No. 3, pp. 838-848.

[01:44:31] Anthology from Icelandic Popular Culture (Sýnisbók íslenskrar alþýðumenningar)

[01:47:40] Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon and István M. Szijártó. 2013. What is Microhistory. New York: Routledge.

[01:55:00] Microhistories Book Series (Routledge)

[01:56:00] Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon. 2003. "The Singularization of History": Social History and Microhistory within the Postmodern State of Knowledge. Journal of Social History. Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 701-735.

[01:58:28] Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon. 1997. Education, Love and Grief. A Micro-Historical Analyses of the 19th and the 20th Century Peasant Society in Iceland. Studia Historica 13. Reykjavík: Institute of History and the Icelandic University Press. (in Icelandic).

[02:10:00] Ginzburg, Carlo. 1982. The Cheese and the Worms: the Cosmos of a Sixteenth-century Miller. New York: Penguin Books.

[02:10:40] Muir, Edward and Guido Ruggiero (eds.). 1991. Microhistory and the lost peoples of Europe. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

[02:10:50] Quaderni Storici

[02:14:27] Ginzburg, Carlo. 1993. “Microhistory: Two or Three Things That I Know about It.” Critical Inquiry Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 10-35.


Le retour de Martin Guerre (1982 movie).

Zemon Davis, Natalie. 1993. The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.


Finlay, Robert. 1988. “The Refashioning of Martin Guerre.” The American Historical Review. Vol. 93, No. 3, pp. 553-571.

Zemon Davis, Natalie. 1988. "On the Lame." The American Historical Review. Vol. 93, No. 3, pp. 572-603.

[02:19:19] On postmodernism:

The American Historical Review, Vol. 94, No. 4, Oct., 1989. 

Jarausch, Konrad H. 1989. „Towards a Social History of Experience: Postmodern Predicaments in Theory and Interdisciplinarity.“ Central European History 22, pp. 427–443.

[02:19:55] Sajdi, Dana. 2013. The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant. Redwood: Stanford University Press.

[02:21:00] Guðný Hallgrímsdóttir. 2019. A Tale of a Fool? A Microhistory of an 18th-Century Peasant Woman. New York: Routledge.

[02:21:44] Cohen, Tom. 2019. Roman Tales: A Reader's Guide to the Art of Microhistory. New York: Routledge.

[02:22:16] McLaren, Angus. 1993. A Prescription for Murder: The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

[02:22:46] White, Luise. 2000. Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa. Oakland: University of California Press.

[02:23:17] Farge, Arlette. 2015. The Allure of the Archives. New Haven: Yale University Press.

[02:26:15] Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon. 2010. Wasteland with Words: A Social History of Iceland. London: Reaktion Books.

[02:41:20] Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon and István M. Szijártó. 2013. What is Microhistory. New York: Routledge.

[02:44:52] Szijártó, István M. 2002. “Four Arguments for Microhistory.” Rethinking History 6(2), pp. 209-215.


Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon and David Olafsson. 2012. “Minor Knowledge: Microhistory, Scribal Communities, and the Importance of Institutional Structures.” Quaderni Storici, Vol. 47, No. 140 (2), pp. 495-524.

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon and David Olafsson. 2002. “Barefoot Historians: Education in Iceland in the modern period.” In Writing Peasants. Studies on Peasant Literacy in Early Modern Northern Europe, edited by Klaus-Joachim Lorenzen-Schmidt and Bjørn Poulsen, pp. 175-209. Århus: Landbohistorisk Selskab.


Laxness, Halldór. 1937-40. Heimsljós (The Light of the World).

Czech translation of Heimsljós (Světlo světa)

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon. 2020. Emotional Experience and Microhistory: A Life Story of a Destitute Pauper Poet in the 19th Century. New York: Routledge.

[03:18:06] Gunnar M. Magnús. 1956. Skáldið á Þröm: ævisaga Magnúsar Hj. Magnússonar. Reykjavík: Iðunn.

[03:21:23] Rosenwein, Barbara H. 2002. “Worrying about Emotions in History.” The American Historical Review, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp. 821–845.


Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon’s talk on microhistory

Microhistory network

[03:26:33] Zisowitz Stearns, Carol and Peter N. Stearns. 1989. Anger: The Struggle for Emotional Control in America’s History.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

[3:26:51] Zisowitz Stearns, Carol and Peter N. Stearns. 1985. “Emotionology: Clarifying the History of Emotions and Emotional Standards.” The American Historical Review, Volume 90, Issue 4, pp. 813–836.


Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon. 2004. Soft Spots (Snöggir blettir). Reykjavík: Center for Microhistorical Research and The Reykjavík Museum of Photography.

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon. 2022. Archive, Slow Ideology and Egodocuments as Microhistorical Autobiography. Potential History. New York: Routledge.


Further recommendations from our guest:

Domanska, Ewa. 1998. Encounters. Philosophy of History and Postmodernism. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

Maria Lúcia G. Pallares-Burke. 2002. The New History. Confessions and Conversations. London: Polity.

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