Theory and Practice of Microhistory

A Workshop at Collegium Budapest on 19 June 2009

supported by

the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme – Andrew W. Mellon Program (Paris),
the Tempus Foundation (Budapest) and Collegium Budapest

10.20
Gábor Klaniczay
(Collegium Budapest)
Welcoming address

PANEL 1:

FROM THE THEORY TO THE SOURCES OF MICROHISTORY

Chair: Gábor Klaniczay

Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon
(Center for Microhistory at the Reyjavík Academy)
An introduction into microhistory

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon
(Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Method and perspective

David Ólafsson
(Center for Microhistory at the Reyjavík Academy)
Community based microhistories
and related scholarly approaches within humanities and social sciences

DISCUSSION

11.30–11.50 Coffee break

PANEL 2:

FROM DEMOGRAPHY TO MICROHISTORY

Chair: Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon

Arnfinn Kjelland
(Volda University College)

God-parentage in early modern Europe – a topic for a master thesis in microhistory?

Levente Pakot
(Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Institute of History)

The life course approach and its implications in historical demography and family history

Lucia Werneck Xavier
(Projeto Resgate, Brazil)

Possibilities of microhistory: challenging cultural dichotomies in Dutch Brazil

Text of a short presentation, the full paper will be available later on.

Harald Krøvel
(Volda University College)

Teachers in the ambulatory school in rural Norway during the 19th century.
A microhistorical approach

DISCUSSION

13.10–14.00 Lunch

PANEL 3:

MICROHISTORY AND GENDER

Chair: Arnfinn Kjelland

Bragi Thorgrimur Ólafsson
(Library of the University of Reykjavík)

Sex and gender in microhistory

Mette Vårdal
(Volda University College)

Kin vs. virtue. A mother’s effort to keep daughters
social status up in the mid-19th century

DISCUSSION

14.40–15.00 Coffee break

15.00–16.00
DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CURRICULUM OF
AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE MA-COURSE ’MICROHISTORY’

Moderator: István Szijártó