Cheese, Worms, and Microhistory

ML participants

On Monday, 10/23/23, Methods Labs welcomed Thomas Robisheaux and John Martin to discuss the historical methodology of Microhistory. Using the classic work The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzburg as a jumping off point, Drs. Robisheaux and Martin commented on their experiences--including, in the case of Dr. Martin, points where he came up short--in practicing microhistory. From there, discussion moved into other topics such as whether microhistory is a useful methodology, how to do global microhistory, advice for students who are interested in microhistory, and other topics related to Ginzburg's work and its pioneering methodology.

The discussion was moderated by Ananya Mahapatra and Clay Capra, both graduate students in the Duke History Department.