In late October of 2014, Magnus Bärtås, Andrej Slávik and Michelle Teran travelled to Bologna for a conversation with Carlo Ginzburg. Andrej had already met Carlo about a year before when he gave a guest lecture at Södertörn University, and seized the opportunity to tell him about the particulars of the Microhistories project, asking him if he would be interested in giving an interview.
Indeed, he was. At the summit of a dizzying flight of stairs tucked behind massive front doors, Carlo welcomed us into an apartment where every available surface – shelves, tables, even chairs – was piled high with books, journals and assorted papers. After the introductions and niceties, we settled down in the innermost study and started out on what was to become a long and winding dialogue that lasted for most of the day (with a break for lunch) and reached into the next morning, touching on a broad range of sometimes unexpected topics.
“‘[…] dynamism in a single image.’ Twelve snapshots from a conversation with Carlo Ginzburg”, in Magnus Bärtås & Andrej Slávik (eds.), Microhistories (Stockholm: Konstfack, 2016), pp. 36–39, 70–71, 80–81, 96–98, 124–125, 156–157, 182–183, 190–191, 210–211, 242–243, 280–282, 292–294 (28 s.), ISBN 978–91–85549–20–7. Read the entire interview here.