Personal Statement:

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon is currently a Professor of Cultural History, Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Iceland. He is furthermore chair of the Center for Microhistorical Research ( He has written seventeen books and numerous articles published in Iceland and abroad. His latest books in English are: Wasteland with Words. A Social History of Iceland (London: Reaktion Books, 2010), What is Microhistory? Theory and Practice (London: Routledge, 2013), co-authored with István M. Szijártó and Minor Knowledge and Microhistory (London: Routledge, 2016), co-authored with Davíð Ólafsson. Sigurður Gylfi is the founder and one of three editors of a book series named: “The Anthology of Icelandic Popular Culture” (Sýnisbók íslenskrar alþýðumenningar) which has so far published twenty books, mostly on the topics of egodocuments and everyday-life history. He is also co-editor with István M. Szijártó of a new international book series, Microhistories, published by Routledge. He is a visiting scholar at the the History Department at University of California, Santa Barbara for the academic year 2016–2017.