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Thomas Robisheaux, Fred W. Shaffer Professor

Thomas Robisheaux

As an historian of early modern Europe Dr. Robisheaux has particular interests in social and cultural history, German-speaking Central Europe, Renaissance culture, religious reform, popular religion and culture, and microhistory. Author of The Last Witch of Langenburg and Rural Society and the Search for Order in Early Modern Germany, Lost Worlds, and many articles, he teaches courses on European history; Reformation Europe; Magic, Religion and Science; social and economic history; and religion and society in early modern Europe. He is currently writing a book on the craft of microhistory. He is a member of the Society for Reformation Research and the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. As executive secretary of the Fruehe Neuzeit Interdisziplinaer (Conference Group in Early Modern German Studies) he co-organizes the trienniel conference in early modern studies at Duke University.


Duke Magazine, "A Witch's Brew," July/August 2009

Contact Info:
Office Location:  202 Carr Bldg, Department of History, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Office Phone:  (919) 684-5979
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • HISTORY 190FS.01, TOPICS IN FOCUS PROGRAM Synopsis
    Perkins 350, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 190FS.02)
  • HISTORY 257.01, REFORMATION EUROPE Synopsis
    Carr 137, MWF 10:20 AM-11:10 AM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 281.01)
Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • HISTORY 260.01, MAGIC/REL/SCI SINCE 1400 Synopsis
    Bio Sci 130, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 287.01, SCISOC 260.01)
  • HISTORY 520S.01, MICROHISTORY Synopsis
    Carr 136, W 06:30 PM-09:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 576S.01)
Office Hours:

Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:00 (202 Carr or the Perk)
Education:

Ph.D.University of Virginia1981
ABDuke University1974
B.A.Duke University1974
Specialties:

Medieval and Early Modern History
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Legal History
Cultural History
European and Russia
Global and Comparative
Research Interests:

As an historian of early modern Europe Dr. Robisheaux has particular interests in social and cultural history, German-speaking Central Europe, Renaissance culture, religious reform, popular religion and culture, and microhistory. Author of The Last Witch of Langenburg and Rural Society and the Search for Order in Early Modern Germany, Lost Worlds, and many articles, he teaches courses on European history; Reformation Europe; Magic, Religion and Science; social and economic history; and religion and society in early modern Europe. He is currently writing a book on the craft of microhistory. He is a member of the Society for Reformation Research and the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. As executive secretary of the Fruehe Neuzeit Interdisziplinaer (Conference Group in Early Modern German Studies) he co-organizes the trienniel conference in early modern studies at Duke University.


Duke Magazine, "A Witch's Brew," July/August 2009

Keywords:

History, 17th Century

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Postdocs Mentored

  • Anke Fischer-Kattner (2013-2014)  
  • Romedio Schmitz-Esser (2011 - present)  
  • Dr. Markus Friedrich (2003-04)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Robisheaux, T, Microhistory and the Historical Imagination: New Frontiers, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 47 no. 1 (January, 2017), pp. 1-6 [doi]
  2. Microhistory Today: A Roundtable Discussion, edited by Robisheaux, T, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 47 no. 1 (January, 2017), pp. 7-52 [doi]
  3. Robisheaux, T, The German Witch Trials, in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft, edited by Levack, B (2013), Oxford University Press, ISBN 13: 9780199578160 [available here]
  4. Robisheaux, T, L’ultima strega (2011) [scheda_opera.php]  [abs]
  5. Robisheaux, T, Penance, Confession and the Self in Early Modern Lutheranism, in Ideas and Cultural Margins: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort, edited by Plummer, ME; Barnes, RB (2009), pp. 117-30, Aldershot


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