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Linda Andersson Burnett

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Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I am a historian of the Enlightenment and Linnaean natural history.  My research is focused on the exchange of scientific, economic and cultural thought between British and Scandinavian intellectuals in the Enlightenment period, and the importance of colonial and nation-building encounters with marginalised and indigenous social groups in the development of these thought exchanges. My key areas of research are: Carl Linnaeus’s influence on Enlightenment thought; knowledge formation and networks; the history of science, medicine and anthropology; British and Scandinavian colonial histories; the history of museums and ethnographic exhibitions.

I received my Ph.D in History at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. I was then awarded the Simon Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2012-2013. I have been at Linnaeus University since 2013.

My current project is The Borders of Humanity: Linnaean Natural Historians and the Colonial Legacies of the Enlightenment. It is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (2016-2019) and also employs a researcher at Griffith University in Australia, Associate Professor Bruce Buchan. The project analyses the intellectual amalgamation of Linnaean natural history and the Scottish stadial theory of historical progress and how this intellectual framework was communicated to students of medicine and natural history at the University of Edinburgh in the eighteenth century.  We study how these students, who travelled and worked extensively throughout Britain’s empire in the decades that followed, reflected on human diversity in colonial contexts and how they constructed humanity as a domain with variable boundaries (including or excluding apes and ‘monsters’ for instance) and in which humanity was also internally differentiated by judgements about who was fully human or not quite human. You can read some of the research this project has produced in a special issue of The History of the Human Sciences: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/hhs/current

Previously, I led a project funded by the Swedish Research Council entitled The Sámi in the Atlantic World. This was part of the larger research program Collecting Sápmi: Early Modern Globalization of Sámi Material Culture and Contemporary Sámi Cultural Heritage. In this project I analysed how Sámi people featured in scientific tracts and popular culture in Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and how they were part of a transnational colonial exchange of commercial goods and ideas between European collectors and commentators.

My research is part of the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, a Centre of Excellence within Linnaeus University. At the centre I convene a research cluster on Nordic Colonialism.

Teaching

Kulturmöten och kulturpolitik 4KV411

Teoretiska Traditioner inom Humaniora 4KV401

Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Theories 4HI491

I also supervise and examine students in a number of History courses. 

Publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

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Article, book review (Refereed)

Article, review/survey (Refereed)

Conference paper (Other academic)

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Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)

Collection (editor) (Other academic)

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