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Linda Andersson Burnett

Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I am currently writing a monograph on the influence of Carl Linnaeus on British thought. I am focusing on his fame in Britain in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as an ethnographer and domestic explorer of Sápmi. I investigate how Linnaeus’s writing had a formative influence on two closely related spheres of eighteenth-century British interest: the study of the ‘science of man’ and the literary and cultural fascination with northern peoples and landscapes. I am particularly interested in examining why Linnaeus’s writing on the indigenous Sami people resonated with British commentators interested in the Scottish Highlands and Scottish Highlanders. 

I am also working on two new research projects. The first one, The Borders of Humanity: Linnaean Natural Historians and the Colonial Legacies of the Enlightenment, will examine the relationship between discussions of 'universal humanity' and eighteenth-century colonialism. I will aim to explain, together with Bruce Buchan at Griffith University (Australia), how notions of Enlightenment humanity accommodated universal aspirations alongside internal limitations that denied colonised peoples their full humanity. The project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. My second project, The Sami in the Atlantic World, researches and analyses how the Sami featured in poetry, plays, travelogues, correspondence and scientific tracts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is part of the research program Collecting Sápmi: Early Modern Globalization of Sámi Material Culture and Contemporary Sámi Cultural Heritage (funded by the Swedish Research Council).

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


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