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.
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2014). An eighteenth-century ecology of knowledge : patronage and natural history. Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research. 6. 1275-1297.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2010). Abode of Satan : the Appeal of the Magical and Superstitious North in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Northern Studies : The Journal of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies. 41. 67-77.
Chapter in book (Refereed)
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2017). The ‘Lapland Giantess’ in Britain : Reading Concurrences in a Victorian Ethnographic Exhibition. Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds : Toward Revised Histories. Brill Academic Publishers. 123-143.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2013). Selling the Sami : Nordic Stereotypes and Participatory Media in Georgian Britain. Communicating the North : Media Structures and Images in the Making of the Nordic Region. Farnham, Ashgate. 171-196.
Article, book review (Refereed)
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2015). Review of The Literature of Shetland by Mark Ryan Smith. Scottish Literary Review. 7. 149-151.
Article, review/survey (Refereed)
Conference paper (Other academic)
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2015). Linnaean Natural History, Scottish Moral Philosophy and the Colonial Implications of Enlightenment Thought. Concurrences in postcolonial research – perspectives, methodologies, engagements.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2015). “The more Northern are the most barbarous” : The Sami in Early Modern British Narratives. Concurrences in Postcolonial Research: Perspectives, Methodologies, Engagements.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2014). Exploring and Romanticising the ‘North’ : The impact of Carl Linnaeus’s Lapland Narratives on Eighteenth-Century British Primitivism. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, St Hugh’s College Oxford.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2014). A Colonial Model for the Scottish Highlands : The Dissemination of Linnaeus’s Expedition to Sápmi in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Colonizing the North and Meeting the ‘Other’ in the Early Modern and Modern Period, Lund University.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2014). Natural History, Stadial Theory and Race. The Empire of Enlightenment.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2014). The Edinburgh Connection : Linnaean Natural History, Scottish Moral Philosophy and the Colonial Implications of Enlightenment Thought. Nature’s Empire : A Global History of Linnaean Sciences in the Long Eighteenth Century, European University, Florence.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2014). Selling Sami Stereotypes : The Exhibition of Sami people in Georgian Britain. Scandinavian and Baltic Studies Conference, Yale University.
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2014). The “race” to exhibit : Evolutionary debates in Victorian displays of Sami people. Svenska Historikermötet.
- Andersson Burnett, L., Newby, A. (2007). '"Unionist Nationalism” and The National Museum of Scotland, c. 1847-1866’. NaMu, Making National Museums.
Chapter in book (Other academic)
- Andersson Burnett, L., Buchan, B. (2018). The Edinburgh connection : Linnaean natural history, Scottish moral philosophy and the colonial implications of enlightenment thought. Linnaeus, natural history and the circulation of knowledge. Oxford, Voltaire Foundation. 161-186.
- Andersson Burnett, L., Newby, A. (2008). ‘Between Empire and "The North" : Scottish Identity in the Nineteenth Century'. Parting the Mists : Views on Scotland as a part of Britain and Europe. Helsinki, Historicus.
Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2012). Northern Noble Savages? : Edward Daniel Clarke and British Primitivist Narratives on Scotland and Scandinavia, c. 1760-1822. Doctoral Thesis. University of Edinburgh.
Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Article, book review (Other academic)
- Andersson Burnett, L. (2015). Review of Silvia Sebastiani's The Scottish Enlightenment: Race, Gender, and the Limits of Progress. Social history (London). 40. 140-141.