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Knowledge in Transit: Linnaeus in Lapland 1732

28 november, 2019 @ 18:00 - 30 november, 2019 @ 13:00

Looking towards Attjekoivi, a mountain Linnaeus described as sacred to the Sámi. Currently a site where state interests in reindeer husbandry and mining intersect. Phoptography: E. Isayev.

Knowledge in Transit: Linnaeus in Lapland 1732

Open Workshop at Havremagasinet Länskonsthall

https://linnaeus-in-lapland.net/index.html

Kort temabeskrivning

Sommaren 1732 reste den svenska medicinstudenten Carl Linné (1707-1778) genom norra Skandinavien. Hans dagbok för den resan har hyllats som ett banbrytande modernt vetenskapligt och etnografiskt fältarbete.

Den kunskap som Linné samlade in genererades ”i transit”, i korsningar mellan olika samhällen och påverkades av ramarna för gästfrihet och fientlighet.

Vår vision är att samproducera en kritisk onlineutgåva av dagboken, tillsammans med akademiska och icke-akademiska experter i Lappland, samtidigt som vi följer i hans fotspår. Därigenom återskapar vi kritiska, kreativa och experimentella diskurser om bredare samtida frågor, i allt från hållbarhet och välbefinnande till obehaglighet och suveränitet. Genom att överföra Linnés metodik till nutid avser vi att återfokusera på hans arkivmaterial, ifrågasätta bildningen och tyngden av vetenskaplig kunskap och ställa frågor om hur mycket som har förändrats sedan Linnés tid och vad som finns intakt.

 

Theme description

In the summer of 1732, the Swedish medical student Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) travelled through Northern Scandinavia. His diary of that journey has been celebrated as pioneering modern scientific and ethnographic fieldwork. We propose to read it against the grain. The knowledge Linnaeus gathered was generated “in transit” at intersections of diverse communities and affected by frameworks of hospitality and hostility.

Our vision is to co-produce a critical online edition of the diary with academic and non-academic experts in Lapland while re-tracking the journey. Re-translating and re-tracking the journey would work in tandem as catalysts for critical, creative and experimental discourses on wider issues of contemporary relevance ranging from sustainability and wellbeing to indigeneity and sovereignty. By transposing Linnaeus’s methodology into the present, we intend to refocus the archival lens, question the formation and authority of scientific knowledge, and raise questions about how much has changed since Linnaeus’s time, and what has remained in place.

Together, we want to address questions such as: How did an insect-borne disease known to reindeer herders as curbma end up in Carl Linnaeus’s Systema naturae (1758) as a fly-species named Oestrus tarandi? In what ways did Linnaeus integrate within his cosmology lessons learned from Finnish settler-women about easing after-pains in childbirth by drinking umbilical blood? What do such translations reveal about the role of encounters, mobility and multilingualism in the generation of global knowledge? Do they simply consist of extracting and appropriating local knowledges? Or are they intrinsically shaped by the potential for empathy, curiosity and aversion that cross-cultural encounters provoke?

We are grateful to the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust for financial support through their Small Research Grants funding scheme, and to Havremagasinet, Länskonsthall Boden, for their hospitality.

 

Programme

Thursday, November 28

18:00               Linnaeus in Lapland: Generating Knowledge in Transit, Public Evening Talk, Elena Isayev and Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter)

20:30               Dinner, Restauration Oregano, Drottninggatan 11, 961 35 Boden

 

Friday, November 29

Workshop (15–20 mins presentations followed by 25-30 mins discussion)

09:00–09:30    Welcome and Introduction, Elena Isayev and Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter)

09:30–10:15    Insects as reindeer herding assistants in Linnaeus time and now among the Sámi, Nuccio Mazzullo (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi)

10:15–10:45    Coffee Break

10:45–11:30    Conceptual reflections on the locality and universality of knowledge, Jounni-Matti Kuukkanen (Oulu University)

11:30–12:15    Linnaeus on farming and herding (by skype), Åsa Sonjasdotter and Matti Aikio (independent artists)

12:15-13:30    Lunch Break

13:30–14:15    A journey of place: Considering cultural and material relations in time and space, Isabelle Brännlund (Umeå University)

14:15–15:00    Viewing or walking – mobile or fixed points of observations in Swedish naturalists’ travel accounts (mid 18th century), Hanna Hodacs (Dalarna University, Falun)

15:00–15:30    Coffee Break

15:30–16:15    Uppsala and Sápmi: Sámi connections in early modern scholarship, Carl Gösta Ojala (Uppsala University)

16:15–17:00    Linnaeus’ Lapland in Finnish Historiography (of Science), Maija Kallinen (Oulu University)

17:00–17:15    Comfort Break

17:15–19:00    General Discussion and Next Steps

20:00               Dinner, Restaurant Färgaregatan, Drottninggatan 6, 961 35 Boden

 

Saturday, November 30

09:30-11:30    General Discussion and Next Steps cont’d (TBC)

13:00-14:00    Guided tour through the exhibition “Change/Förändring” at Havremagasinet, Ingela Ögren Weinmar (Havremagasinet, Boden)

Detaljer

Börjar:
28 november, 2019 @ 18:00
Slutar:
30 november, 2019 @ 13:00

Plats

Café Pampas på Havremagasinet
Norrbottensvägen 18
Boden, 96136 Sverige
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Arrangör

Linné Journey
Webbplats:
https://linnaeus-in-lapland.net/index.html