About Knowing Globe

This is a blog by Johanna Skurnik, a historian fascinated with human ways of knowing the globe and the worlds that these knowledges have enabled building in the past. I am currently working as an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. I write here about my explorations with the histories of different types of knowledges, currently with a heavy focus on geographical knowledge via my own and past peoples’ encounters with maps, globes and geographical texts. The purpose of the blog is to function as a platform for thinking about the histories of knowledge and science as approaches to studying the past. I also write about the findings of my different research projects to inform and inspire other history nerds out there. Posts both in Finnish and in English.


A course on the history of knowledge and science in the nineteenth-century European empires

In September-October 2021 I am teaching an undergraduate course on the history of knowledge and science in nineteenth-century European empires. The course is organized at the history unit at the University of Helsinki. Due to the on-going pandemic, it is held online. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the complex relationshipContinue reading “A course on the history of knowledge and science in the nineteenth-century European empires”

Kristillistä sivistystä ja maantiedettä: Suomen Lähetysseuran maailmankartta (1859)

Vuosi sitten hyppäsin uuden tutkimusaiheen pariin ja yksi ensimmäisistä kartoista, jonka parissa aloin työskennellä intensiivisemmin oli yllä oleva Suomen Lähetysseuran vuonna 1859 ensi kertaa julkaisema maailmankartta. Kartta julkaistiin aikoinaan sekä suomeksi että ruotsiksi ja sen julkaisemista jatkettiin aina 1890-luvun alkuun. Kartta mainitaan usein osana Suomen Lähetysseuran Suomessa tekemää sivistys- ja koulutustyötä ja sen korostetaan olleenContinue reading “Kristillistä sivistystä ja maantiedettä: Suomen Lähetysseuran maailmankartta (1859)”

Introducing project “Producing and mobilizing geographical knowledge in Finnish society”

After enjoying numerous walks by the Brighton seafront and the South Downs in East Sussex since January 2019, in August 2020 I returned to Finland to start a new postdoctoral project titled Producing and mobilizing geographical knowledge in Finnish society, c. 1850-1940 at the University of Helsinki. The three-year project, funded by the Academy ofContinue reading “Introducing project “Producing and mobilizing geographical knowledge in Finnish society””

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