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.
Pääsin kertomaan tämän hetkisestä tutkimushankkeestani Maantieteellinen tieto suomalaisessa yhteiskunnassa Sanojen liike -podcastissa. Juttutuokiossa Janne Tunturin kanssa käydään läpi hankkeen tavoitteita, taustoja ja tähänastisia tuloksia. Jakso on kuunneltavissa Spotifyssa.
I wrote a review article for the Finnish open access journal Ennen ja nyt: historian tietosanomat on the postrepresentational, processual and biographical approaches to the study of maps and mapping. The article analyses three recent publications concerned with these approaches, namely Christian J. Koot’s A biography of a map in motion: Augustine Hermann’s Chesapeake (NewContinue reading “New publication on “maps on the move””
I was recently asked to go through a folder dating to the 1970s that had some time during the past decades found its way to the bookshelf of a colleague of mine. The folder contains notes and materials gathered by a lady called Hertta Tirranen that have been donated to a former professor of theContinue reading “The mystery of Hertta’s archive of copied old maps”
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