En postdoc är utlyst vid Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria, Uppsala, knuten till Linda Andersson Burnett och hennes projekt Early Citizen Science:
The Department invites applications for 1 postdoctoral position linked to the research project Early Citizen Science: How the public used Linnaean instructions to collect the World c. 1750-1850, funded by Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation. We are searching for applicants with a Ph.D. degree and research interests of relevance for the study of history of science and colonial collecting. The employment is tied to the project and the successful candidate will plan and execute his/ her research in collaboration with the principal investigator, Dr Linda Andersson Burnett.
Description of the research project: The purpose is to generate and communicate a new understanding of how science developed through engagement between universities, museums and the lay public in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The project focuses on the tradition of scientific instructions – in particular British instructions inspired by Linnaean natural history – and pursues three consecutive areas of investigation: Why and how were instructions created, and what were their mediums and arenas of circulation? Why did people from different social strata engage with instructions, and how did personal motivations and local conditions shape collecting practices? How did university and museum professionals and collectors interact, and how did collecting networks develop during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? Examples of research directions include: Instructions composed or circulated by professors at English universities or learned societies, transnational or comparative studies of instructions, and the participation of Indigenous or enslaved knowledge actors in collecting networks. The goal of the project is to contribute both to the history of science and to contemporary debates about both colonial museum collections and citizen science.