SCAS News - 15 September, 2014

Book on Carl Peter Thunberg has been Published by SCAS

On Tuesday, 9 September, the book Carl Peter Thunberg, Botanist and Physician: Career-Building across
the Oceans in the Eighteenth Century
, written by former SCAS Fellow Marie-Christine Skuncke, was launched
during a reception at the Collegium.The book is the first book ever to be published by the Swedish Collegium
for Advanced Study. It is published with generous support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ; the Swedish
Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences).

Marie-Christine Skuncke is Professor of Literature at Uppsala University. She has had a long and close
affiliation with SCAS, and has been both a regular Fellow and a Non-resident Long-term Fellow for Programmes
in Eighteenth-Century Studies and Cultural and Literary History.

Skuncke's research on the Swedish botanist and physician Carl Peter Thunberg, a pupil of Linnaeus, was to a
great extent conducted as she spent time in residence at the Collegium, and a large part of the book was thus
written in the historical environment that Linneanum provides. Linneanum, now the home of SCAS, was founded
by the Swedish king Gustav III on Thunberg’s initiative as a monument to science and enlightenment, and
Thunberg himself lived and worked here for many years.

Marie-Christine Skuncke has previously published extensively on eighteenth-century Sweden in a European
perspective, with a particular focus on theatre and opera, the education of Gustav III, political rhetoric, and
media history. Her research on Thunberg has turned her attention to relations with Asia and Africa.


Read more about the book