We are very pleased to announce a new member of the Relics of Nature team: our postdoctoral researcher, Katherine Burlingame. Katherine recently completed her Ph.D. at the Department of Human Geography at Lund University, for which she was awarded an outstanding dissertation prize by Lund University’s New Society of Letters (Vetenskapssocieteten). She will soon start on an inspiring new project, studying the relationships between human beings and the landscape of northern Sweden.
Her post-doctoral project focuses on the UNESCO world heritage Laponian landsape of northern Sweden. In her doctoral dissertation, Dead Landscapes – and how to make them live, she focused on the role of curation in the phenomenological experience of the living heritage landscape. Now, in her postdoctoral project, she will analyse the shifting landscape in a rapidly changing climate. Through the project, she aims to develop an environmental ethic in heritage studies that ‘re-wilds’ human beings to encounter the landscape in unity with it.