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  • 1. Brown, Jeremy
    et al.
    Forss, Charlotta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    The 27th International Conference on the History of Cartography, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 9-14 July 20172018In: Imago mundi, ISSN 0308-5694, E-ISSN 1479-7801, Vol. 70, no 1, p. 114-119Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Eyice, Mari
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Forss, Charlotta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History. University of Oxford, UK.
    Avhandlingar och internationalisering2019In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 139, no 2, p. 312-324Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Forss, Charlotta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    En värld av kartor: Atlasverk och kartor i stormaktstidens Sverige2013In: Biblis, ISSN 1403-3313, no 63, p. 18-27Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Forss, Charlotta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Kartläggningen av kolonin Nya Sverige2016In: Kart & bildteknik, Mapping and image science, ISSN 1651-792X, no 2, p. 12-15Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Forss, Charlotta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Svenskarna i Osmanska riket, red. Åsa Karlsson, Klas Kronberg & Per Sandin, anm. av Charlotta Forss2016In: Karolinska förbundets årbok, ISSN 0348-9833Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Forss, Charlotta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    The Eye of History: Geography and Perceptions of the Continents in Seventeenth-Century Swedish Maps, Travel Narratives and Scholarly Literature2014In: Imago mundi, ISSN 0308-5694, E-ISSN 1479-7801, Vol. 66, no 1, p. 134-136Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Forss, Charlotta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    The Old, the New and the Unknown: The continents and the making of geographical knowledge in seventeenth-century Sweden2018Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis investigates early modern ways of looking at the world through an analysis of what the continents meant in three settings of knowledge making in seventeenth-century Sweden. Combining text, maps and images, the thesis analyses the meaning of the continents in, first, early modern scholarly ‘geography’, second, accounts of journeys to the Ottoman Empire and, third, accounts of journeys to the colony New Sweden. The investigation explores how an understanding of conceptual categories such as the continents was interlinked with processes of making and presenting knowledge. In this, the study combines approaches from conceptual history with research on knowledge construction and circulation in the early modern world.

    The thesis shows how geographical frameworks shifted between settings. There was variation in what the continents meant and what roles they could fill. Rather than attribute this flexibility to random variation or mistakes, this thesis interprets flexibility as an integral part of how the world was conceptualized. Religious themes, ideas about societal unities, definitions of old, new and unknown knowledge, as well as practical considerations, were factors that in different way shaped what the continents meant.

    A scheme of continents – usually consisting of the entities ‘Africa’, ‘America’, ‘Asia’, ‘Europe’ and the polar regions – is a part of descriptions about what the world looks like today. In such descriptions, the continents are often treated as existing outside of history. However, like other concepts, the meaning and significance of these concepts have changed drastically over time and between contexts. This fact is a matter of importance for historians, but equally so for a wider public using geographical categories to understand the world. Concepts such as the continents may describe what the world looks like, yet they can create both boundaries and affiliations far beyond land and sea.

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  • 8.
    Forss, Charlotta
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
    Världen från ett annat perspektiv: två svenska kartor från 1600-talet2015In: Kart & bildteknik, ISSN 1651-792X, no 2, p. 2-15Article in journal (Other academic)
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