Biography

 

Olin Moctezuma Burns

Olin Moctezuma Burns

  • Scholar
  • Mexico
  • 2020 PhD History & Philosophy of Science
  • Pembroke College

I am passionate about archival research and aspire to a career as a historian of science who closely examines local contexts and everyday practices, paying special attention to understudied voices. My doctoral research explores how knowledge about plants was consolidated in seventeenth-century English homes through list-keeping. From the kitchen hearth, extending out to gardens and global networks of exchange, lists were used to amass, process, and communicate information about plants. I trace the impact of this simple technology within and beyond the home and will contribute to an understanding of how technology can shift our relationship with nature. These interests emerged while I was studying an English BA in the UNAM and were consolidated during my Early Modern Studies MA at UCL. Nevertheless, the seeds were planted when I was growing up in rural Mexico. Having witnessed educational inequality, I am committed to addressing this issue by exploring the role of archives and digital technologies in bridging disparity, in allowing marginalised communities to reclaim repositories, and in nourishing and disseminating alternative modes of knowledge production.

Previous Education

University College London Early Modern Studies 2019
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico English Language and lit. 2017