Lauri Tähtinen works on the early modern world with a particular interest in the intellectual history of Brazil and the broader Portuguese empire. He is currently at work on three book projects. His monograph, “Brazil beyond the Future”, focuses on early colonial debates and experiences of conquest, commerce, conversion, and slavery with an eye to the long past of Brazilian millenarianism. Relatedly, he is a preparing an edition of sixteenth-century texts on the natural and moral history of Brazil. He is also co-editing a volume investigating the South Atlantic as a space for global history from a Nordic perspective. His other interests include the right of communication – a jurisprudential category that justified trade and migration in the early modern world – and related topics in the history of natural law and the law of nations.

Lauri Tähtinen received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and has held postdoctoral and research appointments at Brown University and the European University of Institute, Florence. He is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher with the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights.