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Jan Reinert Karlsen

Associate Professor, academic coordinator for Major Issues in Research and Society and leader of Research Group Theory of Science
  • E-mailJan.Karlsen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 96 65
  • Visitor Address
    Allégaten 34
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 BERGEN

I am currently working on epistemological and ethical foundational issues (theory of science) in research on human beings, focusing on norms, values, and conceptual formations in the life sciences and the humanities, areas where research-based knowledge and techniques are utilised, and the governance of new and emerging technologies 

Currently these research interests has brought me into contact with a range of questions in releation to

  • how suffering is conceptualised in medicine and psychology
  • norms of objectivity in cognitive neuroscience and how they materialise in fMRI-based study designs and images of cognitive function
  • how the human genome is conceptualised and normed in policies and goveranance of research biobanking and digital research infrastructures
  • how quality and relevance are conceptualised within humanities research and indicator-based methodologies
  • representations of scientific knowledge in the science-policy-society interface

I am also engaged in research-based approaches on how to improve teaching and learning in interdisciplinary subjects


Major Issues in Research and Society ("Bildung or scientific literacy seminars")

  • The human being: Nature and culture (VIT210)
  • Global health: Ethics, politics, and human rights (VIT211)
  • Climate: What do we know? What should we do? (VIT212)
  • The many cultures at the university (VIT213)
  • The Norwegian Constitution: What is it? How ought it to be? (VIT214)
  • Displacing humanity: Knowledge status and options for action (VIT215)

PhD obligatory course in Research Design, Methods, Ethics and Philosophy of Science (PS901)


  • Karlsen, Jan Reinert; Müftüoglu, Ingrid Birce; Slaattelid, Rasmus Tore. 2017. Studentenes stemme? Morgenbladet. Published 2017-03-10.
  • Karlsen, Jan Reinert; Müftüoglu, Ingrid Birce; Slaattelid, Rasmus Tore. 2017. Studiebarometeret som kunnskapsform og samfunnsfenomen. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 1/2017: 7-19. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-3053-2017-01-02
  • Karlsen, Jan Reinert; Osnes, Berge. 2017. Hjernen gjør motstand. Le Monde Diplomatique. Published 2017-10-05.
  • Müftüoglu, Ingrid Birce; Karlsen, Jan Reinert; Slaattelid, Rasmus Tore. 2017. Svar til Skodvin. Morgenbladet. Published 2017-03-24.
  • Slaattelid, Rasmus Tore; Müftüoglu, Ingrid Birce; Karlsen, Jan Reinert. 2016. Hva vet vi om humaniora? Morgenbladet. Published 2016-05-27. doi: https://morgenbladet.no/ideer/2016/05/hva-vet-vi-om-humaniora
  • Slaattelid, Rasmus Tore; Müftüoglu, Ingrid Birce; Karlsen, Jan Reinert. 2016. Tull om humaniora. Dagens næringsliv. Published 2016-05-13.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Karlsen, Jan Reinert. 2013. Personvernet ofres. Dagens næringsliv. Published 2013-03-14.
  • Karlsen, Jan Reinert. 2012. Nedenom og hjem. Konkurransens velsignelser og forbannelser. Klassekampens Bokmagasin. Published 2012-02-25.
  • Rommetveit, Kjetil; Strand, Roger; Karlsen, Jan Reinert. 2012. Gode helseregistre på avveier. Morgenbladet. Published 2012-10-07.
  • Karlsen, Jan Reinert. 2011. Platypus Politics: Normative figments of post genomic research biobanking. Series of dissertations submitted to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. 1155. 167 pages.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Epistemology Laboratory (EpiLab) is a newly founded inter-disciplinary research group that will conduct and develop research projects for testing normative and pre-empirical assumptions and implications in research designs on complex phenomena (e.g. suffering, neurodegenerative diseases, consciousness, mental disorders).

More information will follow.