Background and activities

Professor in comparative literature. Maîtrise de philosophie, Université Paris I, Sorbonne-Pantheon, Cand. Philol., Universitetet i Oslo, and Dr. Philos. fra Universitetet i Trondheim.

Research interests

  • Enlightenment studies
  • Classisism and baroque literature and aesthetics
  • History of the novel
  • 20th century French philosophy
  • Media archaeology
  • Literature and technology
  • Philosophical aesthetics


Ongoing project work

  • From Columbus to Kant; literature and the rise of the modern European political subjet.

  • Representations, resources and regulatory governance: high seas and the deep oceans

  • Artistic communities

  • Michel Foucault’s “History of Truth”


External roles

  • Member of the board, Det kongelige norske vitenskapers selskab (The Royal Norwegian Academy of Letters and Sciences)
  • Member of the board, Nordic Society of Aesthetics.
  • Member of the board, Norsk Selskap for 1700-tallsstudier.
  • Member of the board, European Summer School of Cultural Studies (ESSCS).
  • Member of Forsknings- og utviklingsutvalget, Norsk kulturråd.
  • Member of the editorial board, Foucault studies


  • Livssansen. En studie i Baltasar Graciáns forfatterskap med særlig henblikk på «smaken», 1994, Universitetet i Trondheim

Earlier projects

  • 2006—2010 À l’ombre des lumières

  • 2002—2006 Aesthetics Technologies, Media Culture 17702000.

  • 1999—2005 Fabrikken (The cultural history of the factory).

  • 1999—2002 Frihetens århundre, (The history of liberty).