Dag Herbjørnsrud

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Dag Herbjørnsrud. Photo: Sebastian Dahl, 2015. Wikicommons

Dag Herbjørnsrud (born 1971) is a historian of ideas, author, a former editor-in-chief, and a founder of Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas (Senter for global og komparativ idéhistorie, SGOKI) in Oslo. He has published for Aeon, the Blog of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Open Culture, etc, and is currently the editor of a special issue of the journal Cosmopolis (Brussels), on decolonizing.[1] Herbjørnsrud sits on the Editorial Review Board of the book series Global Epistemics at Rowman & Littlefield.[2]

In the Norwegian book "Global Knowledge" (Globalkunnskap, 2016), and in an essay on the blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas (JHI), he argues for the need of a "global history of ideas".[3] In May 2019, he published the article "Beyond decolonizing: global intellectual history and reconstruction of a comparative method" in the journal Global Intellectual History. He proposes a global comparative method for the discipline, based on the three concepts of "context, connection, and comparison."[4] Herbjørnsrud has held lectures on global perspectives, Eurocentrism, and decolonizing the Academy at the University of Cambridge,[5] Royal Holloway (University of London),[6] Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany),[7] and Berliner Festspiele.[8]

Herbjørnsrud was the editor-in-chief of the Norwegian weekly left-wing news magazine Ny Tid from 2005 to 2015; formerly a reporter and op-ed-writer for the conservative newspaper Aftenposten.[9][10] As an editor of Ny Tid, Herbjørnsrud contributed to the production of the TV and Netflix thriller Occupied (2015), in which he ("editor Dag") was played by the actor Øystein Røger.[11] He is the son of writer Hans Herbjørnsrud and historian Anna Tranberg.[12]

Herbjørnsrud is a cand. philol. of history of ideas on an English-language thesis on Robert Nozick.[13] In an interview with the liberal-conservative periodical Minerva, Herbjørnsrud stated that Nozick advocated the welfare state, and that Anarchy, State, and Utopia is not representative for Nozick's writings.[14] In 2004-05, he was a columnist for Al-Jazeera's English website.[9][15]

Selected Works[edit]

In cooperation with Stian Bromark he has written three non-fiction books in Norwegian:[16]

  • Blanke løgner, skitne sannheter (Blatant Lies, Dirty Truths) (Tiden, 2002)
  • Frykten for Amerika (The Fear of America) (Tiden, 2003) (Nominated for the Brage prize)
  • Norge - et lite stykke verdenshistorie (Norway - A Small Piece of World History) (Cappelen, 2005)


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  1. ^ "observatoireplurilinguisme.eu - Appel à articles sur le thème "Decolonizing the Academy" ou "Décoloniser le monde académique" (EN, FR, IT, DE, ES)". www.observatoireplurilinguisme.eu. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  2. ^ "Global Epistemics | Rowman & Littlefield International". www.rowmaninternational.com. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  3. ^ "Global History of Ideas: A Sea for Fish on Dry Land". JHIBlog. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  4. ^ Herbjørnsrud, Dag (10 May 2019), "Beyond decolonizing: global Intellectual history and reconstruction of a comparative method", Global Intellectual History: 1–27, doi:10.1080/23801883.2019.1616310
  5. ^ "- gloknos". From Epistemicide to Global Knowledge: Reconstructing a Decolonised Academy - gloknos. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  6. ^ "CHRONOS Research Theme Launch Event". royalholloway.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  7. ^ Admin (2018-10-28). "Philosopher Anton Wilhelm Amo from Ghana: Conference in Halle, Germany". Senter for global og komparativ idéhistorie (SGOKI) (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  8. ^ Festspiele, Berliner. "MaerzMusik - Beyond Eurocentrism and Tribal History: Towards Decolonization and Connected Histories". www.berlinerfestspiele.de. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  9. ^ a b "Herbjørnsrud ny Ny Tid-redaktør" [Herbjørnsrud new editor-in-chief]. Ukeavisen Ledelse (in Norwegian). 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  10. ^ Dåstøl, Astrid (1 February 2008). "Ny redaktør i Ny Tid" [New editor-in-chief in Ny Tid]. Vårt Land (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Skuespillerene i ny TV-serie ble utplassert i en redaksjon for å spille troverdige journalister". Dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  12. ^ "About Dag Herbjørnsrud". The Thinker Site. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  13. ^ https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/25070
  14. ^ "Den ukjente Robert Nozick" [The unknown Robert Nozick]. Minerva (in Norwegian). 20 September 2006. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  15. ^ Holen, Øyvind (29 October 2004). "Skriver for Al-Jazeera" [Writes for Al-Jazeera]. Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  16. ^ "Dag Herbjørnsrud". Cappelen Damm. Retrieved 24 January 2011.

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