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Thomas Karlsohn is professor of History of Ideas and Science. He is the current coordinator of the department’s master’s programme and director of PhD-studies. Karlsohn’s research interests include the history of the university and higher education, the history of philosophy (above all hermeneutics, romanticism and German idealism), the concept of Bildung and the so called canon-debate. In recent years, Karlsohn has taken an interest in research on secularisation. He has twice been awarded prizes for his research.
Karlsohn serves on the board of the Faculty of Education at Uppsala university. He is the representative of Uppsala university at the national Swedish think tank for the arts and humanities, Humtank. Karlsohn is a member of the managing body of Higher Education as a Research Object (HERO), a network for interdisciplinary research on higher education. He is on the advisory board for Lychnos: Årsbok för idé- och lärdomshistoria, the leading Swedish journal (yearbook) for history of ideas and science. Karlsohn often publishes reviews and articles in Swedish media, and he is also a translator of texts mainly from the fields of history of ideas, philosophy and theology.
Thomas Karlsohn defended his PhD thesis in 2005 at the University of Gothenburg. He was appointed associate professor in 2010, and from 2014 an onwards he held a tenured position as senior lecturer at Uppsala university. Karlsohn was appointed professor in 2019.