Nora S. Vaage is assistant professor at the UM Department of Philosophy, specialized in art and culture. She is the deputy director of the BA Arts and Culture. Nora teaches in the BA Arts and Culture, the MA Art, Literature and Society, the MA Arts and Heritage and the research MA Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology. She is coordinator of the MA course Art Worlds.
Nora has a BA in Aesthetics, an MA in Art History, and a PhD in Theory of Science and Ethics, and for the last few years she has identified as an interdisciplinary researcher. Her PhD dissertation, Amplifying Ambiguities: Art on the Fringes of Biotechnology (2016), focused on the ethical, epistemological and societal aspects of artists’, hackers’ and other laypersons’ engagement with wet biotechnologies. Recently she has become interested in climate visualisations and cultural heritage, and is part of two networking projects on these issues. For most of 2016 she also worked as a coordinator of the RRI (responsible research and innovation) component at the Centre for Digital Life Norway, NTNU. This Centre is a flagship project from the Norwegian Research Council aiming to bring different sectors of biotechnology together, with a mandatory RRI component. Nora’s most recent publications are the book Images of Knowledge: The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and Visualisations (first editor, with R. Slaattelid, T. Krigsvoll Haagensen & S. Smith, 2016), What Ethics for Bioart? Nanoethics 10(1): 87-104, and Fringe Biotechnology. BioSocieties 12(1): 109-131, as well as the special issue Post-normal science in practice in Futures (2017), co-edited with Dorothy Dankel and Jeroen van der Sluijs. For a relatively updated listing of her publications, see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nora_Vaage
Nora has occasionally worked as an art critic and curator, and recently co-curated the 2016 Article Biennial, entitled New Eden, in Stavanger, Norway. This exhibition brought together a lot of her interests regarding how art can engage with, communicate with and critique developments in biotechnology and our views on knowledge. She has previously lectured and taught in a number of subjects including art theory, visual rhetoric, theory of science and ethics.