“Lifetimes: A Natural History of the Present” (2018-23) is supported by the Toppforsk Grant awarded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and by Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo. The project is housed at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo. Our UiO website is¬†here.

Select activities (2018-19) supported by the project “In Sync” at the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, which serves as the base of the project in the same year.

The project has previously received support (2015-18) under the RCN – SAMKUL funded project “Synchronizing the World: Globalization and Multiple Times.” (RCN project no: 236858). This includes support for all Time and the World series 1 lectures.

The project also receives personnel support from “Geological Times: Geology and New Regimes of Historicity” at IKOS, UiO.


The MOOC “Time and the World” was conceptualized and developed by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay. Development for the MOOC was supported by an additional top-up grant under the SAMKUL programme. After extensive discussions with other MOOC developers around the world, the model for open asynchronous MOOC was chosen for its flexibility and its modular nature. Chattopadhyay is also the lead designer and moderator for this site.

Audun Bjerknes from Centre for Learning, Innovation and Academic Development, University of Oslo, shot and developed the video content for the MOOC. Bjerknes is a video director, photographer and editor. His background is from both education and national television production, searching for the most emotionally evocative and intellectually innovative way to convey the ideas of an educational film. In this project he had the pleasure of being encouraged to use video effects, images and music to help create the kind of sci-fi mood of the video presentations of this course.