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Jon Røyne Kyllingstad (PhD) is a historian and Senior Curator specializing in the history of science, knowledge and academic institutions in the late 19th and the early 20th century. Before he came to the museum, he was part of the research group Forum for University History at the University of Oslo, and participated in writing a multi-volume work on the history of that university. He has studied the development in Norway of disciplines like oceanography, historiography, archaeology, linguistics, ethnography, biology, medicine and physical anthropology. At the moment he is the leader of the project "From racial typology to DNA sequencing: 'Race' and 'ethnicity' and the science of human genetic variation 1945-2012" , funded by the SAMKUL-program of the Norwegian Research Council.
Kyllingstad is particularly interested in ideas about race and human differences. In 2014 he published Measuring the Master Race, a book on the history of physical anthropology in Norway and the rise and fall of the scientific idea of a Nordic master-race.
"Norwegian physical anthropology and the Idea of a Nordic masterrace". Current Anthropology, Vol. 53, No. S5, 2012.
Universitetet i Oslo, Bok 2, 1870-1911: Vitenskapenes universitet. (University of Oslo, vol. 2 1870-1911: The University of the Sciences); chapter 6 and part 3 og 4. Unipub forlag 2011, 241 p. (coauthor Thor Inge Rørvik)
Kortskaller og langskaller. Fysisk antropologi i Norge og striden om det nordiske herremennesket. (Short Skulls and Long Skulls. Physical Anthropology in Norway and the controversy over the Nordic masterrace). Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press/Spartacus Forlag AS 2004. 185 p.
Measuring the Master Race: Physical Anthropology in Norway 1890-1945. OpenBook Publishers, Cambrigde, UK (English version of "Kortskaller og langskaller"), forthcoming 2013.
Halfdan Bryn and the Nordic Masterrace: Physical Anthropology in Norway and the International Scientific Debates on Race in the Interwar Years. Paper at the conference: “Racial Science in Hitler’s ‘New Europe’”. The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo
2009-10-16 - 2009-10-17.
Menneskeåndens universalitet. Instituttet for sammenlignende kulturforskning 1917-1940. Ideene, institusjonen og forskningen. ('The phsycic unity of mankind'. The Norwegian Institute for Comparative Cultural Research 1917-1940. The ideas, the institution and the research). PhD-dissertation. Hum-fak, UiO 2008, 645 p.
Menneskeåndens universalitet ('The phsycic unity of mankind'). Henrik-Steffens-Vorlesung, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 05.05.2009.