Today I attended a talk my Norway´s minister of research and education, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, at University of Stavanger, and asked him a question about the government´s abuse (minister of immigration and integration Sylvi Listhaug), neglect (minister of finance Siv Jensen) and attempted control (minister of fisheries Per Sandberg) of research. Among other things, the minister responded that Sandberg felt misunderstood, and that it is more important that Jensen accepts the government´s climate policies than what she believes is actually happening with the climate. He also reiterated that research must be independent and free.
Friday, 29 April 2016
Yesterday the board of University of Stavanger made decisions on new Head of departments at Department of health studies, Department of media, culture and social sciences (see link to news story), and dean of Faculty of social sciences. The names have been announced to employees today. In the case of Department of social studies, there will be another call for applications.
I applied for all four positions, and was interviewed and considered a serious candidate in relation to Department of social studies and Department of media, culture and social sciences.
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Earlier this week I took part in grading an exam paper in Political theory (course code BST115) for University of Stavanger´s Department of Media, Culture and Social Sciences, following complaint on the initial grade (given by the regular examiner).
The last few days I have supervised my three bachelor students, all working with bachelor thesis in child welfare/social work, for a fourth and final session. Bachelor theses are due May 13th.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
I have been summoned to attend the second meeting of the Management Committee of the COST action GroupHouseNet, which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, June 6th. I am a substitute member of the Management Committee, and will attend the meeting as a replacement for one of the two regular Norwegian members.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
I have just become a member of the International Visual Sociology Association, in anticipation of IVSA 2016, to be held at Lillehammer in June.