Thursday, 24 February 2011
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
I am currently in Katoomba, the Blue Mountains, where I will spend a week writing, after having spendt two days in neighbouring Blackheath already.
The workshop The history, philosophy and future of ethology took place at the campus of Macquarie University in Sydney Feb. 19-21. My presentation was given Feb. 19 at approximately 2 pm, and I chaired a session Feb. 21 in the afternoon.
I have had the pleasure to meet and spend time with a number of interesting scholars, including the other international guests (Dominique Lestel, Jeffrey Bussolini, Gary Steiner, Brett Buchanan), the organizer Matthew Chrulew and Gisela Kaplan, to mention but one of the other speakers. Actually, the 15 or so talks were pretty much all good - which is not common at interdisciplinary conferences and similar events. I usually have to bring a book.
There were up to 30 people attending, speakers included.
Bonde og Småbruker - the member magazine of Norsk Bonde- og Småbrukarlag [Norwegian Farmers and Smallholders Union]. Circulation c7.000. Will appear in no. 3/2011, March 12th.
Kulturverk - an recently established online magazine.
14[-15] October, 2011: Oslo, Norway
Host: Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo
Event title: Shared Worlds
Venue: Domus Nova, Oslo (St. Olavs plass 5 - room to be advised)
Time and Date: 14-15 October, 2011
Organised by: Minding Animals International in association with Nordic Human Animal Studies
Affiliated institutions: Equine Research Network (EqRN) and Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu by ESF grant 7790 Dynamical Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations
Organising team: Rune Ellefsen, Rhys Evans, Morten Tønnessen
The program will include plenary speeches, a roundtable on the shared worlds of humans and horses, a roundtable of the shared worlds of humans and wolves, and a position note workshop on the relation between activism and academia
Conference language: English and Norwegian
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Below is the content list of the book.
Table of contents
1. Kadri Tüür (University of Tartu – Estonia) and Morten Tønnessen (University of Tartu – Estonia)
2. Wendy Wheeler (London Metropolitan University – UK)
Captivation and ecstasy: Animal immersion and human enchantment
3. Onno Oerlemans (Hamilton College – USA)
The semiotics of bird poems
4. W. John Coletta (University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point – USA)
Evolutionary bodies of knowledge; Or, the evolutionary phenomenology of J. J. Audubon, Georges Bataille, Theodore Roethke, and Octavia Butler
5. Louise Westling (University of Oregon – USA)
The zoosemiotics of sheep herding with dogs
6. Maki Eguchi (University of Tsukuba – Japan)
Representation of sheep in modern Japanese literature: From Natsume Sōseki to Murakami Haruki
7. Adam Dodd (University of Oslo – Norway)
Entomological rhetoric and the fabrication of the insect world
8. Kadri Tüür (University of Tartu – Estonia)
Like a fish out of water: Literary representations of fish
9. Sandra Grötsch (University of Oulu – Finland)
Animal representation and attitudes of humans toward non-humans in fantasy literature
10. Taija Kaarlenkaski (University of Eastern Finland – Finland)
Communicating with the cow: Human-animal interaction in written narratives
11. Christos Lynteris (University of St. Andrews – UK)
Speaking marmots, deaf hunters: Animal-human semiotic breakdown as the cause of the Manchurian pneumonic plague of 1910-11
12. Graham Huggan (University of Leeds – UK)
Attenborough, colonialism and the British tradition of nature documentary
13. Larissa Budde (University of Siegen – Germany)
The semiotics of insects and the hive in popular culture
14. David Rothenberg (New Jersey Institute of Technology – USA)
Animal music, animal aesthetics
15. Ralph R. Acampora (Hofstra University – USA)
The (proto-)ethical significance of semiosis: When and how does one become somebody who matters?
The workshop "The History, Philosophy and Future of Ethology", organized by Matthew Chrulew of Macquarie University - who I got to meet yesterday - starts tomorrow and lasts for three days. I will meet the other foreign guests for dinner in a couple of hours.
More to follow.
Saturday, 12 February 2011
The external reviewer noted that
this research has the potential to place the Tartu School of Semiotics within international Environmental Humanities. [...] The proposal is, however, too semiotical in the sense that it lives in its theoretical fields without making too many contacts to practice and concrete problems.Cf. previous posts:
* Application for research project 2011-2016
* Prospects for further wolf research?
Friday, 11 February 2011
There will be a total of 8 classes (16 academic hours). An essay will have to be written by all students. The course will give 3 EAP.
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Animals, Culture, Environment will be organized in the framework of the international conference Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations. Included in the graduate course are the plenary speeches of Jesper Hoffmeyer, Graham Huggan and David Rothenberg, and the three roundtables of the conference (including Futures of Zoosemiotics, chaired by me). In addition there will be teaching by Elena Grigorjeva and Aleksei Turovski.
There's room for 20 doctoral students.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
* the book proposal (6pp)
* the abstract book (17pp)
* Editors' and authors' information sheet (4pp)
I hope and expect we can submit it in a matter of days.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
On Monday Feb. 21st I will moderate a session (1.20-2.40 pm) where Thom van Dooren and organizer of the Sydney workshop Matthew Chrulew will present papers.
Monday, 7 February 2011
Rod Bennision will talk on the topic "Considering the exploitation of animals in sport, and understanding the 'Sport of Queens'".
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Today I've written a description of the roundtable on the shared worlds of wolves and people.
Humans and wolves have co-evolved. We have several species-characteristic behavioral patterns in common, among them being social hunters. To varying degrees, a wolf is human-like, and a human wolf-like. The Big Bad Wolf has given rise to a vivid cultural imagery – it is a symbol, a cultural icon, and an animal that is highly sensitive to our own evolving human ecology. In Scandinavia, wolf management is controversial and currently under political review. How are we to co-exist? How do our behaviors and management regimes shape the world of the wolf, and how do they shape us?
* of which 16% said Western Europe was their region of greatest familiarity
* of which 3,790 scholars were based in Europe
* of which 69% were academic staff, 15% research staff, 7% senior institutional leadership, 6% graduate/post-graduate students, and 2% teaching staff
* All in all, the average respondent reported spending 52% of the worktime doing research, 31% teaching and 18% administering. While senior institutional leadership spends 48% of the time administering, and 32% doing research, research staff spent 81% of the time doing research, teaching staff spent 57% of the time teaching, and graduate/post-graduate students spent 81% doing research, 13% teaching and 6% administering. Academic staff, the majority group (9,219 respondents), spent 46% researching, 37% teaching and 18% administering.
* of which 78% were male - most (87%) in Engineering & technology; fewest (69%) in Social Sciences
* of which only 779 identified as Arts & Humanities, the smallest group (Social Sciences and Life Sciences were both represented by 2000+ respondents)
* Research papers published: In average, a respondent said to have published 53.4 research papers (median: 30; meaning that a few publishes a lot and increases the average). Those with tenure had in average published 64.9 papers (median: 40), those without tenure in average 29.2 (median: 15). Even among those without tenure, however, 5% had published 100+ (with tenure: 17%). Males had published in average 58.9 papers (median: 32), females 33.5 (median: 20) - note that the survey says nothing about age distribution, which might explain part of the gender gap.
* Of senior institutional leadership, who had an average of 101.7 published papers (median: 70), 59% had published 50+ research papers and 34% 100+. Of academic staff, 33% had published 0-20 papers and 31% 20-50. Of research staff, 60% had published 0-20 papers, and of teaching staff 61%. Of graduate/post-graduate students, who had an average of 8.6 papers published (median: 6), 94% had published 0-20 papers and 6% 20-50.
Thomson Reuters remarks that respondents from Arts & Humanities were poorly represented in line with the poor publishing frequency compared to scholars from harder sciences (I wonder how the numbers would look like if a distinction was introduced between single authorship and co-authorship; or if the number of pages published had been counted...).
Friday, 4 February 2011
What you will learnSurely economic growth is risky to describe in critical terms, given how many offer simplistic, not very insightful critique - but hardly mentioning the phenomenon at all is not very promising either.
...Use sources of knowledge and evidence to powerfully critique the dominant economic growth model
Schumacher College also offers a MSc in Holistic Science.
Thursday, 3 February 2011
The Conference will focus on the following themes:
1. Phenomenology, Intentionality, and Social Change
2. The concepts of environment (Umwelt) in phenomenology
3. The phenomena of social, cultural, economical environment
4. Differences and Similarities Between Nature and Culture
5. Synchronization of Social Change and Environmental Resiliency
6. Phenomenological Perspectives on Economics, Politics, and Environment
7. Phenomenology, Globalization, and Environmental Sustainability
Abstracts are due May 20.
The Conference is organized by:
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania
Antioch University Seattle, USA
Of the 20 references, 5 are Acknowledgements, 5 are references to my 2003 article Umwelt ethics (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010), and 4 to my first academic article, Outline of an Uexküllian bio-ontology from 2001 (2002, 2005, 2008).
Year-by-year overview (number of academic publications referring to my work):
2002: 3 (3 countries)
2009: 2 (2 countries)
2010: 10 (7 countries)
2. Academic theses
4. Editing of academic journals
5. Editing of NGO publications
6. NGO reports
7. Texts written for newspapers and magazines
9. Academic publications
10. Academic publications referring to my work
11. Further online sources
Excerpt (p. 11):
Currently, a much more comprehensive survey of more than 100 introductions to semiotics worldwide is being prepared by K. Kull, M. Tønnessen et al. The author of the present survey acknowledges having profited from the unpublished paper by Kull et al. in updating the bibliographical survey for his own much shorter survey of introductions to semiotics.