Thursday, 28 July 2016
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
The last few days I have read and responded to contributions, in full draft version, to the special issue of Zeitschrift für Semiotik on biosemiotic ethics that I am co-editing with Jonathan Beever and Yogi Hendlin. I have also been organizing peer-reviews. Revised manuscripts are due August 20th.
Yesterday I was in Stavanger to see a second house for sale, in Gausel/Forus. Today we bought it. We will take over the house November 1st and move in the end of November.
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Friday, 22 July 2016
My family and I will soon move to the Stavanger area, since I will starting August 1st be permanently employed as Associate professor of philosophy at University of Stavanger´s Department of philosophy. Yesterday we stopped by in Klepp to look at a house for sale at Øksnadavporten.
Monday, 18 July 2016
On its YouTube channel, Minding Animals Norway (MAN) has released videos from the 4th Norwegian Animal Ethics Conference. MAN´s webmaster Iselin Linstad Hauge prepared the videos.
Friday, 15 July 2016
Returning from Prague about a week ago, I found a signed version of my employment contract with University of Stavanger (full, permanent position as Associate professor of philosophy) in the mail that awaited me - signed, that is, not only by myself but also by Dean of Faculty of social sciences Einar Marburg. I start in the permanent position August 1st.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
I have just applied for delaying parts of my parental leave from 1/8-2/11 2016 (100%) to 1/1-19/7 2017 (50%). I am currently in graded parental leave until July 31st.
Since I have signed a contract with University of Stavanger for a permanent position as Associate professor of philosophy, I have now withdrawn my University of Bergen Post.Doc. application.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
I have agreed to take part in a panel discussion on art and biotechnology Saturday August 13th at the 2016 Article Bienniale, a futuristic arts festival to be held in Stavanger this autumn. The title of the event the panel is part of is "New Eden? Where is biotechnology taking us, and how can art explore this?".
Today I have, along with an external examiner, graded two exam papers in Examen Philosophicum for Department of health studies, following complaint on the original grading.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Today I have been interviewed by a journalist from Fædrelandsvennen about the cultural and ecological background for ongoing conflicts about wolf conservation. The interview will appear in a few weeks, in the weekly magazine of the newspaper.
Monday, 11 July 2016
A few days ago, on July 6th, I visited Prague zoo, for the first time, along with some colleagues (including biosemioticians, and wolf socializers). We observed a couple of examples of stereotypical behavior (in a hyena, and an elephant), but the wolves appeared very relaxed.
Friday, 8 July 2016
At the 16th gathering in biosemiotics, in Prague, which has just been completed, it has been decided/announced that the 17th gathering in biosemiotics will take place at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, June 6-10th 2017, convened by Ekaterina Velmezova.
Today I chaired a session - which had only 2 presentations due to one cancellation - at the 16th gathering in biosemiotics (Prague July 4-8). The presenters were Petr Tureček (with illustrations by Jakub Řídký) and Tyler James Bennett.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Today I attended the Annual Meeting of the ISBS, the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies, held at the 16th gathering of biosemiotics. The meeting included an announcement, by Don Favareau, of the first Biosemiotic Achievement Award (for 2015). In the President´s address, Kalevi Kull mentioned several works I have been involved in one way or another, including, among ten recent books he mentioned, The semiotics of animal representations (Rodopi 2014) and Thinking about animals in the age of the Anthropocene (Lexington Books 2016), both of which I have co-edited - and this blog.
Some 25 people were present.
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Today, along with Laura Kiiroja, I presented our paper ”Fear not! Socialization of captive wolves” at the 16th gathering in biosemiotics (Prague July 4-8). Some 45 people were present.
Here at the 16th gathering in biosemiotics, in Prague, I have just presented my paper "A brief history of the cultural semiotic of wolves and sheep". Some 45 people attended.
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Articles that I have authored or co-authored are referred to in three abstracts in the Book of abstracts for the 16th gathering in biosemiotics, which is currently held in Prague:
* Christophe Menant: "Meaning generation for constraint satisfaction. An evolutionary thread for biosemiotics"
* Don Favareau: "The biosemiotic glossary project: intentionality"
* Filip Jaros: "The semiotic life of cats: a journey into the feline mind"
We have just received the Biosemiotics 2015 Publisher´s report from Springer. While the Impact Factor is down from 2014 (see below), it is higher than the initial IF, for 2012. The 5-year Impact Factor is 0.52. Furthermore, the number of downloads was record-high in 2015, more than 17.000 downloads, which is more than twice as much as the number of downloads in 2012.
From a personal point of view, I note that the editorials from 8(1) and 8(3), which Alexei Sharov co-authored with Timo Maran and me, were the 3rd ("Toward synthesis of biology and semiotics") and 10th ("Organisms reshape sign relations") most downloaded article respectively in 2015, with 403 and 193 downloads. I also contributed to Norway being no. 8 on the list of countries with the most impact, and to University of Stavanger being no. 8 on the list of the organizations with the most impact.
Friday, 1 July 2016
In Mid-November 2015 - much later than I should do this (this was just one and a half week or so before the first gathering/teaching) - I composed and announced selected compulsory readings in the course "Philosophy of science and health care ethics" (course code FXPSH100) at UiS EVU.