Today I presented my paper "The semiotics of predation and the Umwelten of large predators" in the session "Considering wildlife I" at the 4th international Minding Animals Conference, held in Mexico City. Some 12 people were present.
Monday, 22 January 2018
I have silently accepted to be appointed, again, as a member of the Scientific Committee of the 3rd conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS), shich is to be held on Toronto July 13-15th.
Yesterday I went with a bunch of fellow MAC4 conference participants to Teotihuacán about an hour´s drive from Mexico City, to see the remnants of this ancient city.
Saturday, 20 January 2018
In the beginning of this week I finished my book review of an anthology called Sann opplysning? Naturvitenskap i nordiske offentligheter gjennom fire århundrer? (eds. Tønnesson and Roos, Cappelen Damm Akademisk 2017), which will appear in Prosa #1/2018.
Friday, 19 January 2018
Thursday, 18 January 2018
At the beginning of this week I finished my text for the brochure of Eli Glader´s video art exhibition "Vitner" [Witnesses], which is to be on display from February to May in Sølvberget galleri, Stavanger.
This morning I took part in a teleconference call with our managing editor in Springer and my two fellow Editors-in-Chief, to establish contact and assess the status and prospects of our journal Biosemiotics.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Today I attended a 5 hour long board meeting and planning session of the Board of Directors of Minding Animals International, in a non-voting role. Topics for discussion included the next Minding Animals Conference, in three years, tool kit plans, and possible reorganization of MAI. Norway (Stavanger or Oslo) might perhaps be a candidate host for MAC5 (or MAC6).
The meeting took place at Hotel Royal Pedregal.
Next week I will go from Mexico to Cuba, where I will take part in the "Welfare research seminar" organized by Universidad de la Habana and University of Stavanger, and hosted by UH (January 24-25th). The seminar will take place in UNESCO Cathedra at Faculty of Philosophy and History.
On January 24th, I have been scheduled to take part in the introductory panel "Welfare and Social work in Cuba - starting points for a comparison", along with Osnaide Izquierdo, Teresa Muñoz, Angela Peña, Dayané Proenza and Roberto Dávalos. In the panel will present my paper "Prosperity and welfare - a comparison of Brazil, Cuba and Norway".
On January 25th, I will take part in Work session III "Welfare research in collaborative perspective", in two rounds - first, summing up common themes from presentations and discussions, and then presenting prospective plans for a special issue of Journal of comparative social work. Both these issues will be addresses by Angela Peña, Siv Oltedal, Sarah Hean and myself.
Tonight I have attended the first couple of hours of the welcome reception of the 4th international Minding Animals Conference, which is held here in Mexico City January 17-24th. The reception took place at Hotel Royal Pedregal.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
I am about to board a plane heading for Amsterdam, after which I will transfer to a plane for Mexico City, where the 4th international Minding Animals Conference is held January 17-24th.
Friday, 12 January 2018
Today I took part in a Skype call with a colleague (should have been two) to plan for two belated wolf-themed articles we are co-writing based on video material from Wolf Park and our own field work with video-recorded interviews in Norway.
Thursday, 11 January 2018
I am in the process of signing contracts with Sølvberget Galleri in relation to Eli Glader´s forthcoming video art exhibition "Vitner" (to open February 10th). I will give three philosophically themed lectures, and write the text for an exhibition brochure.
Preparations and plans for the Short-Term Scientific Mission I will host in February are moving ahead, today with a call to coordinate and discuss the way ahead.
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
This morning I attended a meeting with colleagues and representatives for the research department and international office at University of Stavanger, to discuss mobility application options.
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
The Department of social studies´ annual staff trip seminar is drawing to a close. Today we have discussed the future of the bachelor studies in child welfare and social work by discussing core themes and goals.
Our welfare research seminar on Cuba later this month, co-organised with University of Havana, will be rescheduled from January 25-26th to January 24-25th.
Monday, 8 January 2018
Today I have been home from work with two sick children. In the afternoon, I took the train to Egersund to attend Department of social studies´ personell trip/seminar, which lasts until tomorrow. I just heard two rewarding intros by local/regional "field" leaders.
Friday, 5 January 2018
Today I have attended an introductory meeting for new PhD candidates, in the role as supervisor for Joakim Jiri Haaland, with the deputy dean for research Håvard Hansen and faculty PhD coordinator Nadia Sandsmark.
There is mention of our book Ulvetider in the Norwegian local newspaper Bladet Vesterålen today, as well as a cover photo of the book, in the column "Bokhylla" [the book shelf]. However, the text seems to be from the book´s own blurb.
Thursday, 4 January 2018
A couple of months ago I revised the teaching plan for "Philosophy of science and health care ethics" - on demand, so to speak (say no more).
Our book Ulvetider [Time of the wolf] appears to have been recommended online by the book store chain Norli; and has also been recommended via Instagram by the chain AdLibris.
I have just proof-read this forthcoming article of mine:
Tønnessen, Morten, forthcoming 2018. Animals in Norwegian Political Party Programs: A Critical Reading. In Hannes Bergthaller and Peter Mortensen (eds), Framing the Environmental Humanities (Studies in Environmental Humanities 5). Leiden: Brill – Rodopi, 103–123.
Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Due to hosting a research visit, I am not able to take part in the UiS PhD Supervisory Qualification Programme this Spring. I hope to take it this autumn instead.
I have been informed that a researcher at University of Stavanger can only be part of maximum two research program areas. Since I am now part of the welfare services research program area plus The Greenhouse, and also involved in the philosophers´ application for a program area on subjectivity, I will have to make a tough choice.
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
The Norwegian Environment Agency has withdrawn a permission to import ducks (specifically mallards) for release for hunting purposes. One of the reasons is that Norway´s Council for animal ethics, where I am a member representing animal protection NGOs, has deemed this practice to be unethical. News story in Norwegian here.
At the 4th international Minding Animals Conference (Mexico City January 17-24th), I have also been scheduled to take part in the panel session "Animals and Philosophy" on Saturday 20th of January at 12.00-13.30, along with Andy Lamey (moderator), Dale Jamieson, Jeff Sebo and Mylan Engel Jnr. See program as PDF.
Here is the program, with abstracts, for the 4th international Minding Animals Conference, to be held in Mexico City January 17-24th.
I have been scheduled to present on Monday 22th at 12.00-12.20 (The semiotics of predation and the Umwelten of large predators, in the session "Considering wildlife I") and Tuesday 23rd at 12.50-13.10 (The cultural semiotics of wolves and sheep, same session).
According to Statcounter, in 2017 this blog, Utopian Realism, had 3.918 pageloads (-94) and 3.140 (-216) unique visitors, of which 2.723 (-481) were first time visitors and 417 (+264) returning visitors. All-time numbers: 43.524 pageloads, 30.150 unique visitors, of which 27.296 one-time visitors and 2.854 returning visitors.
Monday, 1 January 2018
In 2017 I worked for some 2.863 hours, resulting in a weekly average of 54,9 hours. This is about 1.213 hours more than a normal work year, or 1,735 times as much.
Last year I worked relatively less with what I characterize as academic work, and slightly more with both book projects and "other work" (including a lot of time spent doing voluntary work for the Norwegian Green Party).
This had a negative impact on my work hours spent on research, with the lowest percentage post-2011 - but "research" nevertheless narrowly ended up as the biggest single work category, yet again. While Green Party work and time spent on book projects had record highs, the categories for my Philosophy business Spør filosofen, music, administration and "writer" (besides research and book projects) had record lows.
In 2017 I posted in this academic (b)log, Utopian Realism, 393 times. 2.769 blog posts in the 10 year period 2008-2017 results in an annual average of 277 blog posts. Despite being higher than this long-term average, I posted less in 2017 than in the last three years.