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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Ulvetider to be published in pocket version

According to the autumn 2018 catalogue of Vega forlag, a pocket book version of our book Ulvetider will be published in September (price: 199 NOK).

More Ex.Phil. info

Today I presented basic information about Ex.Phil. to child welfare students at Department of social studies, University of Stavanger. I was accompanied by my oldest son.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Council for animal ethics statement mentioned in Dyrevern viten

The latest Dyrevernalliansen email newsletter, Dyrevern Viten, makes mention of and links to Norway´s Council for animal ethics´ statement on tagging of wild animals, which I drafted (under the heading "Viltmerking ute av kontroll").

Ex.Phil. course information presented to social work students

Today I have briefly presented course information on Ex.Phil. (SVEXPHIL10) for social work students here at Department of social studies.

Monday, 13 August 2018

MEE140 planning meeting

Today I have attended a meeting with two colleagues concerning the MEES course (Master in energy, environment and society) I am course coordinator for, "Philosophy of science and research methods" (MEE140), for planning purposes.

Brentari´s Uexküll book received

I have, at long last, received my copy of Carlo Brentari´s book Jakob von Uexküll - The discovery of the Umwelt between biosemiotics and theoretical biology, published by Springer in 2015 - for which I wrote the introduction chapter.

MEES intro meeting

Today I attended an introduction meeting with the new MEES students (Master in Energy, Environment and Society). Teaching starts next week.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Google Scholar profile updated with areas of interest

I have added areas of interest to my Google Scholar profile (max 5): Biosemiotics, theoretical biology, philosophy of science, ethics, and economics. I furthermore added as my homepage.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Special issue on biosemiotic ethics freely available online

Our special issue of Zeitschrift für Semiotik on biosemiotic ethics is now freely available online, downloadable in PDF format.

Brief presentation:
This issue presents the rapidly growing field of biosemiotic ethics. In the past two decades, biosemioticians have began to tease out the ethical implications of biosemiotics. The foundational argument is that if semiosis is a morally-relevant capacity, and if all living systems are semiotic, then biosemiosis can serve as the basis for justifying the attribution of moral status to humans, to animals and plants, and even to ecosystems. Biosemiotic ethics opens the road towards a perspective that connects ecological thinking with ethical perspectives.
All articles are licensed under the CC-BY 4.0 International license.

ResearchGate score and following

My current ResearchGate score is 16.71, cf. my profile. I have 250 followers.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Biosemiotics on Facebook and Twitter

The journal Biosemiotics is now officially on Twitter and Facebook:

The social media accounts are operated by Yogi Hendlin and myself.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Saturday, 21 July 2018

"Introducing a notion of accumulated GDP" rejected

My article "Introducing a notion of accumulated GDP" has been rejected without a review by the editor of Explorations in Economic History, due to lack of theoretical and methodological discussion. I will make use of the feedback received when revising the manuscript before submitting to another journal.

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Project extension for wolf study

Project end for the research (sub)project "Representations both Problematic and Romanticizing of Large Mammals especially Wolves" has been extended to June 30th 2019. The remaining two articles will likely only be completed next Spring.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Article "Introducing a notion of accumulated GDP" finished and submitted

I have just submitted my fresh article "Introducing a notion of accumulated GDP" to Explorations in Economic History, with data material tentatively submitted to Data in Brief (both Elsevier journals). In its present form the article includes 10 tables and 11 Figures.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Council for animal ethics statement on tagging of wild animals issued

On June 26th, Norway´s Council for animal ethics issued a statement on tagging of wild animals, drafted by me. The statement was distributed by email. The statement has not yet appeared online.

"Search image" paper presented

On June 20th, at the 18th gathering in biosemiotics, held i Berkeley, California, I presented my paper "The search image as link between sensation, perception and action". Some 60-80 people were present.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Editorial board meeting of Biosemiotics chaired

In Berkeley, in the evening of June 19th, I chaired the editorial board meeting of Biosemiotics, which was first open to all and then closed and involving only editorial board members.

Updated email signature

I have updated my email signature to read:
Morten Tønnessen

Associate professor of philosophy at University of Stavanger  Lead Editor-in-Chief of Biosemiotics  President of Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies Chair of Minding Animals Norway
Academic blog: Utopian Realism

Ex.Phil. for sosialfag received

Today I received a copy of Ex.Phil. for sosialfag (2nd edition), which I have edited, and which is on sale from now onwards. It defines compulsory readings in Examen Philosophicum at Department of social studies.

PhD application evaluation completed

I have just concluded my work in relation to evaluation of 23 applicants for a posthumanities-themed PhD position at University of Stavanger, as a member of the evaluation committee for Network for gender research.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Writing trip to Tromsø concluded

This is the conclusion of my second YFF-funded writing trip, to Tromsø. I have worked some 13 hours per day, though not exclusively with writing. I have written some text for "Wasted growth - case study: The American nightmare", and a little bit to "The case for minimizing anthropogenic mortality in wildlife management" and "Human development, inequality and social risks in Latin America and the Nordic countries", but have first and foremost worked on "Introducing a notion of accumulated GDP". This has included both text and preparation of material which will appear in tables and figures. I hope to have the latter article finished now shortly, "Wasted growth..." hopefully in August, "Human development..." in October, and "The case..." at some point before New Year.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Google Scholar: 303 citations, h10-index of 8

According to Google Scholar (cf. my profile), my publications have now been cited 303 times. This is up 13 from the May 9th count. My h-index remains 8, but my h10-index (number of articles cited at least 10 times each) is now up from 7 to 8. 

Something has happened with the yearly counts for 2016 and 2017, which had similar counts a couple of months back, whereas now 2016 stands with 77 citations (up 15?) and 2017 with 59 (down 3?). 2018 stands with 31 citations, which is up 15 since May.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Interviewed by LederNytt

Today I was interviewed, in writing, by LederNytt, a Norwegian magazine on leadership, on ethical issues.

Revised Aims & Scope for Biosemiotics

I have drafted a revised version of the Aims & Scope for Biosemiotics, published by Springer. Will appear online quite soon.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Biosemiotics #8 among Springer journals in Evolutionary & Developmental Biology

Here is an overview of the new, 2017 Impact factors for Springer journals within Evolutionary & Developmental Biology. With its record Impact Factor of 1.527, Biosemiotics is now ranked as #8 among Springer´s journals in this category.

"Ex.Phil. for sosialfag" now printed; on sale within week

The second edition of Ex.Phil. for sosialfag, edited by me (496 pp.), is in these days being published by Universitetsforlaget. The first copies are now said to have arrived. It will be on sale within a week.

Here is the book´s page on Universitetsforlaget´s webpage - and my author (editor) page, and the book´s Table of contents.

UiO examiner contract signed

I have signed a contract with University of Oslo concerning my role as external examiner for two master theses in philosophy, with animal themes, this August.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Writing trip to Tromsø

I am on my way to Tromsø, for my final trip before the holidays and the final trip funded by my YFF funding (Yngre Fremragende Forskere = Young outstanding researchers). This will be a writing trip, my second such trip.

Friday, 6 July 2018

New contract with Springer signed

I have just signed my second consecutive contract with Springer as an Editor-in-Chief of Biosemiotics. This one runs until the end of 2020. I have been one of three Editors-in-Chief of the journal since summer 2013.

Back from Amazonas; minor surgery

Yesterday I got back home from my field trip to the Amazonas. Today I underwent minor surgery in relation to a fistula I have amassed (I have Crohns), with insertion of a seton stitch. I am intending to do without any sick leave, except rest today and this weekend.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Abstract evaluation and author feedback for JCSW SI

As a contact person in the editorial team consisting of four gest-editors for the special issue "Welfare in Latin America and the Nordic countries" of Journal of Comparative Social Work, I have just communicated our preliminary decisions (based on abstract submission) and author feedback to authors. The issue is to appear in April 2019.

Grading explained

I have just explained the grading of an exam paper.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Four days in the Amazonas

For the last few days I have been at Pousada Uakari at the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve in the Amazonas (in the municipality of Alvarães). I have attended a number of guided tours, mostly to observe wildlife, but also to visit the indigenous community São José, and heard two popular science lectures. The guides were either indigenous, from one of the communities in the area, or a residing naturalist.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Amazonas next

I am currently on my way to the Amazonas, for the first time. It is also my first trip alone to Brazil, even though I have traveled here some 8 times before.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Professor promotion application in process; meeting

Today I have had a meeting with my head of department concerning my forthcoming application for promotion as full professor.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

PhD application evaluation meeting

Today I attended a meeting with a UiS colleague with whom I am evaluating 23 PhD applications for a posthumanities-themed PhD position at Network for gender research.

Complaint grading for UiB

Today I took part in concluding complaint grading of an essay in environmental ethics, course code FIL236, for University of Bergen.

Monday, 25 June 2018

ISBS annual meeting attended

On Tuesday June 19th I attended the annual meeting of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS) in Berkeley, California. I was tasked with informing about Biosemiotics and announcing the 2017 Biosemiotic Achievement Award.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Biosmiotics 11(1) published

Biosemiotics volume 11, issue 1 has been published, according to a Springer notification alert. This is a regular issue, with 11 articles of different formats.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Search image paper presented

Today, as the last presenter at the 18th gathering in biosemiotics (Berkeley, California June 17-20th), I presented my paper "The search image as link between sensation, perception and action." Perhaps 70-80 people were present.

Conference dinner in Berkeley attended

I have just attended the conference dinner at the conclusion of the 18th gathering in biosemiotics here i Berkeley, California. It has been a great few days here.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

First call for papers for NASS XI

The First Call for papers for the 11th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS XI), which will be held at University of Stavanger June 13-15th 2019 with the theme "Anticipation and change", has started circulating. It can be found on the NASS webpage. Abstracts are due December 10th.

Greenhouse research seminar attended

On last Friday, June 15th, I attended the first research seminar of The Greenhouse at UiS. This included presenting environmental humanities research ideas. I also recruited a couple of volunteers for the organizing of NASS XI (to be held in Stavanger June 13-15th 2018).

Uexküll translation and framing essay cited in Clements MA thesis

These two articles, co-written and translated by me respectively ...:
— Jakob von Uexküll 2013 – translation by Morten Tønnessen, English language editing by Jonathan Beever. Darwin and the English Morality. Translation of "Darwin und die englische Moral", Deutsche Rundschau 173: 215-242. Biosemiotics 6(3): 449–471 (online version published November 21 2013, DOI 10.1007/s12304-013-9182-8).
... are cited in this master thesis:

Clements, Matthew 2018. A World Beside Itself – Jakob von Uexküll, CharlesS. Peirce, and the Genesis of a Biosemiotic Hypothesis. Master thesis, MPhil Humanities and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck University of London.

Excerpt, p. 79:
As Jonathan Beever and Morten Tønnessen document, a shift from a descriptive to a normative analysis of culture, supposedly justified on the basis of biology, had also been pursued in Uexküll’s 1917 essay on ‘Darwin und die Englische Moral’, and earlier still with the 1915 essay ‘Volk und Staat’.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Tripartite Umwelt model applied in Jeremy Lent´s Berkeley presentation

In his talk at the 18th Gathering in Biosemiotics today (held at UC Berkeley), "“The Tao in one’s own nature”: The congruence of Asian wisdom traditions and cognitive neuroscience in identifying the source and implications of human uniqueness", Jeremy Lent made extensive reference to, or rather use of, my workshop presentation (Language and life workshop, Tartu 2012) "The conceptual Umwelt and its role in the tripartite model of the human Umwelt".

Curriculum panel held; paper on Norwegian experience presented

Today I presented my paper "Biosemiotic readings in a Norwegian philosophy of science MA course" as part of the "Curriculum panel" at the 18th Gathering in Biosemiotics, held at UC Berkeley, as one of about nine presenters. Some 50-100 people were present.