Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Half writing day

Today I have had half an article writing day, with some 300 words written on the revised version of my article "Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century".

Two meetings

Today I have attended two meetings - a meeting with vice rector for education Astrid Eggen and others related to the revised quality system of University of Stavanger, and a meeting in the faculty leadership finalizing wording on the faculty´s strategic focus areas for the next few years.

Monday, 1 June 2020

Abstract for Steffens conference: "Steffens´ ideas about organic meteorology: From the Totalorganismus to planetary health?"

I have today composed the abstract below for my invited lecture at a conference about Henrik Steffens which is (hopefully) to be held at University of Copenhagen October 1-2nd, "“…just as alluring as instructive…” – Henrik Steffens’ Concept of Nature in Science, Humanities and Arts around 1800".
Steffens´ ideas about organic meteorology: From the Totalorganismus to planetary health?  

Morten Tønnessen Professor of philosophy, Department of social studies, University of Stavanger  

As Linda Richter (2019) has recently investigated, in a report to the Prussian state in 1811, Henrik Steffens made the argument that the atmosphere is a living being, and that adopting this perspective could lead to advances in medicine and our understanding of diseases in humans and animals. The context of the commissioned report was the idea – which was widely held at the time – that many diseases were caused or affected by the climate or weather. In another recent article based on her Ph.D., Richter (2020) distinguishes between Semiotics, Physics, and Organics of the weather as three distinct forms of meteorological knowledge in the period 1750–1850 in German-speaking countries, and presents Steffens as a prominent representative of the Organics perspective.  

I will approach Richter´s two articles and Steffens 1811 report from four different angles. First, I will look into in what ways Steffens´ proposal for an organic perspective on meteorology highlights key aspects of his nature view more broadly. This will include reflecting on possible interpretations of his notion of a “grand organism” (Totalorganismus) in the context of ecology. Second, I will discuss how Steffens´ perspective on organic meteorology fares in comparison with the Gaia theory of James Lovelock. Third, I will discuss whether Steffens´ idea that human and animal health and the weather mirror each other has any resemblance with how we think about human ecology and anthropogenic climate change today. Lastly, I will discuss how Steffens´ perspective connects with contemporary (w)holistic notions such as `One health´, `One Welfare´, and `Planetary health´.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Philosophy business - 2019

2019 was a modest year for my philosophy business: 890 NOK in income and 1.391 NOK in expenses - though I also had 10.000 NOK in accounts receivable (money owed to me after 2 public lectures held in 2019 at a zookeeper conference). Profit margin for the year was thus -56%.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Writing day - total now 39

Today I have had half an article writing day devoted to work on my phenomenology chapter for Semiotic agency, with some 600 words written. Total number of writing days in 2020 is up to 39 (with 7 of which in May, slightly up from 6,5 in April).

With Tim Ingold in the biosemiotic cave

In the digital era of the corona virus pandemic we meet every second week in the biosemiotic cave. Today social anthropologist Tim Ingold joined us, for a discussion about semiotics and representation.

BOA meeting

Today I have attended a second BOA meeting at the UIS.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

3 meetings and partial breakfast webinar attended

Today I have attended part of the beginning of an online breakfast seminar/webinar on zoonoses held by Animalia and MatPrat, the faculty leadership meeting, and two appointment committee meetings related to positions as Head of department at our faculty.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Writing

Half a writing day today, devoted to planning for June, July and August and some pondering and a tiny bit of writing (about 100 words).

Number of writing days in 2020 is up to 38,5.

ISQOLS 2020 cancelled

I have been notified that the 2020 conference of the International Society for Quality-of-life Studies (ISQOLS), planned for Rotterdam August 25-28 has been cancelled, at least in the initially planned format.

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IAEP conference cancelled

I have been notified that the annual conference of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP), planned for Toronto 10-11 October, has been cancelled, at least in that format and at that location.

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Autumn semester discussion in faculty´s emergency preparedness group

Today we had another meeting in the emergency preparedness group at Faculty of social sciences, to tentatively discuss possible plans for the autumn semester.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Biosemiotics 13(1) published; includes my global/Amazon human ecology article

Biosemiotics 13(1) has now appeared. This is a special issue guest-edited by Nelly Mäekivi and Riin Magnus, titled "The semiotics of hybrid natures". Table of contents here.


16 recruitment positions allocated to UIS; Cognitive Lab referred in new UIS news story

Yesterday the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research issued a press release with some details on the distribution of the 4.000 study places and 250 recruitment positions that is proposed added in relation to the revised state budget. University of Stavanger gets 250 study places and 16 recruitment positions.

In an UIS news story titled "Utdanningsløftet gir god uttelling for UIS" (the UIS gets good share of education measure), Vice rector for research Merete Vadla Madland comments on the 16 recruitment positions, emphasizing plans for establishing a cognitive lab (in which I have been involved).

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Two meetings including ECIU communication network meeting

Today I have attended a 1-hour short meeting of the faculty leadership group, and a 2-hour ECIU communication network meeting online (the first of its kind) with collaborators of the university internationally. At the latter network meeting I briefly introduced biosemiotics in the relation of communication studies.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Phenomenology chapter

Today I have had half an article writing day devoted to my phenomenology chapter in our book Semiotic agency: Science beyond mechanism, with some 500 words written. Total number of writing days in 2020 is up to 38.

A meeting, a webinar, and an online book presentation

Today I have attended three digital events/meetings. First a book presentation organised by The Greenhouse, with the authors participating online from Australia. Then the meeting in the research committee of University of Stavanger - where I presented status and plans for Network for welfare research; and raised the question of when we can practically return to organizing (at least partially) physical Ph.D. defences. Lastly I attended a webinar held by the research department at UIS with participation from Research Council of Norway for UIS leadership on EU research funding, particularly ERC.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Writing more

Today I have had an article writing day, with some 700 words written on my article "Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century" (in revision; I have removed the second part of the title, "Umwelt trajectories revisited") and my phenomenology chapter for our book Semiotic agency. 
 
Total number of writing days in 2020 is up to 37,5.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Writing

Today I have had half an article writing day, with some 4 hours spent and 400 words written while revising my article "Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century: Umwelt trajectories revisited". Notably, I read the full draft and assessed the need for restructuring, and reworked and elaborated a disposition for the revised version. Total number of writing days in 2020 is up to 36,5.

Comments on new quality system at UIS

Today I have contributed with some comments on the proposal for a new quality system for the University of Stavanger, with respect to the role of the ph.d. education.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Half writing day

Today I have had half an article writing day devoted to revision of my article "The societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century: Umwelt trajectories revisited".

Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 36.

"Current human ecology in the Amazon and beyond" published in issue; final reference with pagination

My article "Current human ecology in the Amazon and beyond: A multi-scale ecosemiotic approach" has now been published in Biosemiotics 13(1). Final reference:
Tønnessen, Morten 2020. Current human ecology in the Amazon and beyond: A multi-scale ecosemiotic approach. Biosemiotics 13(1): 89–113. Published online February 19th 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s12304-020-09379-8.
 The article is published Open Access and therefore freely available online.

Two meetings

Today I have attended an attempted appointments committee meeting (we could not conlude finally due to only two people with voting rights being present), and a meeting in the university´s external funding project (BOA project). In the latter I had 10 minutes to present the Faculty of social science´s work with external funding.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Two and a half meeting

Today I have attended three meetings - the faculty leadership group meeting at Faculty of social sciences, the monthly meeting of the ph.d. committee for the ph.d. in social sciences (which I chaired), and half of the staff meeting of Department of social studies (just listening in).

Laying hen ethics article accessed 2.563 times

Our Open Access article "The ethics of laying hen genetics" has 2.563 accesses to date.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Two meetings and supervision

Today I have attended the rector meeting, which had the form of a EU funding seminar. I also attended a meeting related to Network for welfare research, and had a supervision session.

Friday, 15 May 2020

Two meetings

Today I have attended a faculty administration meeting on this year´s faculty research report, and the first meeting in the BOA project work group (related to increasing external funding).

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Writing day - literature search, writing

Another writing day today, devoted to literature search for the revision of "Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century: Umwelt trajectories revisited" (by now I have added 40 references) and work on my phenomenology chapter for the book Semiotic agency. Altogether some 600 words written.

Number of writing days this Spring is up to 35,5.

A meeting

Today I have attended a faculty administration meeting in preparation of a faculty leadership meeting.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Writing - on environmental crisis, nature

Today I have had half an article writing day, devoted to the revision of "Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century: Umwelt trajectories revisited" and my phenomenology chapter for Semiotic agency, with some 400 words written. Total number of writing days in 2020 is up to 34,5.

Strategic work

The Faculty of social sciences has recently had a hearing process where the departments etc. have had their say on the faculty leadership´s draft of thematic areas of focus for the next nears. I have taken part in the faculty leadership´s revision of the draft, with contributions to some reworking/reframing of descriptions of four areas of focus, among other things. The revised draft is now out for a new brief hearing at the faculty.

Review

I have recently done a follow-up review for Environmental & Sustainability Indicators.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

UIS has asked Ministry of Education for ph.d.s and post.doc.s for Cognitive Lab; UIS news story

The UIS news story "UIS ønsker flere studieplasser og rekrutteringsstillinger" (University of Stavanger wants more study places and recruitment positions) makes mention of the Cognitive Lab I have suggested to establish at the university, following our faculty´s visit to University of Twente last autumn. The university has communicated to the Ministry of Education and Research that a number of recruitment positions (ph.d. and post.doc.s) could be established this autumn in relation to the establishment of such a lab. The proposal has been made in relation to Norway´s revised state budget for 2020.

Three meetings

Today I have attended three digital meetings:
  1. * the annual meeting of UHR-Samfunnsfag (the social science division of Universities Norway)
  2. * this Spring´s first and only meeting in Forum for Forskning, organized by Faculty of Health Science and focused on matters of privacy. The event was attended by about 50 people.
  3. * a meeting in the emergency preparedness group at Faculty of social sciences

Monday, 11 May 2020

Writing

Today I have had half an article writing day (or so), mostly devoted to the revision of my article "Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the  21st century: Umwelt trajectories revisited", with some 300 words written. Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 34.

Lederforum attended

Today I have attended University of Stavanger´s (digital) leadership forum (Lederforum) (in Zoom). The forum was predominantly about the discruptions the corona virus has inflicted upon us.

Friday, 8 May 2020

Writing day - phenomenology

Today I have had an article day with some 5,5 hours devoted to work on my phenomenology chapter for our book Semiotic agency, and some 600 words written. Total number of writing days in 2020 is up to 33,5.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Online Ph.D. defence attended

Today I have attended the online Ph.D. defence of Memory Jane Tembo, held in Teams.

Thegazingzone: Houseflies project

MA student Ma Kowasz, based in Reykjavik, Iceland, has conducted a little project on houseflies, drawing on the Umwelt theory of Jakob von Uexküll. A brief exchange we had in relation to the project is described, along with further text, images, and a video. It is all here: https://www.thegazingzone.org/houseflies

Excerpt:
One day, I found myself studying the methods of an Umwelt researcher, whose goal is to understand the species-specific view of the world, described by Uexküll in his book “A Stroll Through the Worlds of Animals and Men”, in a very human-centred environment; the kitchen of my apartment in Reykjavík. It was an autumn afternoon, and I and my flatmate had battled a small plague of houseflies occupying our home for the past few days. My flatmate hated their company and announced loudly that she would kill them one by one, if she had to. I was sitting on a chair, looking at their tiny bodies flying around, listening to the buzzing of the wings, wondering how their world compares with mine.  I proceeded to study houseflies and all the information I found revolved around methods and ways to get rid of them. It led me to ask the following question: “How could I change the function of a housefly in my Umwelt?” And equally importantly: “How could I change the function of myself in the perception of the housefly?”   With these questions in mind I reached out to and exchanged a few letters with semiotician Morten Tønnessen, President of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, asking him about the intimate cohabitation of humans and houseflies. “To change the flies´ role in your Umwelt might not be so hard (cf. my vs. my wife´s relation to flies ... sympathy vs. antipathy will change that relation). To change your role in the Umwelt of the fly might be harder - but maybe worth an experiment?” His answer prompted me to create a tool that would make it possible to switch the functions self and other.  ...



Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Half writing day - revising Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century

Today I have had half a writing day devoted to starting on revising my article "Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century: Umwelt trajectories revisited" - first of all by getting an overview of requested and suggested changes (major revisions are required). Total number of writing days is up to 32,5.

A meeting

Today I have participated in a meeting in the appointments committee of Faculty of social sciences.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Link to Siri Martinsen´s reply to my chronicle on Tiger King

Two meetings

Today I have attended the faculty leadership group meeting, and chaired the biannual board meeting of Centre for gender studies. The latter meeting included discussion about the centre´s strategy for the next 4 or 5 years, and the annual report for 2019.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Meeting in Council for animal ethics; plans for Animal ethics conference

Today I have attended the first ever digital meeting of Norway´s Council for animal ethics (in Zoom). 4 hours including lunch break. The meeting included two lectures in addition to the discussion matters - the lectures were on turkey husbandry (held by Guro Vasdal, Animalia) and cleaner fish (held by Inger Fyllingen, Norwegian Food Safety Authority) respectively.

We decided to delay this autumn´s planned animal ethics conference with reindeer herding to the eutumn of 2021. Instead we will arrange a digital animal ethics conference this year, with the human/animal health interface as topic - tentatively September 24th.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Title, abstract for "Umwelt theory for practitioners" chapter revised

Following editorial feedback, I have renamed my chapter "Umwelt theory for practitioners: Practical guidelines for a more-than-human descriptive phenomenology" "Umwelt theory for practitioners: Semiotic guidelines for application in a more-than-human descriptive phenomenology", and made a revised abstract to emphasize semiotic aspects of the theme.

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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Online access to 10 year old book review granted

10 years after its publication, I have received online access to a book review of mine, namely "A stroll around the worlds of zoosemioticians and other animals", a review of Dario Martinelli´s book Zoosemiotics: Proposals for a handbook (2007) published in Semiotica.

Performance appraisal

Today I attended this year´s performance appraisal with my Head of department at Department of social studies - via Zoom.

A meeting and a last supervision session (BA)

Today I have attended the faculty leadership meeting at Faculty of social sciences, and had my fourth and last bachelor thesis supervision session with a student.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Writing day - phenomenology

Another writing day today, with some 700 words written on my phenomenology chapter for Semiotic agency.

MDPI

I do not publish in MDPI journals. A journal like Sustainability has some interesting papers published (and I once saw a thematically interesting call for papers to a special issue), but if you look at how many special issue calls they currently have (hundreds), it looks absurd. Check the online form for signaling interest in editing a special issue, and you see that they do not even require your CV (sending your CV is optional). And the editorial board counts about 1.500 people. Also, authors are invited to suggest who can peer-review their article. None of this is reassuring to me with regard to professional academic publishing.

Response from NOAH to my chronicle on Tiger King

Today Siri Martinsen, leader of the animal protection NGO "NOAH - for dyrs rettigheter", has a letter to the editor published in the Norwegian daily Vårt Land, titled "Illusjonen om dyrehagene", in response to my chronicle ""Tiger King" Joe Exotic: En ekte dyrevenn?".

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

To contribute to Open semiotics book with chapter "Umwelt theory for practitioners"

Today I have had half an article writing day, with some 200 words written. Accumulated number of writing days in 2020 is up to 31.

I wrote the summary reiterated below, which is the abstract for an invited book chapter for an anthology edited by Amir Biglari, Open Semiotics.

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"Umwelt theory for practitioners: Practical guidelines for a more-than-human descriptive phenomenology" 
By Morten Tønnessen 

Descriptive phenomenology denotes a scientific method for describing lived experience, based on phenomenological philosophy. But despite the fact that classics such as Husserl and Heidegger acknowledged the existence of animal lifeworlds, descriptive phenomenology in its current forms is typically only applicable to the study of human lifeworlds. Using the semiotically framed Umwelt theory of Jakob von Uexküll as foundation allows for the development of a novel version of descriptive phenomenology that is non-anthropocentric and pluralistic. In this chapter, I introduce practical guidelines for a more-than-human descriptive phenomenology which is applicable in the study of human as well as animal lifeworlds. Whereas prominent current forms of descriptive phenomenology rely heavily on the subject´s mastery of verbal interviews and/or written accounts, i.e. the mode of human language, a more-than-human descriptive phenomenology depends primarily on participatory observation of and interaction with the subjects under study, possibly supplemented by expert interviews. In the study of animals, applied Umwelt theory can be of use e.g. to veterinarians, ethologists, and zookeepers. It is also of use to any anthropologist or social scientist that studies humans who interact with animals. By providing a scientific method informed by both ethology and semiotics, it offers researchers an invaluable tool for qualitative studies of human and animal lifeworlds separately or in relation to each other.

"Existential universals" article hopefully to be reprinted in Tarasti anthology

My article "Existential universals: Biosemiosis and existential semiosis" was first drafted around 12-13 years ago and eventually published as a journal article in 2017, in Chinese Semiotic Studies. The anthology it was originally written for, Transcending signs edited by Eero Tarasti et al., is now to be published by Mouton de Gruyter. Granted that we get permission to reprint it, the article will appear in the anthology too.

Two meetings; scenarios for the autumn semester

Today I have attended two meetings, first a shortened, 1-hour faculty leadership group meeting, then a meeting in the faculty´s emergency preparedness group (the faculty leadership supplemented by office managers and a few other administrative staff). The latter meeting was about the autumn semester, with some preliminary scenario planning.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Writing day - phenomenology chapter

Today I have had half a writing day devoted to Semiotic agency, specifically my phenomenology chapter in that book, with some 500 words written - for the bibliography (literature search). Total number of writing days this year is up to 30,5.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

30 writing days

Today I have had half a writing day devoted to our book Semiotic agency, with some 300 words written in the chapter on the origin of life, bringing the total number of writing days this year up to 30.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Contributions to application for establishing ph.d. in artistic research

Today and the last few days I have contributed to an accreditation application for a new ph.d. programme in artistic research, in relation to cooperation between Faculty of social sciences and Faculty of performing arts at University of Stavanger and collaborators at University of Agder.

News story on establishment of six research groups

The news story "Støtte til seks forskergrupper ved SV-fakultetet" has been published on the homepage of University of Stavanger.

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Meeting

Today I have attended a meeting with some colleagues related to the ph.d. programme in social sciences, on progress reporting.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Writing day - Semiotic agency

Another writing day devoted to Semiotic agency. Some 400 words written. Number of writing days is upt to 29,5 since New Year.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Writing day - Semiotic agency

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to our book Semiotic agency, with some 500 words written. Total number of writing days since New Year is 28,5 to date.

A meeting

Today I have attended a Teams meeting of the appointments committee at Faculty of social sciences.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

20th gathering in biosemiotics: Paper accepted; abstract to appear in book

I have been notified that my paper "Introducing a three-dimensional interactive model of environmental change" has been accepted to oral presentation at the 20th gathering in biosemiotics (which is being postponed until November, cf. previous post). The notification also included information about a book that will appear in relation to the gathering (published by University of Tartu Press), where the abstract of my paper will be included.

"The ethics of laying hen genetics" featured in Viten newsletter

Our article "The ethics of laying hen genetics" is featured today in the newsletter "Viten" #7, 2020 (distributed today), distributed by the Norwegian Animal Protection organization Dyrevernalliansen (by email):
Avlsproblemer for verpehøns
Avlen for intensiv egglegging har medført at verpehøns har betydelige velferdsproblemer. Forskere tilknyttet GroupHouseNet-prosjektet har kartlagt statusen internasjonalt, som domineres av fire avlskonserner. Foreløpig tilbyr ikke disse konsernene alternative raser med påvist betydelig bedre velferd, og konsernene unnlater å publisere informasjon som kunne ha blitt brukt til å utvikle slike bedre rasealternativer.

Kilde: Fernyhough M. et al., "The ethics of laying hen genetics", Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 33:15-26, 2020.
Our article is Open Access and therefore freely available for download.

Two meetings

Today I have attended the weekly faculty leadership group meeting at Faculty of social sciences, and chaired the monthly meeting in the ph.d. committee for the ph.d. in social sciences.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Records for publication points at UIS; Faculty of social sciences

The University of Stavanger is credited with more publication points than ever before, for 2019, cf. news story. 1298 points for the university as a whole. Faculty of social sciences did particularly well compared to 2018, with an increase from 89 to 126 publication points.

Nationally UIS is no. 3 measured by publication points per scholar among the bigger institutions, only behind University of Oslo and University of Bergen. UIS had 1,36 points per scholar in 2019.

20th gathering in biosemiotics postponed

Yesterday it was announced that the 20th gathering in biosemiotics, which was to be held in Olomouc, Czech republic, July 8-12th, has been postponed until November. No specific dates have been announced as of yet.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Writing day; semiotics companion chapter finished

Today i have had an article writing day devoted to finishing the full draft of my book chapter "Semiotics in ethology and zoology". And finish I did, with some 1500 words written.

Total number of writing days this year is up to 27,5. More than 20.000 words written now since New Year.

UIS guidelines for evaluating doctoral degrees revised

The University of Stavanger has revised its "Veiledning om bedømmelse av norske doktorgrader" (Guidelines for evaluation of Norwegian doctoral degrees), with a number of contributions from me.

Tiger King chronicle published

My chronicle ""Tiger King" Joe Exotic: En ekte dyrevenn?" ("Tiger King" Joe Exotic: A genuine animal advocate?) is published in the national Norwegian daily Vårt Land today, both in print and online.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

A meeting

Today I have attended one online meeting, namely the (pretty much weekly) faculty leadership group meeting, consisting of Dean, Vice Dean(s) and Faculty Director.

The Biosemiotic Achievement Award for 2019 given to Hendlin´s article "I am a fake loop"

The Biosemiotic Achievement Award for 2019 has been announced, cf. the homepage of Biosemiotics. Both the announcement text (by this year´s Selection panel, Franco Giorgi and Maurita Harney) and the award-winning article, Yogi Hendlin´s "I Am a Fake Loop: the Effects of Advertising-Based Artificial Selection", are freely available online for the next two months (for reading as well as for download).

Book project description composed for CCS book

Yesterday I finished the project description for my book project Captured: CCS and the fight for the soul of the environmental movement. This includes a tentative Table of content. 5 pp. altogether.

Not to be Dean

Today I was informed that I am not advancing to the next step of the recruitement process for a new Dean at the University of Stavanger´s Faculty of social sciences. I was one of three applicants that were interviewed for the position.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Six research groups established at Faculty of social sciences

Last week the Faculty of social sciences established six research groups. I have been involved in my capacity as Vice-Dean of Research. The research groups are organised around publishing projects and supplement the existing "program areas for research" (of which there are five at the faculty as of today). The research groups have a time perspective of two years each.

Chronicle on Tiger King Netflix series to appear in Vårt Land

Yesterday I finished a chronicle, titled ""Tiger King" Joe Exotic: En ekte dyrevenn?" ("Tiger King" Joe Exotic: A genuine animal advocate?). Today I was told it will appear in the daily Vårt Land (which invited it) in a couple of days.

Two meetings

Today - back from holidays (at home) - I have attended the first faculty leadership group meeting after Easter, and a meeting related to the ph.d. programme in social sciences.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Google Scholar: 446 citations, i10-index of 17, h-index of 12

Google Scholar now says I have 446 citations (up 19 since April 4th), 20 thereof in 2020, an h-index of 12 (up from 11 as of April 4th) and an i10-index of 17 (up from 16 April 4th).

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Wolf book referred to in daily´s commentary

Our book Ulvetider (Vega forlag 2017) is referred to in the commentary "Omstreifende stedfortreder" by Lars Gilberg, which was published in the Norwegian national daily Vårt Land on March 9th.

To be co-supervisor on progress-themed ph.d. project at Department of Cultural Studies and Languages (IKS)

About a week ago I was informed that the ph.d. project "Progress and political action in an age of environmental crisis" has been allocated a ph.d. position by the Dean of University of Stavanger´s Faculty of Arts and Education. Tyson Ashley Retz will be main supervisor, with me as co-supervisor. The ph.d. scholar will be employed at Department of Cultural Studies and Languages (IKS). A call for applications will appear in late 2020, with start date August 1st 2021.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Writing day

Today I had a writing day devoted to my semiotics companion chapter "Semiotics in ethology and zoology", with some 7-800 words written. Total number of article writing days this year is up to 26,5.

5 exam papers graded

Today I have graded 5 exam papers for the continuation exam in Ex.phil. at Department of social studies.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Google Scholar: 427 citations, i10 index 16

According to Google Scholar (cf. my profile) my research now has 427 citations (+26 since end of December), with 19 citations registered in 2020 so far.

My i10-index is up to 16 (up 3 from December, up 2 from November). In other words, 16 of my publications now has at least 10 citations each.

My h-index remains 11.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Norwegian-Baltic research application OPINION submitted

Today our Norwegian-Baltic research application "One planet: Inclusion and environmental awareness" (OPINION) was submitted, after intense preparations the last few days and weeks. I take part in two work packages, came up with the project title and acronym, and have recruited two external experts, among other things. Kathrine Skoland is designated Norwegian Project Leader, with me and Ingvil Hellstrand also being involved researchers. If funded 15% of my work time will be devoted to this project for 3 years. Kaunas University of Technology would run the project, with partners in Stavanger, Riga (Riga Stradins University) and Tartu.

Two firsts: A digital ph.d. defence and a Zoom meeting

Today I have attended/watched the trial lecture and beginning of ph.d. defence of Nina Hjertvikrem (UIS Business School). This was the first digital trial lecture and ph.d. defence ever at University of Stavanger - and was held partaking in the ph.d. programme in social sciences, which I am heading.

I have also attended my first Zoom meeting - in the biosemioticians´ cave, as it were.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Abstract review for 20th gathering in biosemiotics done

I have recently reviewed ca. 17 abstracts as a member of the scientific committee for the 20th gathering in biosemiotics, to be held (hopefully) in Olomouc in July.

A supervision session and a job interview

Today I have had a supervision session (for bachelor thesis in social work), and been at a job interview (in Teams) for the position as Dean at University of Stavanger´s Faculty of social sciences.

"Learning to fly again" submitted to Child & Youth Services

Joakim Jiri Haaland has just submitted our co-written article "“Learning to fly again” – What children in care`s friluftsliv experiences tell us about the guidance they need to experience joyful leisure" to the journal Child & Youth Services.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

A meeting and an interview

Today I have attended the leadership group meeting at Faculty of social sciences. I have also taken part (on the interviewer side) in a job interview. All digital.