Wednesday, 30 December 2009

IDEAS, Future of growth

I now have a profile ("file") at IDEAS (Department of Economics, University of Connecticut).

The statistician's guide to Utopia: The future of growth, published in TRAMES in 2008, is now featured on MPRA (abstract, references). The full pdf paper is registered as MPRA paper no. 19644.

MPRA = Munich Personal RePEc Archive

Tuesday, 29 December 2009


I have registered at the RePEc author service, which ties economists in to its bibliographical database. All RePEc material (articles, books, work papers etc.) is freely available - not just to registered users.

In the same process, I have registered the University of Tartu Faculty of Philosophy at RePEc - and I am making The statistician's guide to Utopia I: The future of growth available through the Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA) (and in effect EconPapers).

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Utopian Realism 2009 - 104 posts in one file

I have compiled (and designed) a pdf-file envoloping all blog posts published in Utopian Realism in 2009 (up to December 20th or so), numbering 104 all in all, over 94 pages.

Besides being available for download online, it appears on 20 copies of a bonus CD accompanying "Kardemomme Tidende" no. 18 (volume 13), December 2009.

Cf. a similar post in my political, Norwegian language blog Utopisk Realisme.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Phenomenology conferences II

I am about to submit a proposal for a paper for the 60th congress of the The World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research (The 60th International Congress of Phenomenology), to be arranged in Bergen, Norway, next August.


Semiotics of Being and Uexküllian Phenomenology

Phenomenology conferences I

My submission to the 8th annual meeting of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology (NOSP) was rejected (the organizers note that they received a large amount of proposals). A pity. It is now uncertain whether or not I will participate.

Bibliographical data for animal play article

Final title: "Abstraction, cruelty and other aspects of animal play (exemplified by the playfulness of Muki and Maluca)"

To be published (available by January) in Sign Systems Studies 37(3/4), 2009, pp. 205-223 (19 pp).

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

January visit to Estonia

I have arranged tickets for visiting Estonia (Tartu) January 24th to 28th (Sunday to Thursday).

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Festschrift contribution submitted

The festschrift contribution of me and Dinda Gorlee, now entitled "Da Lotman og semiotikken kom til Norge" (When Lotman and semiotics came to Norway), has been finished and submitted to the editors.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Play, love etc. - UiA Philosophy Forum in preparation

I have previously mentioned the UiA Philosophy Forum (Filosofisk Forum) - see here, and here. Today the committee of the forum gathered for the second time. We have made a draft of the spring programme, which looks more or less like this:

1) Tuesday, January 19th (16-18)
Morten Tønnessen: "Lek som sivilisasjonens opphav" (Play as the origin of civilization), followed by discussion

2) Tuesday, February 16th (16-18)
To filosofiske samtaler (Two philosophical dialogues)

3) Tuesday, March 16th (18-20)
Filosofisk samtale om tro (Philosophical dialogue on faith), led by Håvard Løkke

4) Tuesday, April 13th (16-18)
Håvard Løkke: Kjærlighet som moralsk følelse (Love as a moral emotion)

5) Tuesday, May 25th (18-20)
Public lecture with invited lecturer, in town. Name and title T.B.A.

In addition, there will be a course session in "philosophical dialogue" (filosofisk samtale) - in preparation of the February dialogue and the public event in March - February 2nd.

While events 1, 2 and 4 are "internal" (university area) events - though open to all - the 3rd and 5th event will take place outside of campus, and aim at engaging a wider audience, in each their way (strictly speaking, this may apply to event 3 more than to event 5, which will nevertheless be made available for a general audience). The methodology for the dialogic events has in the Norwegian context been further developed by amongst others Øyvind Olsholt.

Besides talking at event 1, I will coordinate contacts for event 3, where we hope to gather individuals from different faiths etc. - protestants, catholics, muslims, agnostics and atheists - for a common philosophical dialogue.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Work title: "I, wolf"

The work title for my article-in-progress for the forthcoming anthology Environment, Embodiment and History, edited by Johannes Servan and Ane Faugstad Aarø, is:

I, Wolf:
The Ecology of Experience

Monday, 7 December 2009

Invitation to contribute to book by Nova Publishers

I have received an email from Nova Science Publishers (signed by editor-in-chief Frank Columbus) in which I am invited to contribute to a book entitled "Semiotics: Theory and applications". They previously published 2 issues of "Journal of Biosemiotics".

Friday, 4 December 2009

Expanding horizons: Interdisciplinary integration

Today, at 2-4, I presented "Expanding horizons: Interdisciplinary integration", previously entitled "Methodological challenges in analyzing wolf ecology and wolf management within a semiotic-phenomenological framework" (a 30 min talk, accompanying Timo Maran's "Zoosemiotics: Disciplinary identity and methodological perspectives" (a good overview, with historical perspective)). The occasion was a seminar called "Methodology of the humanities", at University of Tartu (led by Peeter Torop).

Above: Sketch of a global ontological map (humankind in the center).

Lotman piece to be co-written by Dinda L. Gorlée

I have agreed with Dinda L. Gorlée (the Netherlands) that we will cowrite my (now our) aforementioned 2 pp contribution to a Norwegian-Estonian Festschrift, due for next spring. She was a central figure in Norwegian semiotics in the mid-1980s - the only time (so far) semiotics has flourished much in Norway.