Today the University of Stavanger has launched its new webpage. This is my new profile page.
Friday, 30 October 2020
I have been on sick leave since Tuesday October 27th, in preparation of surgery the next day. I will likely stay at the hospital (SUS, Stavanger university hospital) for close to a week. I expect a 4 week sick leave (minimum).
Monday, 26 October 2020
Today I had an article writing day, with some 800 words written on my contribution to the human agency chapter of our book Semiotic agency. Total number of writing days so far this autumn is up to 21,5.
Sunday, 25 October 2020
Friday, 23 October 2020
News story in Khrono about UIS breaking law when hiring new Head of department at Department of social studies
I am indirectly referred to, though not mentioned by name, in the news story "Brøt loven ved ansettelse av instituttleder" (broke the law when head of department was hired") published this afternoon in the Norwegian higher education online newspaper Khrono. The news story refers to the university board´s treatment of the announcement and hiring process, and the fact that the composition of the appointments committee was not in accordance with the Norwegian law concerning gender balance. This was only made clear as the Ministry of Culture replied to a question from the university on September 11th, the day after I was hired. In Spring, I was the only man in the appointments committee, versus four women. In autumn, I withdrew from the appointments committee as I decided to apply for the position as head of department at Department of social studies. After that point the appointments committee consisted of five women, without any male.
The HR director at University of Stavanger stated to the board that the university´s practice will now have to change with regard to gender balance in appointments committees, but that the hiring of me is valid and stands.
I have registered for the 20th Gathering in biosemiotics, which will be fully digital given the circumstances of the ongoing pandemic. At the conference I will present my paper "Introducing a Three-Dimensional Interactive Semiotic Model of Environmental Change".
I am involved as prospective co-supervisor in a ph.d. project at university of Stavanger´s Department of cultural studies and languages where applications are now called for. Main supervisor will be Tyson Retz. Deadline is November 17th. The call is here.
The PhD fellow will explore the concept of progress in liberal democracy from the nineteenth century to the present day. The project will be a study that applies historical insight to the discussion of present-day political and environmental challenges. In particular, the project should aim to critically evaluate the conceptions of progress that have generated beliefs in continual growth. The concept of progress has evolved alongside ideas about human and community development, individual self-improvement, evolution, scientific and technological advancement, industrialisation and modernisation, as well as within political ideologies of social reform, piecemeal problem-solving, planning and anti-planning. Progress could be invoked morally in the name of a collective good, pursued through economic planning, or be aligned with freely acting individuals in the market place. In the second half of the twentieth century, largescale rises in material living standards saw progress become a byword for abundance and opportunity. The political rhetoric of progress has been ever-present.
The PhD fellow will propose a project examining the concept of progress in such or related themes. The project could explore, among numerous possibilities, how commitments to moral improvement underpinned political agendas of social reform. It could explore the concept of progress within discourses of human development, the conceptions of progress that tied together notions of community, welfare and state regulation, or the changing conceptions of moral, scientific and economic progress that had political consequences. Projects situated in the more recent past with a specifically environmental focus could explore the history of the concept of progress in environmental politics and ethics, or the rise of alternative green-growth and de-growth discourses. The intellectual histories of progress’s prophets and critics offer another rich source for generating new understandings of the concept’s role in modern society.
On Wednesday this week I attended the faculty´s leadership meeting, focused mostly on strategy, and a research administration meeting. I also gave a ph.d. supervision session along with a co-supervisor.
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Today I have attended three meetings - the faculty leadership group meeting, a meeting related to the ph.d. programme in social sciences, and a planning meeting related to my upcoming sick leave.
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Today I have attended four meetings. This includes one on a ph.d. programme in artistic research, a meeting in the ph.d. committe, a research administration meeting, and one more meeting.
Monday, 19 October 2020
Today I have had half an article day, with some plans made for November and some 600 words composed on my parts of the Human agency chapter for Semiotic agency.
Sunday, 18 October 2020
Friday, 16 October 2020
Thursday, 15 October 2020
Today I have attended the weekly faculty leadership group meeting, chaired my fourth and last board meeting at Centre for gender studies, and had a video call related to an article I am co-writing.
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Monday, 12 October 2020
Today I have had an article writing day devoted to my contributions to the chapter on human agency in Semiotic agency, with some 900 words written.
Today I have attended the annual meeting - this time held digitally - of Norway´s national academic council for philosophy and history of ideas.
Friday, 9 October 2020
Thursday, 8 October 2020
Video recordings of the Norwegian Animal Ethics Conference 2020, which had the theme "Welfare in the time of isolation", is now available on YouTube (NB: in Norwegian).
Sunday, 4 October 2020
Today I have had a final article writing day ahead of my autumn holidays the upcoming week, with some 1.200 words written on my parts of the "Human agency" chapter for our book Semiotic agency (co-written with Alexei Sharov). I have also drafted a cover letter for the article on socialization of wolves which I co-write with Laura Kiiroja.
Number of article days so far this autumn is up to 17,5.
Friday, 2 October 2020
Today I presented my paper "What can be known about future Umwelten?" in the Biosemiotic Glade (an informal, biweekly digital event held in the biosemiotic community), via Zoom. Some 14 people attended the 2-hour event, which included a half hour introduction by me followed by discussion.
Thursday, 1 October 2020
On Tuesday this week, 29th of September, I had half an article writing day, with some 400 words written on the historical overview chapter of our book Semiotic agency. In September, I altogether wrote some 8.700 words. The autumn´s number of writing days is up to 16.
Today I have attended the weekly faculty leadership group meeting at Faculty of social sciences. Among other issues, we discussed the faculty and university strategy.