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Sunday, 1 August 2021

Autumn´s first half writing day

Today I had the autumn´s first half article writing day, with some 800 words written on the announcement text for the Biosemiotic Achievement award for 2020.

Friday, 30 July 2021

2-3 articles among Biosemiotics´ most accessed articles in 2020

My article "Current human ecology in the Amazon and beyond: A multi-scale ecosemiotic approach" was Biosemiotics´ 5th most accessed in 2020, and the 2nd most accessed article published in 2018-2020, with 1.298 article requests (total to date: 1.581).

"Jesper Hoffmeyer´s biosemiotic legacy", an editorial I co-wrote with Alexei Sharov and Timo Maran, ranks as no. 7 overall and as no. 4 among articles published in 2018-2020, with 1,141 article requests (total to date: 1.749). Finally, the editorial "Phenomenology and biosemiotics", also co-written with Sharov and Maran, ranks as no. 7 among articles published in 2018-2020, with 764 article requests (total to date: 2.762).

Biosemiotics editorial board meeting attended

Today I have attended the annual editorial board of Biosemiotics, which took place via Zoom. The editorial board meeting was attended by some 20 people, under the leadership of the new Editor-in-Chief, Yogi Hendlin and co-Editor in Chief Alexei Sharov.

In 2020, my last year as lead Editor-in-Chief, the Impact Factor went down from 2019, but the number of downloads increased to record numbers (ca. 59.000, vs. 44.000 in 2019). In 2021, both the number of articles published and the number of article downloads have increased to new record-levels, while processing times have decreased significantly (probably partly due to the new editorial setup with several Associate editors).

#49,5 - Spring 2021 totals

Today I have had another writing day, the last this Spring, as I account for it (January to July). I proof-read my Norwegian language CCS article "Karbonfangst i lys av generasjonsrettferdighet", amongst other things (the article is to be published in September).

Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 49,5 (vs. 52 originally planned). In comparison, I had 54 writing days in Spring 2020. I have written a total of 25.819 words (compared with 45.161 words in Spring 2020).

For the autumn of 2021 (August to December), I am planning 37 writing days.

See also:

#39,5 - 2020 totals: 94 writing days; 84.739 words written

Biosemiotic achievement award for 2020 announced at 21st gathering in biosemiotics; link to live stream

Yesterday I announced the winners of the Biosemiotic achievement award for 2020 during the closing section of the 21st gathering in biosemiotics. Watch it here (live stream - day 4 - at 6.13.50-6.19). I was a member of the selection panel for this year´s award along with Claudio Rodriguez Higueira, with me representing the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS) and Claudio representing the journal Biosemiotics.

The live stream from day 3 (same link as above) includes my presentation "The relevance of Umwelt theory for the theory and practice of phenomenology" (see abstract), which can be watched at 1.16-1.46.




Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

2020 Impact Factor for Biosemiotics

The 2020 Impact factor for Biosemiotics, for which I was lead Editor-in-Chief 2018-2020, was 0.711. This is lower than in the previous years. The 5-year Impact factor is 1.224. 

Biosemiotics had 59.184 downloads in 2020. This is increasing.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

ISQOLS 2021 presentation scheduled for August 26th at 4 pm.

My paper "Human development, inequality and social risks in Latin-America and the Nordic countries" has been scheduled for live online presentation at the 2021 conference of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), to be held August 25-27th (cf. conference program), on Thursday August 26th at 4 - 5.40 pm CEST, as part of the session “Well-Being in the World III”. My presentation, which will be held 4 - 4.25, will also be recorded and accessible for later viewing by conference participants.

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Google Scholar: 560 citations, 64 in 2021

According to Google Scholar my research has by now attracted 560 citations (+5 since June 20th) - see my profile. This includes 64 citations in 2021 (+8 since June 20th). 2021 now ranks as my fourth best year. My i10-index remains 21, while my h-index is 13 (-1 since June 20th). 

Friday, 16 July 2021

Gathering in biosemiotics presentation scheduled for 28th of July

My paper «The relevance of umwelt theory for the theory and practice of phenomenology» has been scheduled for presentation at the 21st gathering in biosemiotics on Wednesday 28th of July at 2-2.30 CET. The event will be streamed live online.

ResearchGate score passes 20

My ResearchGate score has passed 20, now standing at 20.07 - cf. my profile.

Monday, 12 July 2021

Peer reviews done for NASS XII

I have done peer-reviews of individual abstracts as a member of the scientific committee for NASS XII - most recently one today.

Tartu Semiotics Summer School 2021 cancelled

Tartu Semiotics Summer School 2021, with the theme "Semiotic horizons: time, memory, and future(s)", was planned for August 13-16th, but I have now been informed by the organizers that the event is cancelled, for covid-related reasons. I was one of the invited speakers.

A meeting

Today I have attended an ad hoc meeting, despite being on summer vacation.

Friday, 9 July 2021

No ph.d. position allocated

Today I was notified that none of my 2 proposed ph.d. projects were awarded a ph.d. position from the Faculty of social sciences at University of Stavanger. There were altogether 19 applications for the 4 ph.d. positions available. 

See also:

Ph.d. project proposal on Norway´s HDI performance developed

Monday, 5 July 2021

#48,5

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to "Wasted growth - case study: The American nightmare", with some 200 words written, and the text restructured, with numbered paragraphs. I also finished the Supplementary information to go along with the article as an online resource. Total number of writing days is up to 48,5.

I will now have 3 weeks of vacation.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

#47,5

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to the first of my wasted growth articles, with some 200 words written, a figure made, and some work done on formatting the manuscript correctly.

Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 47,5.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Umwelt and phenomenology paper accepted for presentation at 21st Gathering in biosemiotics

I have been informed by the organizers of the 21st Gathering in Biosemiotics, which is to be held digitally and in Stockholm July 26-29th and streamed online, that my paper "The relevance of Umwelt theory for the theory and practice of phenomenology" has been accepted for oral presentation. I plan to attend the conference digitally.

Friday, 2 July 2021

#46,5

Today I have had an article writing day, with some 900 words added to the first of my wasted growth articles, and the final table of the article, a comparison of wasteful growth in the Nordic countries and the USA, finished. Total number of article writing days since New Year is up to 46,5.

Meeting(s)

Today I have had one scheduled and one impromptu meeting.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

2 meetings and 4 job interviews

Today I have attended 2 meetings and chaired 4 job interviews - plus taken part in handling a potentially threatening situation at the office.

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

2 meetings and 2 job interviews

Today I have attended two meetings and chaired two job interviews. I also had a work lunch.

Monday, 28 June 2021

2 meetings

Today I have attended two meetings, one of them in relation to Cognitive lab (specifically about localities).

Sunday, 27 June 2021

#45,5

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to my wasted growth articles, with some reading done and some 400 words added to the articles, primarily the first one, for which I designed and compiled part of the comparative table on wasteful growth in the USA and the Nordic countries. Number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 45,5.

Book "Innovation and the Arts" available in Google Books; includes my chapter on the true value of "doing well" economically

The book Innovation and the Arts: The Value of Humanities Studies for Business (Eds. Piero Formica and John Edmondson, published by Emerald Publishing in 2020) is available in Google Books. It includes my chapter "The true value of "doing well" economically" (pp. 91-109).

See also the publisher´s webpage for the chapter (login/payment required). You may also ask me to share the chapter privately via ResearchGate.

Friday, 25 June 2021

#44,5

Today I have had an article writing day, with some 1.500 words added to my wasted growth articles and my article "Introducing a notion of accumulated GDP". Among other things, I added a number of references, and finished compiling a table on the occurrence of wasted growth in the USA and the Nordic countries (with some commentary).

Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 44,5.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

"Semiotic agency" manuscript revised and resubmitted

Alexei Sharov and I have now submitted a revised version of our book manuscript Semiotic agency: Science beyond mechanism to Springer Nature, after having incorporated revisions after peer review feedback.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

3 meetings and summer semester end event

Today I have attended three meetings and the summer semester end event of Department of social studies, which was attended by some 25 people and involved two academic presentations.

Monday, 21 June 2021

2 meetings and 4 job interviews

Today I have attended two meetings and chaired four job interviews for the position as associate professor of psychology.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

#43,5

Today I have had a second article writing day devoted to revising our book Semiotic agency - this time mainly editing the edits of first author Alexei Sharov. In the process I added some 300 words to the book manuscript.

Total number of article writing days this Spring is up to 43,5.

Google Scholar: 555 citations; articles tied for top spots

According to Google Scholar (cf. my profile), my research has by now attracted 555 citations (+4 since June 11th). This includes 56 citations in 2021 (+1 since June 11th). My i10-index remains 21 and my h-index 14.

"Umwelt Transitions: Uexküll and environmental change" (2009) and "Umwelt ethics" (2003) are now tied for the top spot with 44 citations each. "The biosemiotic glossary project: Agent, agency" and my ph.d. dissertation (2011) are tied for the 3rd place with 34 citations each.


Friday, 18 June 2021

Special issue "Anticipation and change" from NASS XI (Stavanger 2019) published

Sign Systems Studies vol. 49 No. 1-2 (2021), the special issue "Anticipation and change", has appeared. It draws on papers from NASS XI, held in Stavanger in June 2019 (I was chair of the organizing committee).

Table of contents:

Editorial: Anticipation and Change (7-11)

Lauri Linask, Inesa Sahakyan, Aleksei Semenenko

Articles

Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century (12-62)

Morten Tønnessen 

Solar energy discourse in the Sunshine State (63-85)

Prisca Augustyn 

Music as a non-arbitrary avenue for exploration of the social (86-107)

Juha Ojala

Towards the semiotics of the future: From anticipation to premediation (108-131)

Katre Pärn

Towards an integration of two aspects of semiosis – A cognitive semiotic perspective (132-165)

Piotr Konderak

Metaphor, induction and innovation: Getting outside the box (166-190)

Inesa Sahakyan

Trajectories of anticipation: Preconceptuality and the task of reading habit (191-215)

Sebastian Feil

Narratives and the semiotic freedom of children (216-234)

Sara Lenninger

The dialogic nature of double consciousness and double stimulation: Implications from Peirce and Vygotsky (235-261)

Donna E. West

#42,5

Today I have had an article writing day devoted mostly to revisions for our book Semiotic agency: Science beyond mechanism, which we are now conducting after having received a peer-review with some points to work on, with some 300 words added.

Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 42,5.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

A job interview, a meeting, and a faculty seminar

Today I have attended a job interview (which I chaired), a meeting on extra academic support for students, and the summer seminar of the leadership group at Faculty of social sciences. Tonight we´ll have dinner.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

A meeting, a ph.d. defense, and a ph.d. celebration event

Today I have attended a meeting concerning development of a master degree, the ph.d. defense of Ida Bruheim Jensen of her thesis "Ways of seeing children: Perspectives of social workers in Chile and Norway", and helped organize a celebration event for Ida at the department, with food and drinks. Tonight I will attend the ph.d. defense dinner.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

2 meetings and a master ceremony

Today I have attended two meetings, and taken part at this year´s master ceremony at Faculty of social sciences, at Clarion Hotel Energy, with 13 master students from Department of social studies receiving lithographies from the Dean while I read out their names.

Chronicle in Stavanger Aftenblad: "Vekst i velferdens og miljøkrisens tid"

Today a chronicle written by me was published in the regional daily Stavanger Aftenblad, titled "Vekst i velferdens og miljøkrisens tid" (Growth in the time of welfare and environmental crisis).

Monday, 14 June 2021

4 meetings

Today I have attended 4 meetings. This included a meeting with the child protection service in Stavanger municipality.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

$41,5

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to proof-reading my Norwegian language article on CCS and climate justice ("Karbonfangst i lys av generasjonsrettferdighet"), and continuing my work on my wasted growth articles, primarily the first one, with work done on comparing wasted and wasteful growth in the Nordic countries with the performance of the USA. Some 150 words were added to the latter article manuscript. Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 41,5.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Commentary article published in Biosemiotics 14(1)

My commentary to Denis Noble´s Target article "The illusions of the Modern Synthesis" has been published in issue 14(1) of Biosemiotics.

Full reference:

Tønnessen, Morten 2021. Making the Umwelt Bubble of the Modern Synthesis Burst. Commentary. Biosemiotics 14(1): 121–125. Published online May 9th 2021. DOI: 10.1007/s12304-021-09430-2

Google Scholar: 551 citations, 55 in 2021, i10-index 21

According to Google Scholar (cf. my profile) my research has by now attracted 551 citations (+16 since May 28th). This includes 55 citations in 2021 (+11 since May 28th). My i10-index is now 21 (+1), meaning that 21 of my texts have been cited at least 10 times each. My h-index remains 14.

#40,5

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to my wasted growth articles, with some 700 words written on the first of them, and my conception of "wasteful growth" clarified.

Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 40,5.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

4 job interviews; MSCA PF webinar

Today I have led 4 job interviews, and attended most of the second MSCA PF seminar offered by the UIS research department.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

2 meetings

Today I have attended a HMS faculty meeting (annual) and a MSCA PF webinar held by the UIS research department.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

2 meetings

Today I have attended a meeting related to a new study, and chaired the second meeting following up on the employee survey 2021, which took place over 3 hours and involved group work and plenary discussion, with some 25-30 people attending physically or online.

Monday, 7 June 2021

5 meetings, including second Cognitive lab steering group meeting

Today I have taken part in 5 meetings. This included the second meeting of the steering group for Cognitive lab, which I chair. By now 5 of the 7 ph.d scholars have been employed, two more are in the process of being recruited. Moreover, there will shortly be a call for an engineer position. The lab has also started working on a strategy, and remodeling of lab premises is currently under consideration.,

Sunday, 6 June 2021

#39,5

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to my wasted growth articles, primarily the first one, with some 600 words written, data for a table updated, and one table made. Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 39,5.

Abstract for Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2021: "Semiotic futures: Transformative semiotics and its role in facilitating change in human self-comprehension"

I have just composed the abstract below, for my invited talk at Tartu Summer School in Semiotics 2021, which has the theme "Semiotic horizons: time, memory and future(s)".

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Semiotic futures: Transformative semiotics and its role in facilitating change in human self-comprehension  

Morten Tønnessen 

Abstract  

The human being is far from the only being that relates to the passage of time. All organisms that are endowed with an Umwelt (subjective lifeworld) live through what Jakob von Uexküll called an Umwelt-tunnel. Moreover, we can safely state that organisms with an Umwelt also go through Umwelt transitions and partake in Umwelt trajectories. But the human species is, however, unique in some of the ways in which it relates to time. We collectively negotiate our memory of the past and our assumptions about the future, and are furthermore consciously aware that we are mortal, and constantly strive to make our lives meaningful in light of this fact.  

Quite a bit can be known about future Umwelten. In some contexts, Umwelt predictions can be made about future lifeworlds, in others, we can develop a number of plausible Umwelt scenarios. Such predictions and scenarios can help us make more informed choices whenever we discuss actions, lifestyles or policies that have an impact on future lifeworlds. While Umwelt futurology, the study of future Umwelten, can help us understand aspects of the future, transformative semiotics allows semioticians to engage in discussions about value issues. By ‘transformative semiotics’, I mean a normatively conscious form of semiotics that explicitly relates to value issues and aims to frame a perceived need for normative transformation (i.e., normative change) in semiotic terms.   

To be of any use for contemporary society, Umwelt futurology as well as transformative semiotics should be empirically informed. I will briefly summarize and review major changes in common understandings of the environmental crisis, starting with the emerging awareness of a global environmental crisis and ending with the growing acknowledgement of the Anthropocene notion in recent years. While the current predominant understanding of the global environmental crisis is an improvement over earlier understandings on some points, it lacks direction with regard to necessary courses of action. 

In 1984, Thomas Sebeok wrote a technical report for the Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation (USA), titled “Communication measures to bridge ten millennia”. This is an interesting example of applied semiotics in the context of long-term future environmental and societal change. I will review Sebeok´s message in the report, and discuss its relevance for contemporary discussions about Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a climate mitigation measure, which has a similar time perspective.  

The question about how humans´ relation to nature has to change over the next century or so, is intimately related to the question about how the self-comprehension of human beings must or should change in the same process. This was a central premise for Deep Ecologist Arne Næss. In light of philosophical anthropology, just as much as it is concerned with environmental or societal change, transformative semiotics is concerned with human self-comprehension. This brings us back to the issue of what role semiotics can play in addressing the urgent issues of the Anthropocene.   

As John Deely stressed, human beings´ knowledge and awareness about our semiotic capabilities, and about the real-world consequences of our actions, makes us ethically responsible in ways that animals are not. It also opens up fundamental philosophical questions for renewed reflection. Before we can start acting in sustainable ways, we need to develop a sustainable notion of what it means to be human. This requires a thoughtful revision of our human self-comprehension. Increased sensitivity to our own semiotic capabilities, and to the ways in which our actions have an impact on the semiotic lifeworlds of humans and non-humans alike, is key to managing the sustainability transition.

Article "Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century" published

My article on "how to solve the environmental crisis" has been published (June 4th).

Reference:

Tønnessen, Morten 2021. Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century. Sign Systems Studies 49 (1/2) (special issue “Anticipation and change”, guest editors Lauri Linask, Inesa Sahakyan & Aleksei Semenenko): 12–62. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2021.49.1-2.02  

At 51 pages, this is the longest article I have ever published.

The article is part of a special issue, "Anticipation and change", which draws on papers from the NASS XI conference with the same theme that was held at University of Stavanger in June 2019.

Friday, 4 June 2021

#38,5

Today I have had half an article writing day, with some 200 words written on the first of my wasted growth articles, and data for a table updated. Total number of article writing days this Spring is up to 38,5.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

2 meetings

Today I have attended the meeting of partnership for public health in Rogaland, focused on region of partnership agreements, and a dialogue meeting between Department of social studies and Faculty of social sciences.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

2 employee appraisals, 1 more meeting and a course

Today I have attended 2 employee appraisals (total to date: 65) and one more meeting, and also attended a HMS course in sick-leave follow-up.

3 meetings Tuesday

Yesterday I participated in 3 meetings. This included the weekly faculty leadership group meeting, and the fourth and last department leadership group meeting for this Spring.

Ph.d. project proposal on Norway´s HDI performance developed

Yesterday I completed a ph.d. project proposal titled "How did Norway become «the world’s best country to live in»? Understanding Norway´s HDI’s performance 1990-2020", and submitted this project proposal, along with one that I developed in January and resubmitted now ("Bærekraftig velferd"), for the faculty´s consideration now this summer.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

#38; ca. 3.000 words written in May

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to my Wasted growth articles, with some literature search conducted for all three articles and 800 words added in total. Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 38.

In May I had 7 writing days, and wrote 3.057 words. So far I have written 20.373 words since New Year (net).

Philosophy business - annual reporting for 2020

In 2020, my one-person company, Spør Filosofen, had 24.069 Norwegian crones in income and 4.123 Norwegian crones in expenses, resulting in profits of 19.846 crones (margin 82,9%). Income was mainly related to book royalties and fee for a couple of public lectures.

Friday, 28 May 2021

#37

Today I have had half an article writing day devoted to my wasted growth articles, specifically the first in the series, with some 300 words written. 

Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 37.

Google Scholar: 539 citations; 44 so far in 2021

According to my Google Scholar profile, my research has been cited 539 times (+8 since May 21st). This includes 44 citations in 2021 (+7 since May 21st). My i10-index remains 20 and my h-index 14.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

6 employee appraisals and 1 more meeting

Today I have had 6 employee appraisals (total to date: 63) and 1 more meeting. Altogether I have had 12 employee appraisals this week.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

4 employee appraisals, parts of a webinar, one more meeting, and a joint response letter

Today I have had 4 employee appraisals (total to date: 57), attended part of a webinar held by NORECOPA and Norway´s Council of animal ethics, and a meeting among the departments of the faculty in relation to plans for reorganizing who stays in what building. After that latter meeting, I drafted a joint response letter to these plans on behalf of the three departments.

Tuesday: 2 employee appraisals and 2 more meetings, including employee survey meeting

Yesterday, Tuesday, I had 2 employee appraisals (total to date: 53), and attended 2 more meetings. This included a staff meeting devoted to going through results from the employee survey (Medarbeiderundersøkelsen) conducted this Spring. Some 38 people attended.

Sunday, 23 May 2021

#36,5

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to my wasted growth articles, with some 650 words written. Among other things, I have updated 2 tables with the most recent HDI data.

So far this Spring I have had 36,5 writing days.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Abstract for 21st Gathering in biosemiotics: "The relevance of Umwelt theory for the theory and practice of phenomenology"

I have just composed the abstract below for the 21st Gathering in biosemiotics, which will be held online and possibly in Stockholm on July 26-29th.

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The relevance of Umwelt theory for the theory and practice of phenomenology  

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

**@gmail.com   

ABSTRACT  

This presentation draws on two chapters I have recently written, one titled “Phenomenology” (to appear in Sharov & Tønnessen, forthcoming) and the other “Umwelt theory for practitioners: Semiotic guidelines for application in a more-than-human descriptive phenomenology” (Tønnessen, forthcoming).   

In the first chapter, we discuss the phenomenological tradition within philosophy with emphasis on representative phenomenological positions on subjectivity, sentience, consciousness and self-consciousness, and make the argument that giving phenomenology a biosemiotic grounding will make it more comprehensive. Even though both Husserl and Heidegger, two classics of phenomenology, acknowledged that animals have subjective lifeworlds, their respective phenomenologies were clearly anthropocentric. The same goes for most mainstream versions of contemporary phenomenology. Heidegger states this anthropocentric bias plainly when, after referring to the Umwelt theory of Jakob von Uexküll, he claims that animals are “poor in world”. The Umwelt theory offers an alternative, more pluralistic framework for phenomenology – a phenomenology beyond the human, with a biosemiotic basis. Von Uexküll´s Umwelt theory was discussed by Merleau-Ponty and has further inspired several contemporary philosophers within and beyond phenomenology. In the chapter we also discuss the relation between semiotics and phenomenology, including Peirce´s ideas and recent calls for a naturalized phenomenology. While modern phenomenology was from its inception programmatically presented as anti-naturalism, leading contemporary phenomenologists favour realignment between phenomenology and naturalism. With its roots in sign theory and biology, biosemiotics can contribute further to this endeavour, and be an important piece in the puzzle when realigning phenomenological studies of subjective experience and behaviour with natural science.  

The second chapter outlines a scientific method for conducting qualitative studies of human and animal lifeworlds by introducing a semiotically informed descriptive phenomenology that goes beyond the human. A depiction of the theoretical basis for a more-than-human descriptive phenomenology is followed by a depiction of its methodological basis. The chapter concludes with a number of semiotic guidelines for practical application of Umwelt theory organized by relevant professions and settings of study.  

Acknowledgements: Alexei Sharov contributed to the chapter “Phenomenology”. Tønnessen is a member of the University of Stavanger´s program areas for research “Philosophy and subjectivity” and “The Greenhouse: An environmental humanities initiative at University of Stavanger”.   

References 

— Tønnessen, M., forthcoming. Umwelt theory for practitioners: Semiotic guidelines for application in a more-than-human descriptive phenomenology. In Amir Biglari (ed), Open Semiotics. Paris: L’Harmattan.  

— Sharov, A. & Tønnessen, M., forthcoming: Semiotic Agency: Science beyond Mechanism. Springer Nature. 

Friday, 21 May 2021

#35,5

Today I have had half an article writing day, devoted to planning for the autumn.

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

Google Scholar: 531 citations; 37 so far in 2021

According to Google Scholar (see my profile), my research has attracted 531 citations (+3 since May 14th). 2021 now stands with 37 citations (+4 since May 14th). My h-index remains 14 and my i10-index 20.

I am currently listed with 100 texts, 51 of which have been cited.

The screenshot below shows my 10 most cited papers.



Second Fagforum held, chaired

Today I have chaired the second Fagforum (academic forum) at Department of social studies, this time on a project aiming to develop and evaluate models for preventing domestic violence in Poland. Some 30 people attended (in Zoom). Ingunn Studsrød presented on behalf of the project.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Bachelor closing ceremony 2021 at Department of social studies, University of Stavanger

This is the bachelor closing ceremony 2021 for Department of social studies at University of Stavanger. The program includes a speech by me, and one by Andreas Håheim, plus two song performances (jazz).


1 employee appraisal and 2 more meetings, including of Norway´s Council for animal ethics

Today I have had 1 employee appraisal (total to date: 51; of which 7 this week), and attended one more meeting, plus attended the meeting of Norway´s Council for animal ethics.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

4 employee appraisals, a meeting, a video-recorded speech; reference check

Today I have had 4 employee appraisals (total to date: 50) and one more meeting. I have also completed reference check for a philosophy position, and given a recorded speech for the bachelor closing ceremony of the department.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

2 employee appraisals, a meeting and a webinar

Today I have had 2 employee appraisals (total to date: 46), chaired the third department council meeting this Spring, and attended part of a webinar for prospective MSCA PF supervisors.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Google Scholar: 528 citations; h-index of 14

According to my Google Scholar profile, my work has attracted 528 citations by now (+6 since May 7th). 2021 now stands with 33 citations (+4 since May 7th). My i10-index remains 20, my h-index is now 14 (+2 since May 7th and +1 since March 14th).

Thursday, 13 May 2021

#35; plus chronicle

Today I have had an article writing day, with some 400 words written on my wasted growth articles, and one table updated. Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 35.

I have also written a chronicle, titled "Vekst i velferdens og miljøkrisens tid" (Welfare in the time of welfare and environmental crisis).

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

3 meetings and a research workshop presentation

Today I have attended three meetings - of which one physical. One of the meetings were in relation to an audiovisual production to mark the completion of bachelor studies for bachelor in social work and bachelor in child protection.

I also presented my paper "Umwelt temporalities: Individuality and subjectivity in animals in light of Umwelt temporality" at the online international interdisciplinary research workshop "Animal (Pre)History, Agency & Legacy", held by Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University, Germany via ZOOM. Some 14 people were present. A multi-authored opinion piece is to follow.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

3 meetings and (parts of) a research workshop

Today I have attended three meetings and 2 hours of today´s session of the international interdisciplinary research workshop "Animal (pre)history, agency and legacy". The meetings included the second day of the University of Stavanger Lederforum, and the Spring´s third and last staff meeting at Department of social studies, which I chaired (the meeting was attended by more than 40 people).

Monday, 10 May 2021

2 meetings and a workshop

Today I have attended a brief coordination meeting, the first day of the UIS Lederforum, this time focused on environmental issues, and parts of the first day of the international research workshop "Animal (pre)history, agency and legacy", held digitally from University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

#34

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to work on my commentary "Making the Umwelt bubble of the Modern Synthesis burst" (published today, see other post) and my wasted growth articles. The latter included updating a table for the second article, focused on inequality, and adding some 200 words in the process (analysis and comments).

Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 34.

"Publications available online" link list updated

I have updated the links list "Publications available online" with more publications from the last 3-4 years. It now counts 37 articles/texts (mostly freely available in full online). You find the list in the right margin.

Commentary article "Making the Umwelt Bubble of the Modern Synthesis Burst" published in Biosemiotics

My commentary article on Denis Noble´s Target article "The illusions of the Modern synthesis" was published today.

Reference and link:

Tønnessen, Morten 2021a. Making the Umwelt Bubble of the Modern Synthesis Burst. Commentary. Biosemiotics. Published online May 9th 2021. DOI: 10.1007/s12304-021-09430-2

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Commentary on Denis Noble´s Target article on the Modern Synthesis proof-read

I have just proof-read my commentary "Making the Umwelt Bubble of the Modern Synthesis Burst", which is to be published in Biosemiotics as a commentary to Denis Noble´s Target article "The illusions of the Modern synthesis".

Friday, 7 May 2021

Google Scholar: 522 citations; i10-index 20

According to my Google Scholar profile, my research has attracted 520 citations (+13 since March 14th; +3 since December 30th 2020). My h-index is 12 (-1 since March 14th), and my i10-index 20 (+2 since March 14th and unchanged since December 30th). 2021 now stands with 29 citations (+13 since March 14th).

On the current count, I have 5 publications with more than 30 citations each. This includes 31 citations of the book The semiotics of animal representations, which I co-edited and co-wrote the introduction for, along with Kadri Tüür (and which has been merged to one source by Google Scholar).

#33

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to my wasted growth articles, with some 600 words written and two tables updated for my article "Wasted growth in rich vs. poor countries: The marginal cost of human development".

Number of writing days this Spring is up to 33.

Thursday, 6 May 2021

4 employee appraisals, 3 job interviews and 1 more meeting

Today I have had 4 employee appraisals (total to date: 44; of which 7 this week), 3 job interviews and 1 more meeting, altogether 8 meetings in one day - which I think is a new record. Total number of scheduled meetings for the week is 18.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

1 employee appraisal and 1 more meeting

Today I have had 1 employee appraisal (total to date: 40) and 1 more meeting - related to development of a master degree in psychology.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

2 employee appraisals and 3 more meetings

Today I have had 2 employee appraisals (total to date: 39) and 3 more scheduled meetings. This included an info meeting on open science, and the second day of the UHR-Helse og sosial meeting (Universities Norway, health and social studies).

Monday, 3 May 2021

3 meetings

Today I have attended 3 scheduled meetings. This included the first day of the annual meeting in UHR-Helse og sosial, and my weekly meeting with the department´s office manager.

Sunday, 2 May 2021

#32

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to working on my "wasted growth" articles, with some 100 words written. I recovered two important data files (Excel), and updated two tables with the most recent HDI data.

Number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 32.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Appointed as member of the scientific committee of the 15th world congress of semiotics

I have been asked, and agreed, to be appointed as a member of the scientific committee for the 15th world congress of semiotics, which is to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece on August 30th - September 3rd 2022 with the theme "Semiotics in the lifeworld". The congress is held in association with the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS). See list of world congresses here.

Referred to in Yogi Hendlin´s first Biosemiotics editorial

Yogi Hale Hendlin´s editorial in his first issue as Editor-in-Chief of Biosemiotics has just been published, titled "Expanding the reach of Biosemiotics". In the same issue, the journal´s first Target Article with a number of invited Commentaries will also appear. I served as an Editor-in-Chief until the end of last year, after which Yogi took over as Editor-in-Chief.

Excerpts:

Taking up this role of Editor-in-Chief also prompted reflection on all those whose leadership at this journal has developed the discipline into an oasis for robust transdisciplinary dialog. Most immediately prior, I’d like to thank previous Editor-in-Chief Morten Tønnessen for his many years of leadership at the journal, as well as Filip Jaroš, and Timo Maran. Marcello Barbieri, the journal’s first Editor-in-Chief, helped launch Biosemiotics in 2008. And finally, Alexei Sharov, my fellow current Editor-in-Chief, deserves thanks for his steady and indispensable guidance of the journal. 

In the current iteration of Biosemiotics, we have shifted from three Editors-in-Chief to two; but have expanded the journal leadership to include five Associate Editors plus an Intern. We are grateful for all of their contributions towards making this journal run smoothly and to expanding Biosemiotics’ reach and capacity. One reason for the need for this greater capacity is to accommodate the new article type of Target Articles and Commentaries pioneered by Morten Tønnessen. It is my pleasure to work with the Editorial Board of Biosemiotics, the Associate Editors and Intern, and the Members and Executive Board of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies in continuing their devoted work in this tradition.

Friday, 30 April 2021

"Neurosemiotics across species" paper accepted for oral presentation at NASS XII

I have been notified that my paper submission to NASS XII, to be held in Vilnius this Autumn, has been accepted for oral presentation.

See also:

Abstract for NASS XII: "Neurosemiotics across species"

#31

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to proof-reading my article “Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century”, making initial planning for my book chapter “Nosology and semiotics” (cf. previous post), and marking what needs updating in my three wasted growth articles.

Total number of writing days is up to 31 since New Year. Of these, 5,5 were in April, with -137 words written net this month (i.e., I deleted more text than I composed).

Plan; reference for chapter on biosemiotic medicine for book on organic crosstalk in acute kidney injury

I am about to formalize, by way of a written agreement, my planned writing of a chapter on biosemiotic medicine for a forthcoming book on organic crosstalk in acute kidney injury.

Reference:

Tønnessen, Morten, in process, 2022. Nosology and Semiotics. Chapter in Carlo Guido Musso & Adrian Covic (eds.), Organ Crosstalk in Acute Kidney Injury: Basic Concepts and Clinical Practices. Springer Nature.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Post.doc. project review done

I have recently reviewed a post.doc. project application for the Estonian Research Council.

A meeting, Fagdag, and 4 employee appraisals

Today I have attended part of a project related meeting, watched the faculty´s annual Fagdag (academic day), this time held digitally, and conducted 4 employee appraisals (total this week: 10; total to date: 37). The total number of scheduled meetings successfully completed this week is 16.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Supervisor for prospective post.doc. project

Jesper Lundsfryd has been accepted to the University of Stavanger MSCA PF Support Program 2021, with me involved as prospective mentor/supervisor in relation to his post.doc. application.

3 employee appraisals and 1 more meeting

Today I have had 3 employee appraisals (total to date: 34) and 1 more meeting.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

2 employee appraisals and 3 more meetings

Today I have had 2 employee appraisals (total to date: 31), and 3 more meetings. This included the leadership group meeting at Department of social studies, and the weekly faculty leadership group meeting.

Monday, 26 April 2021

1 employee appraisal, one more meeting and a supervision session

Today I have had 1 employee appraisal (total to date: 29), one more meeting, and a ph.d. supervision session.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

#30

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to my three "wasted growth" articles, with some 300 words written and plenty of text moved around. Among other things I have decided what journals to aim for:

  • WG1: “Wasted growth – case study: The American nightmare“: Social Indicators Research
  • WG2: "Inequality-adjusted data on wasted and wasteful growth in the USA and the Nordic countries": Global Social Welfare: Research, Policy, & Practice 
  • WG3: "Wasted growth in rich vs. poor countries: The marginal cost of human development": Journal of Development Economics 
So far this Spring I have had 30 writing days.

Thursday, 22 April 2021

5 employee appraisals and 2 more meetings; 20 meetings this week including 12 employee appraisals

Today I have had 5 employee appraisals and 2 more scheduled meetings. Altogether this brings this week´s total up to 12 employee appraisals and 8 more scheduled meetings, altogether 20 meetings. For now, I have had a total of 28 employee appraisals.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

3 employee appraisals and 1 more meeting

Today I have had 3 employee appraisals (total this week 7, grand total 23) and 1 more scheduled meeting - the latter in the free air.

Commentary on Denis Noble´s Target article accepted for publication

I have just been notified that my Commentary article "Making the Umwelt bubble of the Modern Synthesis burst" has been accepted for publication in Biosemiotics.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

1 employee appraisal and 4 more meetings - first Fagforum held at department

Today I have attended 1 employee appraisal (total: 20; of which 4 this week) and 4 more meetings. This included the weekly faculty leadership group meeting, and the first Fagforum event held at Department of social studies, with some 27 people present while Håvard Haugstvedt presented some of his research.

Monday, 19 April 2021

3 employee appraisals and 1 more meeting

Today I have had 3 employee appraisals (accumulated total: 19) and 1 more meeting (my weekly meeting with the office manager).

Sunday, 18 April 2021

#29

Today I have had half an article writing day, with some thinking done on terminology for our book Semiotic agency (related to the Innenwelt notion), and the manuscript text as of now for a "wasted growth" article divided into three article manuscripts, work-titled:

  • “Wasted growth – case study: The American nightmare“ 
  • "Inequality-adjusted data on wasted and wasteful growth in the USA and the Nordic countries" 
  • "Wasted growth in rich vs. poor countries: The marginal cost of human development"

Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 29.

Friday, 16 April 2021

Book "Semiotic agency" presented at the Biosemiotic Glade

Today I have presented our book Semiotic agency: Science beyond mechanism (currently in review) along with co-author Alexei Sharov at the Biosemiotic Glade, an online research seminar series. This included a 30 minute presentation from Alexei followed by a 15 minute presentation by me, focused on phenomenal experience, subjectivity, and human agency in relation to ecological impact - and then some 75 minutes of discussion. Some 17 people attended.

#28,5

Today I had an article writing day devoted to revising my commentary article "Making the Umwelt bubble of the Modern Synthesis burst" (a commentary to Denis Noble´s target article "The illusions of the Modern Synthesis"), with some 300 words written in the process (net). The commentary will be published in Biosemiotics.

Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 28,5.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

4 employee appraisals and a job interview; 24 meetings this week

Today I have had 4 employee appraisals, and a job interview of sorts, altogether 5 meetings. For this week as a whole, I have had 16 employee appraisals and 8 more scheduled meetings, altogether 24 meetings - a new record.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

21st Gathering in Biosemiotics to be held July 26-29th; abstract deadline June 1st

The International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS) has announced that the 21st Gathering in Biosemiotics will be held July 26-29th, online and possibly also physically in Stockholm, Sweden. Abstract deadline is June 1st. For more info, see here.

5 employee appraisals and 1 more meeting

Today I have had 5 employee appraisals (total so far: 12) and one more meeting, altogether 6 meetings.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

5 employee appraisals and 3 more meetings

Today I have attended 5 employee appraisals (total to date: 7) and 3 more meetings. This included the weekly faculty leadership group meeting.

Monday, 12 April 2021

3 meetings and 2 employee appraisals

Today I have attended 3 regular meetings plus 2 employee appraisals (my first ones), altogether 5 meetings.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

#27,5

Today I have had an article writing day, with some -500 words written net. I have looked through and made slight edits in the article now titled "Meaningful leisure in the outdoors – exploring the friluftsliv experience of adolescents at residential care", for which I am second author (first author is Joakim Jiri Haaland). I have also edited and shortened my article "Karbonfangst i lys av generasjonsrettferdighet" (CCS in light og generational justice). The former is now ready for resubmission; the latter has been resubmitted today.

Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 27,5.

Friday, 9 April 2021

To present ideas from "Semiotic agency" book at Biosemiotics Glade April 16th

Alexei Sharov and I will present core ideas from out forthcoming book Semiotic agency: Science beyond mechanism in the online seminar series "Biosemiotics Glade" on Friday April 16th at 4-5.30 pm. CET.

A meeting

Today I have attended a meeting with philosopher colleagues at University of Stavanger and one more person regarding prospective plans for a public event.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

2 meetings

Today I have attended two meetings, one of which on development of a master in child protection.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

4 meetings

Today I have attended 4 meetings. This included 3 one-on-one meetings and a meeting on a master program application.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

3 meetings and complaint grading

Today I have attended three meetings. This included my weekly meeting with the office manager, and a meeting related to Cognitive Lab.

I have also taken part in complaint grading of 2 exam papers in MEE140.

Monday, 5 April 2021

#26,5

Today I have had half an article writing day devoted to editing and shortening my article on CCS and climate justice, with some 500 words deleted net. Accumulated number of writing days this Spring is up to 26,5.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

#26

Today I have had half an article writing day devoted to formatting, editing and shortening my article on CCS and intergenerational justice, with some 100 words written net today. Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 26.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Book "Semiotic agency" submitted

Yesterday, the manuscript for our book Semiotic agency: Science beyond mechanism was submitted to Springer Nature, after a couple of years´ work. The manuscript counts 12 chapters, a glossary and an index, and several figures. I am the second author of the book, along with Alexei Sharov as first author.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

#25,5

Yesterday I had half an article writing day devoted to go through a language-edited version of my article “Anticipating the societal transformation required to solve the environmental crisis in the 21st century”. I finished today. The article - my longest ever, I think - will be published very soon, in a special issue of Sign Systems Studies.

Accumulated number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 25,5.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

NASS XII abstract review

Today I have done abstract review for NASS XII, as part of the conference´s scientific committee.

#25; work with book "Semiotic agency" completed

Today I have had an article writing day, doing final editing of references in two chapters written by me, and making some edits in a third chapter. With this, my planned work with the book Semiotic agency is finished (at least until we receive peer-reviews and editorial comments).

Number of writing days this Spring is up to 25.

Cited in Denis Noble´s Target Article "The illusions of the Modern Synthesis"; commentary to follow

The first Target Article of Biosemiotics has been published. It is written by Denis Noble, Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology, Oxford University, and titled "The illusions of the Modern Synthesis".

Noble cites three of my articles: 

Tønnessen, M. (2010). Wolf land. Biosemiotics, 3, 289–297. 

Tønnessen, M. (2015a). The biosemiotic glossary project: Agent, agency. Biosemiotics, 8, 125–143. 

Tønnessen, M. (2015b). Umwelt and language. In Velmezova, E., Kull, K., Cowley, S.J. (Eds) Biosemiotic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics. Springer. Pp. 77–96.

Excerpts:

I

"I think Darwin was right and was brilliantly foresighted to resist Wallace’s attempt to subsume intentional sexual (and by implication other forms of social) selection to natural selection. Brilliant because I think he must have been aware of the importance of the distinction he was making. He did not use the word agency, but I think he would have agreed with biosemioticians that the concept is necessary to understand the meanings organisms give to the signs and communicative paradigms they use (Tønnessen 2015a)."

II

"If we follow Ginsburg and Jablonka’s (2019) arguments for attributing conscious action to many other organisms capable of unlimited associative learning, then those organisms must also be capable of intended or unintended illusions. I am assuming here, of course, that conscious meaning is a prerequisite of the creation of illusions. I think that biosemiotics could make valuable contributions to this issue. As an example, through understanding the perspective (the Umwelt) of an animal like the wolf (Tønnessen 2010) we may come to understand its possible use of illusory behavior in predator-prey interactions and in signaling within social networks. Organisms capable of anticipatory behavior surely must use such tactics in successful hunting, just as conscious prey must do so to avoid them. I suspect that this must be what Tønnessen has in mind when he refers to “the naïvety of prey”. They become less naïve precisely through developing anticipation of the diversionary signs from predators.

Of course, I am not suggesting that all illusory signs in organisms are intended. ..."

III

"Tønnessen (2015b) has also addressed the application of Umwelt theory to human language in which he argues that “language is not external to Umwelt, but internal to it. Language changes the human Umwelt not by escaping or sidelining it, but by fundamentally transforming it.” This gets to the core of what I think happened in the development of the illusions of the Modern Synthesis between 1940 and the end of the last century. Language was crafted in creating a coherent model of how organisms work and how they depend on and interact with their environment. In a biosemiotic context we could call it the Umwelt, the mind-set on the nature of the environment-organism interaction, of the Modern Synthesis."

Noble´s article is Open Access and can be read and downloaded here on the homepage of the journal.

Commentaries to the Target Article are soon to be published, including one written by me.

Friday, 26 March 2021

#24

Today I have had an article writing day focused on editing selected sections of three chapters in our book Semiotic agency, with some 300 words written (net). Accumulated number of writing days this Spring is up to 24.

Steffens presentation scheduled for oral presentation October 9th

My invited presentation "Steffens’ ideas about organic meteorology. From the Totalorganismus to planetary health?" has been scheduled for oral presentation on Saturday October 9th at 10.00-10.30, as part of the conference «“…just as alluring as instructive…” – Henrik Steffens’ Concept of Nature in Science, Humanities and Arts around 1800», to be held at University of Copenhagen October 7-9th 2021 (see here for a brief thematic description of the conference).

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Supervision

No meeting today - but a supervision session (ph.d.), and 100 emails.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Cognitive lab: Updated homepage; news story on the establishment of steering group and working committee

The Norwegian language homepage of Cognitive lab has been updated.I am listed as chair of the steering group. The full steering group is presented in a PDF. 

Also, a news story has been published on UIS.no, titled "Styre og arbeidsutval på plass i Kognitiv lab" (Steering group and working committee established for Cognitive lab), featuring an interview with me on recent developments for the lab.

3 meetings

Today I have attended 3 meetings. This included a walk and talk meeting to the Ullandhaug tower.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

One and a half meeting and a guided tour

Today I have attended half an emergency preparedness meeting (covid-related), the weekly faculty leadership group meeting, and a guided tour for the faculty leadership at Kjell Arholms hus.

Monday, 22 March 2021

3 meetings

Today I have attended 3 meetings. This included my weekly meeting with the office manager, and a welcome meeting.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

#23

Today I have had an article writing day, with some 600 words written while adding entries to the index and making further edits in chapter 12 "Agentology" of our book Semiotic agency. The number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 23.

Updated reference for forthcoming reprint of "Existential universals" article

My article "Existential universals: Biosemiosis and existential semiosis", first published as (see also here):

Tønnessen, Morten (2017). Existential universals: Biosemiosis and existential semiosis. Chinese Semiotic Studies 13(4): 381–398. Published online November 16th 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/css-2017-0022.

will as mentioned earlier be reprinted in the anthology Transcending Signs (for which it was initially intended). Updated reference for the chapter to be reprinted:

Tønnessen, Morten, forthcoming. Existential universals: Biosemiosis and existential semiosis. To be reprinted in Eero Tarasti, Sayantan Dasgupta and Paul Forsell (eds.), Transcending Signs – Essays in Existential Semiotics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 

Friday, 19 March 2021

#22

Today I have had an article writing day, with some 8-900 words written while editing and adding to the glossary of our book Semiotic agency. I also reworked a figure. Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 22.

A meeting

Today I have attended a meeting in relation to recruitment.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

To speak at digital workshop "Animal (Pre)History, Agency & Legacy" May 12th; abstract: "Individuality and subjectivity in animals in light of Umwelt temporality"

I have been scheduled to speak at the interdisciplinary online workshop "Animal (Pre)History, Agency & Legacy", organized by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at University of Bielefeld, Germany and to be held via Zoom 10-12 May 2021. The workshop is organized by Stephanie Zehnle and Shumon T. Hussain. My talk, "Individuality and subjectivity in animals in light of Umwelt temporality", is scheduled for live presentation on May 12th at 13.00-13.30 CET. The workshop is not a public event, but for invited participants only.

ABSTRACT:

Individuality and subjectivity in animals in light of Umwelt temporality

Morten Tønnessen

In a biosemiotic understanding, all animals are endowed with an Umwelt as described by the German-Baltic biologist Jakob von Uexküll (1864–1944) in his classical Umwelt theory, which was developed in the period between 1909 and 1940. In my work, I have focused on developing perspectives on Umwelt temporality, starting with a notion of “Umwelt transition” (i.e., environmental change as seen from an Umwelt perspective). While some Umwelt transitions are regular (e.g. developmental), others represent historical events. Another central term in my work is “Umwelt trajectory”, representing the path through time taken by a living being as described by way of its changing relations to significant others. These notions may be applied in historical studies as well as futures studies. This provides us with a theoretical framework and methodology for studying animals as agents endowed with individual semiotic agency.

2 meetings

Today I have attended 2 meetings, both one-on-one.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

2 meetings

Today I have attended two meetings. This included a meeting in relation to establishing a master degree in child welfare.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

4 meetings

Today I have participated in 4 meetings. This included the weekly faculty leadership group meeting, and my first department council (instituttråd) meeting.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Sunday, 14 March 2021

#21

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to edit chapter 10 of our book Semiotic agency, "Composite agency", with some 400 words written in the process (net). Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 21.

Google Scholar: 507 citations, 16 so far in 2021; 52 texts cited

According to Google Scholar (cf. my profile), my work now has a total of 507 citations (+20 since February 5th but -10 since December 30th). This includes 16 citations in 2021. The 2020 total now stands at 68 citations (+7 since February 5th and +3 since December 30th), making 2020 my third best year to date.

"Umwelt transitions: Uexküll and environmental change" (2009) is now my most cited paper (43 citations), ahead of "Umwelt ethics" (2003, 42 citations). "The ethics of laying hen genetics" (2020) already has 11 citations, and is my 14-17th most cited paper (first author: Mia Fernyhough), with 6 citations in 2020 and 5 citations so far in 2021.

My i10-index is now 18 (+2 since February 5th but -2 since December 30th), meaning that 18 of my papers have been cited 10 times or more. M h-index is 13 (+1 since February 5th and equal to my h-index as of December 30th).

Altogether my Google Scholar profile lists 100 texts (which might include a few duplicates, non-scientific texts where my name appears etc.). Of these, 52 have been cited.

Friday, 12 March 2021

#20

Today I have had an article writing day, devoted to editing chapter 8 of our book Semiotic agency, "Semiogenesis", with some 300 words written. Number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 20.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

4 meetings

Today I have attended 4 meetings. This included a start-up meeting for a project at the department in extension of an existing research project.

Total number of scheduled meetings for the week: 14 - plus a training/course session.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

3 meetings

Today I have attended three scheduled meetings. This included a meeting concerning continued collaboration on a joint further education course offer.

To be plenary speaker at Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2021

I have agreed to be a plenary speaker at Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2021, which will be held in Sammuli, Estonia, on August 13-16th. The topic for the summer school is "Semiotic horizons: Time, memory and future".

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

3 meetings and a course/training

Today I have attended three meetings, including the second staff meeting at Department of social studies this Spring, which I chaired, with about 50 people present via Zoom. I also attended 3 hours of training in following up on the annual employee survey (medarbeiderundersøkelse).

Monday, 8 March 2021

4 meetings

Today I have attended four meetings. This included a leadership forum at the university, and a meeting related to the Journal of Comparative Social Work, which is hosted by the Department of social studies.

Sunday, 7 March 2021

#19

Today I have edited chapter 6 of our book Semiotic agency, "Conceptualizing agency", with some 700 words written. Number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 19.

Friday, 5 March 2021

#18

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to our book Semiotic agency, with some 800 words written, and the introductory chapter edited, in addition to the remaining parts of chapter 7, Semiosis. Number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 18.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

#17

Tonight I have had half an article writing day, and written a commentary on Denis Noble´s Target article for Biosemiotics "The illusions of the Modern Synthesis", with some 1.800 words written. I also sent a proof-read version of "Neurosemiotics across species" (Routledge handbook chapter) to the editors along with Contributor agreement and bionote.

Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 17.

CCS article revised a second time

Yesterday I finished the second revision of my CCS paper "Karbonfangst i lys av generasjonsrettferdighet", with some 300 more words written.

4 job interviews and a meeting

Today I have taken part in 4 job interviews for the position as office manager at Department of social studies, and a meeting related to establishing a master degree in child welfare.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

5 meetings

Today I have attended 5 meetings. This included the weekly faculty leadership group meeting, and a covid-related faculty meeting (also weekly).

Monday, 1 March 2021

#16,5

Half writing day. Almost done with the second revision of my CCS paper.

2 meetings

Today I have taken part in two meetings - my weekly meeting with the office manager, and a training session for work planning (and use of the program WorkPlan).

Sunday, 28 February 2021

#16

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to revising my article on climate ethics and CCS, with some 200 words written. I also did some thinking and sketching related to our Semiotic agency book, specifically on the ontological nature of agents.

Friday, 26 February 2021

#15

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to revising and commenting on chapter 7, "Semiosis", for our book Semiotic agency, with some 400 words written. Total number of writing days this Spring is up to 15.

Gathering and 2 meetings - elected as chair of steering group for Cognitive Lab

Yesterday I attended the second day of our faculty leadership group gathering at Hotell Jæren, Bryne. I also attended, and chaired, the first, constitutive meeting of the steering group for Cognitive Lab (Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience lab), and was elected chair of the steering group. And I had one more meeting.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

A meeting, a ph.d. supervision session, and first day of faculty leadership gathering

Yesterday I had a ph.d. supervision session, attended the CubaNor steering group meeting, and attended the first day of the faculty leadership group´s gathering at Hotell Jæren, Bryne.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

4 meetings

Today I have attended 4 meetings. This included my second department leadership group meeting - this time held physically - and the start-up meeting for a new project at the department, ISPAS.

Monday, 22 February 2021

3 meetings, a presentation of Cognitive lab at the rector´s meeting, and an oral exam

Today I have taken part in 3 meetings, including my weekly meeting with the office manager and the work group meeting on a master in psychology.

I also presented Cognitive lab, along with Kolbjørn Brønnick, at the rector´s meeting, with some 20 people in leadership positions attending.

And, I also served as external examiner at an oral exam at Centre for development and the environment (SUM) at University of Oslo at a Master thesis defense.

Sunday, 21 February 2021

#14

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to contributing to chapter 12 of our book Semiotic agency,  "Agentology: Crosspollination of Science and Philosophy", with some 1.200 words written.

Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 14.

Friday, 19 February 2021

Appointed to honorable committee of Spanish semiotics conference

I have been appointed to the honorable committee of the XIX Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Espanola de Semiótica (AES), in my capacity as President of the Nordic association for Semiotic Studies. The conference takes place April 21-23, 2022 at University of Granada.

A grading meeting and 3 job interviews

Today I have attended a grading meeting with an examiner at University of Oslo, and three job interviews in relation to a ph.d. position at Department of cultural studies and languages (UIS).

Thursday, 18 February 2021

A meeting and a job interview

Today I have attended the meeting of Norway´s Council for animal ethics, and a job interview for a ph.d. position (as tentative co-supervisor).

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

HMS training, day 3

That was today. I am now down with the HMS training, and will get a diploma.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

3 meetings

Today I have had three meetings. This included the weekly faculty leadership group meeting, and a weekly covid-related meeting.

Monday, 15 February 2021

Blurb for workshop presentation: Individuality and subjectivity in animals in light of Umwelt temporality

I have just composed the blurb below for my invited presentation at a workshop to be held in May.

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Individuality and subjectivity in animals in light of Umwelt temporality  

In a biosemiotic understanding, all animals are endowed with an Umwelt as described by the German-Baltic biologist Jakob von Uexküll (1864–1944) in his classical Umwelt theory, which was developed in the period 1909–1940. In my work I have focused on developing perspectives on Umwelt temporality, starting with a notion of “Umwelt transition” (i.e., environmental change as seen from an Umwelt perspective). While some Umwelt transitions are regular (e.g. developmental), others represent historical events. Another central term in my work is “Umwelt trajectory”, representing the path through time taken by a living being as described by way of its changing relations to significant others. These notions may be applied in historical studies as well as futures studies. This provides us with a theoretical framework and methodology for studying animals as agents endowed with individual semiotic agency. 

A meeting

Today I have attended one meeting, my weekly meeting with the office manager.

NOSWEL master open for applications

Nordic Master Programme in Social Work and Welfare (NOSWEL) at University of Stavanger (in collaboration with Aalborg University, Denmark) is open for applications with deadline March 1st. Successful applicants will start studying in August 2021.

Sunday, 14 February 2021

#13

Today I have finished revising chapter 9, Phenomenology, for our book Semiotic agency, with some 700 words written today. Total number of writing days so far this Spring is up to 13.

Friday, 12 February 2021

#12

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to revising chapter 9, "Phenomenology", for our book Semiotic agency, with some 300 words written. I also made a figure depicting how a biosemiotic understanding differs from a simplistic phenomenological understanding of the phenomenal complexity experienced by different organisms.

"Neurosemiotics across species" chapter accepted for publication in Routledge handbook

I have been notified that my book chapter "Neurosemiotics across species" has been accepted for publication in a Routledge Handbook on neurosemiotics, edited by Adolfo García and Agustin Ibanez.

Thursday, 11 February 2021

4 meetings

Today I have had 4 meetings, all of them one-on-one. Some were work plan-related.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Abstract for ISQOLS 2021: "Human development, inequality and social risks in Latin-America and the Nordic countries"

I have just submitted the abstract "Human development, inequality and social risks in Latin-America and the Nordic countries" for the 2021, virtual conference of the International society for quality-of-live studies (ISQOLS 2021).

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Human development, inequality and social risks in Latin-America and the Nordic countries

This presentation is based on a published article, Tønnessen (2019), which provides an overview and analysis of human development, inequality and people´s perception of social and economic risks in Latin America and the Nordic countries. While Nordic countries rank very highly on the UN´s Human Development Index (HDI) and are known for their ‘Nordic welfare model’, Latin American countries have been making significant progress economically, and with regard to health and education. However, inequality levels remain high throughout Latin America, representing an obstacle to further human development in the region. This is evidenced by the UN´s inequality-adjusted HDI data, among other sources. High levels of inequality translate to a poorer-than-average social welfare for significant portions of the populations in Latin American countries. To a large extent, actual living conditions are reflected in what people perceive as social risks when looking ahead and thinking about their own prospects, as well as those of their families. Improved and more equal living conditions are therefore likely to change people´s life satisfaction, in addition to what they are the most concerned about. In this article, people´s perception of social risks in selected Latin American and Nordic countries is analysed based on data from the OECD´s Cross-National Survey on Social and Economic Risks.   

Reference  

Tønnessen, Morten 2019. Human development, inequality and social risks in Latin America and the Nordic countries. Journal of Comparative Social Work 14(1). 28 pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31265/jcsw.v14i1.231

2 meetings

Today I have attended 2 meetings. One of these concerned the collaboration between our research school at the department, SWEL, and PROFRES, a national research school.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

HMS training, day 2

Today I have attended the second day of the 3-day HMS training I am subjected to.

Monday, 8 February 2021

3 meetings

Today I have had 3 meetings. This included my weekly meeting with the office manager, and a meeting concerning plans for establishing a regular welfare conference in Stavanger.

Sunday, 7 February 2021

#11

Today I have had an article writing day devoted to revising my chapter "Neurosemiotics across species" for a second time, with some 300 words written net.

Number of article days so far this Spring is 11.

Friday, 5 February 2021

#10

Today I have had an article writing day devoted mostly to some revision of chapter 2 in our book Semiotic agency, "Historical Overview of Developments of the Notions of Agency", with some 300 words written net.

Number of writing days in 2021 to date is up to 10.

Update on 2020 CRISTIN registrations

I have made one more registration in CRISTIN for 2020, bringing my 2020 total up to 21 posts (cf. my CRISTIN profile).

Google Scholar: 487 citations (-30)

According to Google Scholar I now have 487 citations. This is 30 less than as of December 30th, for some reason. 2020 now stands at 61 citations (-4 since December 30th), and 2021 at 2 citations (+2). My h-index is now 12 (-1) and my h10-index 16 (-4).

Reference for conference abstract in book Gatherings in Biosemiotics XX

My conference abstract for the 20th gathering in biosemiotics is included in a book publication:

Tønnessen, Morten 2020c. Introducing a three-dimensional interactive semiotic model of environmental change. Pp. 308–310 in Ľudmila Lacková, Claudio J. Rodríguez H. & Kalevi Kull (eds.), Gatherings in Biosemiotics XX (Tartu Semiotics Library 20). Tartu: Tartu University Press.

The book is available for download here.

Thursday, 4 February 2021

4 meetings and a hospital appointment

Today I have attended 4 scheduled meetings, and had a hospital appointment. The meetings included the steering group meeting of Network for welfare research.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

5 job interviews

Today I have chaired 5 trial lectures and job interviews, related to a call for associate professors in psychology to be recruited by our department.

Altogether this week I have had 10 scheduled meetings, conducted 5 job interviews and had 1 day of HMS training.

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

5 meetings

Today I have attended 5 meetings. This included the first monthly meeting with the dean, two budget meetings, and the weekly fakulty leadership group meeting.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

#9

Today, on this month´s 9th article writing day, I have revised and renamed my article now called "Karbonfangst i lys av generasjonsrettferdighet" (Carbon capture in light of generational justice), written for a special issue on climate ethics of Norsk filosofisk tidsskrift, with some 1.100 words written today.

Registrations in CRISTIN for 2020 completed; 20 posts vs. 274 all-time

I have completed my registrations in the Current research information system in Norway (cf. my profile). With 20 posts, this is less than usual, but then again, it was an extraordinary year (and another factor might be my trajectory towards leadership roles). The activities I have reported include:

 - a scientific journal article

- a scientific book chapter

- 3 chronicles in national newspapers

- 2 scientific conference presentations

- 4 interviews (2 as researcher and 2 in the role as Vice Dean of research)


Altogether I have registered 274 posts in CRISTIN to date (since 2012).