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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

"Animal agency in politics and eco-existentialism" scheduled for presentation October 24th

My talk "Animal agency in politics and eco-existentialism" has been scheduled for presentation at 13.45-14.30 on Friday October 24th, during the 2nd research seminar of the Norwegian research group of the research project "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis", entitled "Representation of animals".

The full programme for this research seminar is available on the Norwegian research group's UiS webpage. The programme also features presentations by Kadri Tüür, Paul Thibault and Kristin Armstrong Oma.

To guest-lecture at University of Oslo (again)

I have agreed to guest-lecture at University of Oslo's Department of criminology and sociology of law, on February 11th 2015, in a course on green criminology. The title of my talk is "Menneskeveldet - menneskets globale økologiske hierarki" (also offered previous years).

This year Ragnhild Sollund and Rune Ellefsen are course coordinators.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Invited to guest-edit SI of Zeitschrift für Semiotik on biosemiotic ethics

I have been invited to guest-edit a special issue of Zeitschrift für Semiotik on biosemiotic ethics. Jonathan Beever has agreed to be a co-editor. However, I have not heard back from the editors of Zeitschrift für Semiotik since I was invited more than a month back.

Open meeting on possible university fusion attended

Today I have attended an open meeting at the University of Stavanger on possible university fusion. The process of restructuring in the Norwegian higher education sector has been initiated by the Ministry of Education. Today's open meeting was chaired by the rector of UiS, Marit Boyesen.

Personnell meeting attended

Today I have attended the personnell meeting at University of Stavanger's Department of social studies. The topic today was the personell trip next March. Our chosen destination is Reykjavik, Iceland.

4 more hours of teaching, seminar style

Today I have taught for 4 hours - 2 x 2 hour seminar (Examen philosophicum). 2/3 of my teaching in this course this autumn is now completed.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Introductory chapter on Uexküll's Umwelt theory completed

A couple of days ago, or more precisely at 6 a.m. yesterday, I finished the book chapter "Introduction: The relevance of Uexküll's Umwelt theory today", which will serve as the introductory chapter of Carlo Brentari's book The Discovery of the Umwelt: Jakob von Uexküll between Biosemiotics and Theoretical Biology (to be published by Springer).