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Friday, 12 February 2016

Symposium in Turku: "Animals wild and tame – peering beyond categories"

The Symposium "Animals wild and tame – peering beyond categories" will be held at University of Turku, Finland, 30–31 May 2016. Deadline for abstracts is February 29th. See more info here and Call For Papers here.

Google Scholar: 105 citations; h-index of 6

In Google Scholar, I am now listed with 105 citations (+6), and an h-index of 6 (meaning that six of my papers have been cited at least 6 times each, on Google´s count). My 6th paper to reach at least 6 citations is "The statistician’s guide to Utopia: The future of growth" (though these are mainly self-citations).

Total number of citations in 2015 is now up to 38.

Supervisors for ca. 180 students appointed

Today our appointment of supervisors for bachelor theses has been announced to students and thus been made public at University of Stavanger´s Department of social studies´. This concerns bachelor in child welfare (for which I am the course coordinator) and bachelor in social work.

I will supervise 3 students myself.

Second day of UiS board seminar attended

Today I have attended the second day of the seminar of the board of the University of Stavanger, at Sola Strandhotell. The 2-day event concluded by lunchtime. A lot of interesting people.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

"Thinking about animals..." book cover (page-proofs) proof-read

Yesterday and today I have contributed to proof-reading page-proofs (final sample) of the cover of our forthcoming book Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene.

UiS board meeting and seminar attended

Today I have attended the board meeting of University of Stavanger (as an observer), and the first day of the board´s 2-day seminar. Both events took place at Sola Strandhotell.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

"Thinking about animals..." book on Rowman webpage: Blurb, contributors

Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, has now published a page online on our forthcoming book Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene. For now, the page presents the book´s blurb, Table of Contents, and three endorsements, and lists the editors and contributors.

The term “Anthropocene”, the era of mankind, is increasingly being used as a scientific designation for the current geological epoch. This is because the human species now dominates ecosystems worldwide, and affects nature in a way that rivals natural forces in magnitude and scale. Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene presents a dozen chapters that address the role and place of animals in this epoch characterized by anthropogenic (human-made) environmental change. While some chapters describe our impact on the living conditions of animals, others question conventional ideas about human exceptionalism, and stress the complex cognitive and other abilities of animals. The Anthropocene idea forces us to rethink our relation to nature and to animals, and to critically reflect on our own role and place in the world, as a species. Nature is not what it was. Nor are the lives of animals as they used to be before mankind´s rise to global ecological prominence. Can we eventually learn to live with animals, rather than causing extinction and ecological mayhem?