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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Article on human distinctiveness not accepted for publication in Agora

On April 22nd, I was notified that my article "Menneskedyret og dets plass i verden" [The human animal and its place in the world], written on invitation by guest-editor of an issue of the Norwegian philosophy journal Agora, Roar Høstaker, had not been accepted for publication. His explanation was, mainly, that my manuscript spanned over too many diverse topics without going sufficiently in depth. I declined to conduct radical revisions.

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"Mapping human impact" chapter now freely available online

My book chapter "Mapping Human Impact – Expanding Horizons: Interdisciplinary Integration" (2011) is, along with the rest of the book The Space of Culture - the Place of Nature in Estonia and Beyond (= Approaches to Cultural Theory vol. 1; ed. Tiina Peil, Tartu University Press 2011), now freely available online via (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) - see here. For my chapter, see pp. 93-106.

See also the link collection "Publications available online" in the right-hand sidebar.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ISBS annual meeting attended; annual biosemiotic prize to be launched - details to be worked out

On Thursday July 3rd, during the 14th International Gathering in Biosemiotics (London, 30th of June to 4th of July), I attended the annual meeting of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS)

Among the topics were the proposed "Biosemiotic Discovery Prize" - a draft of the statutes for this prize, composed by Timo Maran, Alexei Sharov and myself (and language edited by Paul Cobley), was presented at the ISBS annual meeting and at the preceding panel presentation of the journal Biosemiotics. Different concerns were raised. At the annual meeting it was decided, on the suggestion of Jesper Hoffmeyer (the ISBS President), that the three mentioned Editors-in-Chief of Biosemiotics will invite the GiB14 participants to suggest changes in the prize statutes, and then decide on the final version of the statutes. We are currently in the process of receiving such suggestions.

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Meeting of editorial board of Biosemiotics attended

On Thursday July 3rd, during the 14th International Gathering in Biosemiotics (London, 30th of June to 4th of July), I attended the first in-person meeting of the editorial board of the journal Biosemiotics, for which I am one of three Editors-in-Chief. The meeting was chaired by Alexei Sharov.

Biosemiotics journal presented at gathering in London

On Thursday July 3rd, during the 14th International Gathering in Biosemiotics (London, 30th of June to 4th of July), I participated in a panel presentation of the journal Biosemiotics, along with Alexei Sharov, Timo Maran and Springer's Izabela Witkowska. Here I presented the biosemiotic glossary project and plans for an annual prize which is for now entitled the "biosemiotic discovery prize". There was discussion about the latter.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Program for Norwegian Animal Ethics Conference 2014 launched

The program for the Norwegian Animal Ethics Conference 2014, to be held during the fishery fair Nor-Fishing 2014 in Trondheim August 20th, has been launched, see the conference website (specifically here). The program, which spans over 4 hours, includes presentations by Tore Kristiansen, Henrik Stenwig and Susanna Lybæk.

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2nd biosemiotic survey - 'Umwelt' (deadline August 20th)

The questionnaire for the second survey in the biosemiotic community conducted by the journal Biosemiotics as part of the biosemiotic glossary project has just been presented. See the blog post 2nd survey conducted by Biosemiotics - 'Umwelt' (the biosemiotic glossary project) in the Biosemiosis blog. The questionnarie is also to be found on my profile page - see here. Deadline for participation in the survey is August 20th.

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