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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Wolf book "Ulvetider" finished

Yesterday - or rather this night - I finished (because I had to finish) contributing to the book Ulvetider [Time of the wolf], which is about to appear on Vega forlag. I have co-written the book with Lars Lenth and Petter Bøckman.

Seminar #15

Today I have given another Ex.Phil. seminar at Department of social studies - no. 15 this autumn.

"The semiotics of animal representations" intro chapter cited in Hübben 2017

My co-edited book The Semiotics of Animal Representations (Rodopi 2014, edited with Kadri Tüür) has been cited in 

Hübben, Kelly 2017. Mr. Dog Is a Conservative. In: Anna Feuerstein & Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo (eds), Childhood and Pethood in Literature and Culture - New Perspectives on Childhood Studies and Animal Studies. New York & Abingon: Routledge.

Excerpt (p. 2-3 in that chapter):
As Kadri Tüür and Morten Tønnessen argue, representation in general is a form of meaning making distinct from communication and signification; on the other hand, the dynamic meaning-making process of representation takes place within cultural frameworks, where there is some room for overlap between representation, signification, and communication (12). Tüür and Tønnessen perceive the relation between real animals and their representations as two-directional, so that "the way we represent reality tends to influence the way we perceive reality (we only see what we are looking for)" (11). For representation of pets in picture books, it is significant to acknowledge this connection to the reality of human-animal interactions, since picture books, especially those that target a young readership, have a socializing and educational function (Stephens 158).

Anthropocene lecture by Sverker Sörlin attended

Yesterday I attended an open lecture by environmental historian Sverker Sörlin at Museum of Archaeology, on the Anthropocene, organized by GreenHouse, the environmental humanities initiatives at University of Stavanger. Some 50-60 people showed up and were enlightened.

Monday, 16 October 2017

6 hours of teaching

Today I have (soon) taught for 6 hours in Examen Philosophicum at Department of social studies. First a lecture, on philosophy of science, then two seminars with discussion and work with multiple choice questions.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Code biology conference 2018 - Granada

The Fifth International Conference in Code Biology will take place in Granada, Spain, June 5-9th 2018. Abstract deadline is January 15th.

Selected readings list announced in MPH130

I have just reviewed and announced the selected compulsory readings in ethics and philosophy of science for the UiS course "Philosophy of science and health care ethics". Teaching starts November 29th.