Curriculum Vitae

for

Morten Tønnessen
1. Personal Details
2. Employment History
3. Language Skills
4. Informal Competence
5. Education
6. Academic Activity
7. Writing, Editing etc.
8. Filmography
9. Voluntary Work etc.
10. Awards, Grants etc.
11. Further Online Sources

1. Personal Details
1A. First and Family Name
Morten Tønnessen
1B. Date and Place of Birth
Born March 22nd 1976 in Stavanger, Norway
1C. Civil status
Married (September 25th, 2007) to Helena da Silva-Tønnessen (born Helena de Mesquita da Silva, 1981).
1D. Citizenship and Residence
Residing in Kristiansand, Norway
: Norwegian citizen
1E. Telephone Numbers, E-mail Addresses, Postal Address
: (+47) 9423 7093 (Norway)
morten.tonnessen (Skype)
: mortentoennessen@gmail.com
morten.tonnessen@uis.no
: Address: Harald Gilles vei 5, 4633 Kristiansand, Norway
1F. Current Occupation
: Associate Professor at University of Stavanger’s Department of Social Studies (Institutt for sosialfag) and
Department of Health Studies (Institutt for helsefag)
: Project leader at UiS for the Norwegian-Estonian research project „Animals in changing environments: Cultural
mediation and semiotic analysis“ (EEA Norway Grants EMP151, 2013–2016)
: Co-Editor-in-Chief of Biosemiotics (Springer, contracted, 2013–2018)
1G. Business
Registered with a one-man company [enkeltpersonforetak], SPØR FILOSOFEN Tønnessen (organisasjonsnummer
986 621 024), in Norway. Webpage: www.sporfilosofen.no.

 

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2. Employment History
: 1994
: 1997
: 1997–1998
: 2001
: 2003
: 2003–2006
: 2005–2006
: 2007–2011
: 2009
: 2009–2010
: 2009–2011
: 2010
: 2012
: 2012–2014

: 2014–2016

: 2014–2016

: 2015

: 2015
: 2015–
: 2015–2016

Secretary, Vest-Agder Nei til EU, Kristiansand, half a year.
Accountant assistant, Tumlare Corporation, Oslo, 4 months.
Secretary, Statens Helsetilsyn [The Norwegian Board of Health], Oslo.
Group teacher (ethics), University of Oslo, spring.
National secretary of Miljøpartiet De Grønne [The Green Party of Norway], 5 months.
Personal assistant [health care], Fet kommune.
Biographer for Jens L. Seip, Oslo.
Ph.D. student at University of Tartu (involved in four research projects altogether).
Lecturer at University of Agder – history of philosophy (Examen Philosophicum), autumn of
2009.
Research assistant for the Norwegian (University of Agder) research project „Multimodalitet,
leseopplæring og læremidler“ [Multimodality, reading training and learning materials].
Examiner (sensor) at University of Stavanger (Examen Philosophicum for nursing students).
Teacher and examiner (sensor) at University of Agder (Philosophy in antiquity – “Antikkens
filosofi”), autumn of 2010.
Examiner (sensor) at University of Agder (Examen Philosophicum).
Associate Professor in philosophy at University of Stavanger’s Department of Health Studies
(Spring 2012 25% position, Autumn 2012 100% position, Spring 2013 20% position, Autumn
2013 100% position, Spring 2014 25% position), responsible for teaching in introductory
philosophy (Examen Philosophicum) and a master course in theory of science (Vitenskapsfilosofi
og etikk).
Associate Professor in philosophy (Project Leader) at University of Stavanger’s Department of
Health Studies (10% position), externally funded through the research project “Animals In
Changing Environments: Cultural Mediation and Semiotic Analysis“ (EMP151), March 15th 2014
to April 30th 2016.
Associate Professor in philosophy at University of Stavanger’s Department of Social Studies
(50% position August 2014, 70% from September 2014 to July 2015), 50% from August 2015 to
July 2016).
Examiner (sensor) at University of Agder´s Department of Religion, Philosophy and History;
University of Bergen´s Faculty of Social Sciences; University of Stavanger´s Department of
media, culture and social sciences (IMKS) (Examen Philosophicum).
Associate Professor in philosophy at University of Stavanger’s Business School (40% position),
August to December 2015.
Examiner (sensor) at University of Stavanger (Examen Philosophicum for nursing students).
Course coordinator and teacher for PHCC (Pre-Hospital Critical Care) master course “Philosophy
of Science and Health Care Ethics”, UiS EVU

3. Language Skills
3A. Language Skills
: Czech
Very basic
: English
Fluent
: Estonian
Basic
: German
Fluent (reading)
: Norwegian
Fluent (mother tongue)

 

Primary Training
University course, see below
Up to upper secondary school
University and non-university courses, see below
Up to upper secondary school
Up to upper secondary school

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: Portuguese

Practically fluent

University and non-university courses, private
teacher; see below

3B. Language Courses
: Czech
Basic level – Charles University/SF Servis, Prague, autumn 2002.
: Estonian
: Basic level, taught in German – Tartu Saksa Kultuuri Instituut, spring 2007.
: Basic level – University of Tartu, autumn 2007.
: Portuguese
: 54 hours – Tartu Rahvaülikool, autumn 2007.
: Intermediate level – University of Tartu, spring 2009 [exam not taken]
3C. Private Lessons
Portuguese
: 20 hours – Edith Gonçalves da Costa, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), summer 2007.
: 80 hours – Isabel Martins, Magé-RJ (Brazil), 2008.

4. Informal Competence
4A. Informal Competence – Exemplified by Early Productive Outcome
: Astronomy – Astronomileksikon [Encyclopedia of Astronomy], a 56 pp. publication dating back to 1993.
: Economic Analysis – In 1995, I co-authored the first alternative federal budget [statsbudsjett] of The Green Party
of Norway with Arne Gravanes.
: Math, Statistics – I`ve composed two editions of the NGO report Svart bok [Black book], an analysis of
environmental disposisions in the Norwegian federal budget (for 1997, 1998), for Natur og Ungdom and
Naturvernforbundet respectively.
4B. University Courses Attended Informally
: Charles University (Prague)
Various seminars in English literature (1998–1999)
: University of Oslo
Ethology (2001)
: University of Tartu
: Various seminars in semiotics and philosophy (2006)
: Environmental philosophy (2007)
: Doctoral seminar in philosophy (2007, 2009)
: Political philosophy (2009)
4C. Non-University Courses (In Selection)
: One-week course on Gaia theory (with Stephan Harding, James Lovelock), Schumacher College (UK) 1997
: Four-day seminar on Deep ecology (with Arne Næss), Åkerøya (Norway), 1998

5. Education
: 1983–1989
: 1989–1992
: 1992–1995
: 1995–2003

 

Åmli skole [primary school].
Haumyrheia ungdomsskole [lower secondary school].
Kristiansand Katedralskole [upper secondary school].
University of Oslo.
2002 : Cand. Phil. (comparable to master degree, but 6 years, not 5). Includes one
year of ‘litteraturvitenskap’ (science of literature) and one year of ‘religionshistorie’
(history of religion), in addition to philosophy.
: Philosophy topics covered include epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics and
practical philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and
logics.

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: 2007–2011

: My early specializations were in environmental ethics/philosophy (supervisor: Jon
Wetlesen) and in ontology (supervisor: Inga Bostad).
: My ‘hovedoppgave’ (master thesis), Umweltforskning og Ontologi: Skisse av en
Bio-Ontologi Basert på Jakob von Uexküll’s Umwelt-Lære [Umwelt Research and
Ontology: Sketch of a Bio-Ontology Based on the Umwelt Theory of Jakob von
Uexküll] (supervisor: Nils Roll-Hansen) was mainly situated within ontology,
epistemology and philosophy of biology.
2003 : Additional courses.
: Social psychology [sosialpsykologi], autumn semester.
: Demography and Applied demography, autumn semester.
University of Tartu.
2011: Awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Semiotics and Culture Studies) following
doctoral defence December 15th 2011. The decision of the 10-member Council of Institute of
Philosophy and Semiotics was unanimous.
Affiliation:
Department of Semiotics
Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
Faculty of Philosophy
Title of doctoral project: Umwelt Transition and Uexküllian Phenomenology. An Ecosemiotic
Analysis of Norwegian Wolf Management
Supervisor: Kalevi Kull
Consultant supervisor: Winfried Nöth
No. of study book: A73648

6. Academic Activity
6A. Academic Publications
— 2001. Outline of an Uexkullian Bio-Ontology. Sign Systems Studies 29 (2): 683–91. With Russian ("Гранипы
Юкскюлловской биоонтологии") and Estonian ("Uexkülli bio-ontoloogia piirjoni") abstract.
— 2003. Umwelt Ethics. Sign Systems Studies 31 (1): 281–299. With Russian ("Этика умвельта") and Estonian
("Omailmma eetika") abstract.
— 2005. Fundamentals of Modern Ethics. Pgs. 98–99 in Riste Keskpaik, Silver Rattasepp & Kaie Kotov (eds.):
Väärtused ja konfliktid Keskkonnaeetikas/Values and Conflicts in Environmental Ethics. Eesti Looduseuurijate
Selts, Tartu.
— 2008. The Statistician’s Guide to Utopia: The Future of Growth. TRAMES 12(62/57), 2: 115–126. Featured as
additional content in Encyclopaedia Britannica (www.britannica.com).
— 2009a. The Nature View Held by Environmentalists: Attitudes in the Norwegian Environmental Establishment.
IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, volume 6 (doi:10.1088/1755-1307/6/7/572037). 2 pp.
Also included in a digital (CD) Abstract Book from the congress, which was distributed to about 2.000 participants.
— 2009b. Umwelt Transitions: Uexküll and Environmental Change. Biosemiotics 2 (1): 47–64.
— 2009c. An Ageing Giant. Arne Næss in memoriam, The Newsletter of International Society for Environmental
Ethics, 20(2) (Spring 2009): 13.
— 2009d. Where I End and You Begin: The Threshold of the Self and the Intrinsic Value of the Phenomenal
World. Pp 1798–1803 in Eero Tarasti (ed.) [associated editors: Paul Forsell and Richard Littlefield]:
Communication: Understanding/Misunderstanding; proceedings of the 9th congress of the IASS/AIS –
Helsinki/Imatra, 11/17 June, 2007 (= Acta Semiotica Fennica XXXIV); volume III. Imatra: The International
Semiotics Institute.
— 2009e. The Semioethics Interviews I: John Deely: 'Tell Me, Where Is Morality Bred?'. Hortus Semioticus,
number 4 (August 2009): 57–80 (http://www.ut.ee/hortussemioticus/4_2009/deely.html).
— 2009f. Signs Grow – But Should They? Semioethics and the Dominant Semiosis of Homo sapiens sapiens (=
Meditationes
Semioticae
I).
Hortus
Semioticus,
number
4
(August
2009):
81-84
(http://www.ut.ee/hortussemioticus/4_2009/tonnessen.html).
— 2009g. Abstraction, Cruelty and Other Aspects of Animal Play (Exemplified By the Playfulness of Muki and
Maluca). Sign Systems Studies 37(3/4) (special issue on zoosemiotics guest-edited by Dario Martinelli and Otto

 

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Lehto): 558–579. With Russian ("Абстракция, жестокость и другие аспекты игр животных") and Estonian
("Abstraktsioon, julmus ja teised loomamängu aspektid Muki ja Maluca mängude näitel") abstract.
— 2010a. Guest aditor, along with Kati Lindström, of a special issue of Biosemiotics (Springer), vol. 3, no. 3
(December 2010); entitled Semiotics of Perception. 136 pp.
— 2010b. Guest editor, along with Nelly Mäekivi and Riin Magnus, of a special issue of Hortus Semioticus (no. 6),
entitled Semiotics of Nature. 106 pp.
— 2010c. Being in the World of the Living – Semiotic Perspectives: Introduction to the special issue Semiotics of
Perception. Co-written with Kati Lindström. Biosemiotics 3.3: 257–261 (online version, published April 20, 2010:
DOI: 10.1007/s12304-010-9073-1).
— 2010d. Steps to a Semiotics of Being. Biosemiotics 3.3: 375–392 (online version, published April 30, 2010:
DOI: 10.1007/s12304-010-9074-0).
— 2010e. Wolf Land. Biosemiotics 3.3: 289–297 (online version, published April 23, 2010: DOI: 10.1007/s12304010-9077-x).
— 2010f. A Stroll Around the Worlds of Zoosemioticians and Other Animals. Book review. Semiotica issue 181
(August 2010): 317–325 (online version, published August 24, 2010: DOI: 10.1515/semi.2010.047).
— 2010g. Editors’ Foreword to the Special Issue Semiotics of Nature. Co-written with Riin Magnus and Nelly
Mäekivi. Hortus Semioticus 6: 1–6 (includes Estonian version, "Toimetajate Eessõna").
— 2010h. The Bio-Translator – Interview with Professor in Biosemiotics Kalevi Kull. Co-written with Riin
Magnus. Hortus Semioticus 6: 77–103. Includes full bibliography of Kalevi Kull’s biosemiotic publications.
— 2010i. The Global Species. New formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics 69 (Special Issue guest-edited
by Ashley Dawson, Imperial Ecologies): 98–110. Featured as additional content in Encyclopaedia Britannica
(www.britannica.com).
— 2010j. Is a Wolf wild as Long as it Does Not Know that It Is Being Thoroughly Handled? Humanimalia – a
journal
of
human/animal
interface
studies
2(1)
(Fall
2010):
1–8
(http://www.depauw.edu/site/humanimalia/issue03/tonnesen.html).
— 2010k. The Legality and Ethical Legitimacy of Wolf Hunting in Scandinavia. Pp. 65–72 in the Research
seminar report 52 of the Scandinavian Council for Criminology.
— 2010l. Da Lotman og semiotikken kom til Norge [When Lotman and semiotics came to Norway]. Co-written
with Dinda L. Gorlée. Pp 258–259 in Turid Farbregd and Øyvind Rangøy (eds.): Estland og Norge i fortid og nåtid
– Norsk-estisk forening 25 år [Estonia and Norway past and present – Norwegian-Estonian Society 25 years]. Oslo:
Norsk-estisk forening.
— 2011a. The Semioethics Interviews III: John Deely: Human Understanding in the Age of Global Awareness. Pp.
171–189 in Steven C. Hamel (ed.): Semiotics: Theory and Applications (New York: Nova Science Publishers).
— 2011b. I, Wolf: The Ecology of Existence. Pp. 315–333 (cf. also bionote p. 338) in Johannes Servan and Ane
Faugstad Aarø (eds.): Environment, Embodiment and Gender, Bergen: Hermes Text.
— 2011c. Mapping Human Impact – Expanding Horizons: Interdisciplinary Integration. Pp. 93–106 in Tiina Peil
(ed.): The Space of Culture - the Place of Nature in Estonia and Beyond (= Approaches to Cultural Theory vol. 1).
Tartu: Tartu University Press.
— 2011d. Semiotics of Being and Uexküllian Phenomenology. Pp. 327–340 in Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (ed.):
Phenomenology/Ontopoiesis Retrieving Geo-Cosmic Horizons of Antiquity (= Analecta Husserliana CX/110).
Dordrecht: Springer.
— 2011e. Umwelt Transition and Uexküllian Phenomenology – An Ecosemiotic Analysis of Norwegian Wolf
Management (= Dissertationes Semioticae Universitatis Tartuensis 16). Doctoral dissertation. Tartu: Tartu
University
Press.
232
pp.
Introduction
available
online
(http://dspace.utlib.ee/dspace/bitstream/handle/10062/19250/tonnessen_morten.pdf?sequence=1,
uploaded
December 16 2011). Full thesis includes Tønnessen 2009b (Paper I), 2010d (Paper II), 2011d (Paper III), 2011c
(Paper IV), 2010i (Paper V), 2010e (Paper VI) and 2011b (Paper VII). ISBN 978–9949–19–903–7 (print version);
978–9949–19–904–4 (PDF); ISSN 1406–6033.
— 2011f. Visjon 2040: Fra overlagt rovdrift til Utopi Buane [Vision 2040: From deliberate exploitation to Utopia
Buane]. Available online (Academia.edu, ResearchGate (DOI: 10.13140/2.1.4708.9289), Scribd). 18 pp.
— 2012a. Semiogenesis. In Donald Favareau, Paul Cobley and Kalevi Kull (eds): A More Developed Sign:
Interpreting the Work of Jesper Hoffmeyer (= Tartu Semiotics Library 10), Tartu: Tartu University Press, 247–249.
— 2012b. Semiotics in the Wild: Essays in Honour of Kalevi Kull on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday. Co-edited
with Timo Maran, Kati Lindström and Riin Magnus. Tartu: Tartu University Press. 212 pp.
— 2012c. Co-written by Kati Lindström, Riin Magnus and Timo Maran. Kalevi Kull and the rewilding of
biosemiotics: Introduction. In 2012b, 7–13.

 

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— 2012d. Introducing semetics. In 2012b, 47–54.
— 2012e. In the gaze of the other: Describing cultural affordances by conducting comparative umwelt mapping in
animal studies. In Silver Rattasepp and Tyler Bennett (eds), Gatherings in Biosemiotics (= Tartu Semiotics Library
11), Tartu: Tartu University Press, 138–139.
— 2012f. On the notion of induced semiosis, with emphasis on anthropogenic semiosis. In Silver Rattasepp and
Tyler Bennett (eds), Gatherings in Biosemiotics (= Tartu Semiotics Library 11), Tartu: Tartu University Press, 220.
— 2012g. The changing imagery of the big bad wolf. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the International
Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS) (Universidade da Coruña (Spain)), ISBN: 978-84-9749-522-6, pp.
1543–1548.
— 2013a. Cutting the Gordian knot: Two Addictions at the Root of Our Climate Change Problem. E-International
Relations (edited website), published online January 27th.
— 2013b. Hvem er villest i landet her? Råskap mot dyr og natur i antropocen, menneskets tidsalder [Who is
wildest in this country here? Brutality towards animals and nature in the Anthropocene, the age of Man]. Co-edited
with Ragnhild Sollund and Guri Larsen. Oslo: Spartacus Forlag/Scandinavian Academic Press.
— 2013c. Sollund, Ragnhild, Guri Larsen og Morten Tønnessen 2013. Forord [Preface]. In Sollund, Ragnhild,
Morten Tønnessen og Guri Larsen (eds) 2013, Hvem er villest i landet her? Råskap mot dyr og natur i antropocen,
menneskets tidsalder, Oslo: Spartacus Forlag/Scandinavian Academic Press, 7.
— 2013d. Sollund, Ragnhild, Morten Tønnessen og Guri Larsen 2013. Introduksjon: Fra bruksdyr til dyreverd
[Introduction: From animals of utility to animal dignity]. In Sollund, Ragnhild, Morten Tønnessen og Guri Larsen
(eds) 2013, Hvem er villest i landet her? Råskap mot dyr og natur i antropocen, menneskets tidsalder, Oslo:
Spartacus Forlag/Scandinavian Academic Press, 9–36.
— 2013e. Menneskeveldet [The human empire]. In Sollund, Ragnhild, Morten Tønnessen og Guri Larsen (eds)
2013, Hvem er villest i landet her? Råskap mot dyr og natur i antropocen, menneskets tidsalder, Oslo: Spartacus
Forlag/Scandinavian Academic Press, 37–56.
— 2013f. Hvem er villest i landet her? Et ulveliv [Who is wildest in this country here? A wolf's life]. In Sollund,
Ragnhild, Morten Tønnessen and Guri Larsen (eds) 2013, Hvem er villest i landet her? Råskap mot dyr og natur i
antropocen, menneskets tidsalder, Oslo: Spartacus Forlag/Scandinavian Academic Press, 79–98.
— 2013g. Discourses gone astray: Restoring animality, humanity, and language. Book review. Journal of
Multicultural Discourses 8(3): 255–259 (published online July 1st 2013, DOI: 10.1080/17447143.2013.810631).
— 2013h. Ketil Skogen, Olve Krange og Helene Figari 2013, Ulvekonflikter – en sosiologisk studie, Oslo 2013:
Akademika forlag. Book review. Sosiologi i dag 43(2) (Special Issue on „Dyr i samfunnet“ [Animals in society]):
117–122. Online summary: http://ojs.novus.no/index.php/SID/article/view/693.
— 2013i, with Jonathan Beever. “Darwin und die englische Moral”: The Moral Consequences of Uexküll’s
Umwelt Theory. Biosemiotics 6(3): 437–447 (online version published September 25 2013, DOI 10.1007/s12304013-9180-x).
— 2013j, by Jakob von Uexküll – translation by Morten Tønnessen, English language editing by Jonathan Beever.
Darwin and the English Morality. Translation of "Darwin und die englische Moral", Deutsche Rundschau 173:
215-242. Biosemiotics 6(3): 449–471 (online version published November 21 2013, DOI 10.1007/s12304-0139182-8).
— 2013k. Menneskeverd og dyreverd – uforenlige størrelser? Prosa, debate article, published online
(http://www.prosa.no/debatt/menneskeverd-og-dyreverd-uforenlige-storrelser/).
— 2014a. Umwelt Trajectories. Semiotica 198 (Special Issue on zoosemiotics, guest-edited by Timo Maran): 159–
180. Also published online, 15/2 2014 (DOI: 10.1515/sem-2013-0106).
— 2014b. The Semiotics of Animal Representations (Nature, Culture and Literature 10). Co-edited with Kadri
Tüür. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. ISBN: 978-90-420-3827-1, E-Book ISBN: 978-94-012-1072-0.
— 2014c. The semiotics of animal representations: Introduction. Co-written with Kadri Tüür. In Kadri Tüür and
Morten Tønnessen (eds), The Semiotics of Animal Representations (Nature, Culture and Literature 10),
Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, p. 7–30.
— 2014d. Statistikerens guide til utopia II: En demografisk analyse av øko-visjoner om befolkningsnedgang i det
tredje årtusen [The statistician's guide to utopia II: A demographic analysis of eco-visions of population decline in
the third milennium]. In the Festschrift Motmæle: En antologi til Kjersti Ericsson, Cecilie Høigård og Guri
Larsen [Speaking out: An anthology for Kjersti Ericsson, Cecilie Høigård and Guri Larsen] (eds Heidi Mork
Lomell and Liv Finstad), p. 435–453. Oslo: Novus forlag.
— 2014e. Menneskedyret og dets plass i verden [The human animal and its place in the world]. Published online
July 23rd 2014 in the blog of Minding Animals Norway, ResearchGate (DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3365.4402),
Academia.edu and Scribd.

 

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— 2014f, with Jonathan Beever. Beyond sentience: Biosemiotics as foundation for animal and environmental
ethics. In John Hadley and Elisa Aaltola (eds): Animal ethics and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 47–62.
— 2014g. The ontogeny of the embryonic, foetal and infant human umwelt. Sign Systems Studies 42 (2/3) (Special
Issue “Sign evolution on multiple time scales” guest-edited by Kristian Tylén and Luis Emilio Bruni): 281–307.
— 2015a. with Alexei Sharov and Timo Maran. Towards Synthesis of Biology and Semiotics. Editorial.
Biosemiotics 8(1): 1–7. Published online April 4th 2015 (DOI: 10.1007/s12304-015-9239-y).
— 2015b. The Biosemiotic Glossary Project: Agent, agency. Biosemiotics 8(1): 125-143. Published online January
21st 2015 (doi: 10.1007/s12304-015-9229-0), with Appendix (Supplementary Material available online).
— 2015c. Rune Ellefsen 2013. Med lov til å pine: Om bruk og beskyttelse av dyr. Oslo: Inspirator Forlag/Fritt
Forlag. Book review. Sosiologi i dag 45(1) (Special Issue on „Miljøsosiologi“ [Environmental sociology]): 98–103.
Online summary: http://ojs.novus.no/index.php/SID/article/view/955.
— 2015d. Introduction: The relevance of Uexküll's Umwelt theory today. In Carlo Brentari, Jakob von Uexküll:
The Discovery of the Umwelt Between Biosemiotics and Theoretical Biology (Biosemiotics 9). Springer, 1–20.
— 2015e. Uexküllian phenomenology. Chinese Semiotic Studies 11(3): 347–369. Published online August 7th
2015 (DOI: 10.1515/css-2015-0018).
— 2015f. Umwelt and language. In Ekaterina Velmezova, Stephen J. Cowley and Kalevi Kull, Kalevi (Eds.),
Biosemiotic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics (Biosemiotics 13) (Dordrecht: Springer), 77–96. Electronic
version: DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-20663-9_5. Available in Google Books.
— 2015g, with Alexei Sharov and Timo Maran. Organisms reshape sign relations. Editorial. Biosemiotics 8(3):
361–365. Published online October 16th (DOI 10.1007/s12304-015-9251-2).
— 2015h, with Kalevi Kull, Olga Bogdanova, Remo Gramigna, Ott Heinapuu, Eva Lepik, Kati Lindström, Riin
Magnus, Rauno Thomas Moss, Maarja Ojamaa, Tanel Pern, Priit Põhjala, Katre Pärn, Kristi Raudmäe, Tiit Remm,
Silvi Salupere, Renata Sõukand and Katre Väli. A hundred introductions to semiotics, for a million students:
Survey of semiotics textbooks and primers in the world. Sign Systems Studies 43(2/3): 281-346 (DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2015.43.2-3.0).
6B. Teaching
: 2001
: 2003
: 2007–2008

: 2009
: 2010
: 2011
: 2012

: 2013

 

Group teacher in ethics (grunnfagsstudenter), Institute for Philosophy, University of
Oslo. One term.
Facilitator of philosophical study group at Holmlia, Oslo municipality, consisting
of psychiatric patients under rehabilitation. About a dozen encounters.
Teacher, along with Riin Magnus and Paul McLaughlin, in the seminar
’Ecosemiotics and Ecophilosophy’, Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu
(autumn semester).
Lecturer in the history of philosophy as part (2/3) of the course Examen Philosophicum
(Ex.Phil.), University of Agder, autumn 2010 (c280 registered students).
Teacher for the text seminar in Philosophy in antiquity (‘Antikkens filosofi’), Department of
religion, history and philosophy, University of Agder (Norway), autumn (6 classes à 3 hours).
Teacher for the seminar ‘Semiotics and phenomenology’, Department of Semiotics, University of
Tartu, spring.
: Teacher (and course coordinator) in Examen Philosophicum, Department of Health
Studies/Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, spring. Part of internet-based
bachelor in nursing.
: Teacher (and course coordinator) in Examen Philosophicum, Department of Health
Studies/Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, autumn. Part of bachelor in nursing.
: Teacher for master course in theory of science, Department of Health Studies/Faculty of Social
Sciences, University of Stavanger, autumn.
: Teacher (and course coordinator) in Examen Philosophicum, Department of Health
Studies/Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, spring. Part of internet-based
bachelor in nursing.
: Teacher (and course coordinator) in Examen Philosophicum, Department of Health
Studies/Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, autumn. Part of bachelor in nursing.

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: 2014

: 2015

: 2015–2016

: 2016

: Teacher for master course in theory of science, Department of Health Studies/Faculty of Social
Sciences, University of Stavanger, autumn.
: Teacher (and course coordinator) in Examen Philosophicum, Department of Health
Studies/Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, spring. Part of internet-based
bachelor in nursing.
: Teacher (and course coordinator) in Examen Philosophicum, Department of Social
Studies/Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, autumn. Part of bachelors in social
work/child welfare.
: Course coordinator for bachelor thesis in child welfare, Department of Social Studies/Faculty of
Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, spring.
: Teacher in Examen Philosophicum, Department of Social Studies/Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Stavanger, autumn (seminars).
: Teacher in Examen Philosophicum, UiS Business School/Faculty of Social Sciences, University
of Stavanger, autumn (lectures and seminars).
: Teacher and course coordinator for the master course “Philosophy of Science and Health Care
Ethics”, UiS EVU, University of Stavanger, autumn 2015 to spring 2016. Part of the master
programme Pre-Hospital Critical Care (PHCC).
: Course coordinator for bachelor thesis in child welfare, Department of Social Studies/Faculty of
Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, spring.

6C. Conference Presentations etc.
: 2001 Jakob von Uexküll og Øyets Verden [Jakob von Uexküll and the World of the Eye]. Blikket (Oslo,
Norway, April 21), arranged by Filosofisk prosjektsenter.
: 2002 Umwelt ethics (June 16). 2nd Annual International Gathering in Biosemiotics (Tartu, Estonia, June 14–
17).
: 2005 Fundamentals of modern ethics (October 28). Väärtused ja konfliktid [Environmental ethics – Values and
conflicts] (Tartu, Estonia, October 28–29).
: 2007 : Where I End and You Begin: The Threshold of the Self and the Intrinsic Value of the Phenomenal World
(June 13). 9th World Congress of Semiotics (Helsinki/Imatra, Finland, June 11–17).
: Umwelt transition and the Umwelten of domesticated animals (June 8). 7th Annual International
Gathering in Biosemiotics (Groningen, The Netherlands, June 6–9).
: Umwelt transition: Uexküllian phenomenology (November 9). Finnish-Estonian Semiotics Seminar
’Currents in European semiotics’ (Tartu, Estonia, November 7–10).
: 2008 Environmental problems in light of Gabriel Marcel´s distinction problem/mystery. What’s wrong with
nature? An interdisciplinary seminar investigating human perceptions of nature and environmental
change (Tartu, Estonia, January 25–26).
: 2009 : Wolf Land: The Phenomenal World of Wolves on the Scandinavian Peninsula (February 7). Presentation
at the workshop The Ecology of Perception: Landscapes in Culture and Nature (Tartu, Estonia, February
6–7).
: Steps to a Semiotics of Being (February 10). Presentation at the workshop Animal Minds (Tartu, Estonia,
February 9–10).
: The Nature View Held by Environmentalists: Attitudes in the Norwegian Environmental
Establishment (March 11). Poster presentation at the IARU congress Climate Change: Global Risks,
Challenges and Decisions (Copenhagen, Denmark, March 10–12); session 57: Culture, Values and World
Perspectives as Factors in Responding to Climate Change.
: On Contrapuntuality: Semiotic Niche vs. Ontological Niche: the Case of the Scandinavian Wolf
Population (July 3). Presentation at 9th Annual International Gathering in Biosemiotics (Prague, The
Czech Republic, June 30–July 4), hosted by Department of Philosophy and History of Science of Charles
University in collaboration with the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies.
: Estranged, Endangered, Extinct: Lessons from the Extinction of the Scandinavian Wolf (August 5).
Presentation at First World Congress on Environmental History (Copenhagen, Denmark, August 4–8),

 

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hosted by The International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO) and Roskilde
University/Malmö University; session 3.3: Using and abusing wild animals: Terrestrial and aquatic case
studies, chaired by Poul Holm.
: The Changing Imagery of the Big Bad Wolf (September 25). Presentation at the 10th World Congress of
Semiotics/X Congreso Mundial de Semiótica (A Coruña, Spain, September 22–26), organized by
Asociación española de semiótica and IASS-AIS; in the session Semiótica de la cultura 1/Semiotics of
culture 1, chaired by José Enrique Finol and Peeter Torop.
: Mapping Human Impact: Ecological Footprint vs. Ontological Niche (October 22). Poster presentation at
the second CECT (Center of Excellence in Cultural Theory) autumn conference, Spatiality, Memory and
Visualisation of Culture/Nature Relationships / Ruum, Mälu ja Ilme Looduskultuuris: Teooriast (Tallinn,
Estonia,
October
22–24).
Poster
available
online
at
http://www.ut.ee/CECT/image/CECT_II_Postrid/Morten_T.pdf.
: 2010 : The Legality and Ethical Legitimacy of Wolf Hunting in Scandinavia (May 11). Presentation at the 52nd
research seminar of the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology (Hønefoss, Norway, May 10–
12).
: We the Living: The Reception of Uexküll in Norwegian Ecophilosophy (June 25). Presentation at the
10th Annual International Gathering in Biosemiotics (Braga, Portugal, June 22–27).
: Semiotics of Being and Uexküllian Phenomenology (August 11th). Presentation at the 60th International
Congress of Phenomenology (Bergen, Norway, August 10–13), arranged under the auspices of The World
Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and Learning.
: En økosemiotisk analyse av norsk ulveforvaltning [An ecosemiotic analysis of Norwegian wolf
management] (November 17). Presentation at the annual research seminar of SKANDULV (the
Scandinavian wolf project), (Strömsberg, Sweden, November 15–17).
: 2011 : Bad dog: An Uexküllian analysis of Norwegian Wolf Management. Invited presentation (February 19)
at the international collaborative workshop The History, Philosophy and Future of Ethology (Sydney,
Australia, February 19–21), Macquarie University.
: The Umwelt Trajectories of Wolves, Sheep and People. Presentation (April 6) at the international
conference Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations (Tartu, Estonia, April 4–8).
: Perception and the Levels of Biosemiosis. Presentation (May 6) at the Seventh Conference of the Nordic
Association for Semiotic Studies (Lund, Sweden, May 6–8).
: Integrated Biological Individualism and the Primacy of the Individual Level of Biological Organization.
Presentation (June 25) at the 11th Annual International Gathering in Biosemiotics (New York, USA, June
21–26).
: Wolf history: Agents in Hiding. Presentation (June 30) at the 6th conference of the European Society for
Environmental History (Turku, Finland, June 28–July 2), partaking in the session “Animal agency and
environmental history – three different approaches to Nordic wolves”.
: Two Global Species and Their Age-Old Foe: The Semiotic Eth(n)ology of Wolves, Sheep and People.
Invited keynote speech (October 18) at the international workshop Zoo-Ethnographies (Uppsala, Sweden,
October 17–18).
: Offisiell og ’uoffisiell’ rovviltforvaltning i Norge sett med et humanøkologisk blikk: Hva er motivene og
handlingene? [Official and ’unofficial’ predator management in Norway seen from the perspective of
human ecology: What are the motifs and actions?]. Invited presentation (November 1) at Nasjonal
konferanse om rovvilt, beitedyr og samfunn [National conference on predators, grazing animals and
society] (Hamar, Norway, October 30―November 1).
: 2012 : Animals craving for meaning in the Anthropocene – a perspective on the global semiocide. Presentation
(May 29th) at the international workshop The Rhetoric of Human-Animal Relations (Oslo, Norway, May
29–30, 2012).
: The contemporary symbolic construction of Norway's big bad wolf. Presentation (July 4th) at Minding
Animals 2: Building Bridges between Science, the Humanities and Ethics (Utrecht, the Netherlands, July
4–6, 2012).
: Biosemiotics and animal ethics. Presentation (July 4th) at Minding Animals 2: Building Bridges between
Science, the Humanities and Ethics (Utrecht, the Netherlands, July 4–6, 2012).

 

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: In the gaze of the other: Describing cultural affordances by conducting comparative Umwelt mapping in
animal studies. Presentation at the pre-conference seminar "Biosemiotics and the study of culture" (Tartu,
Estonia, July 16th 2012).
: A foray into the hinterland of language: In search of the dark matter of our enlightened worlds.
Presentation at the international pre-conference seminar Language and Life (Tartu, Estonia, July 17,
2012).
: On the notion of induced semiosis, with emphasis on anthropogenic semiosis. Presentation (July 21st) at
Gatherings in biosemiotics 12 (Tartu, Estonia, July 17–22, 2012).
: Beyond the anthropocentric (aka linguistic) mistake: Languaging as if nature mattered. Presentation
(September 13th) at 1st International Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition (Odense,
Denmark, September 12–14, 2012).
: 2013 : Introducing Uexküllian phenomenology. 11th Annual Meeting of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology
(Copenhagen, Denmark, April 18–20 2013).
: The ontogeny of the embryonic, fetal and infant human Umwelt. Eighth Conference of the Nordic
Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS): Sign Evolution on Multiple Time Scales (Aarhus, Denmark –
May 29–31 2013).
: Uexküll in translation: “Darwin and the English Morality”. Gatherings in Biosemiotics 13 (Castiglioncelli
– Livorno, Italy, June 4–8, 2013).
: Hva er natur i en verden uten villmark? Dyreetikkonferansen 2013: Dyrs natur under press – hvordan vi
former ville dyr i vårt bilde (Oslo - Norway, August 22, 2013).
: Animal and Eve: How representations of wolves and sheep are used to construct human identities.
International workshop: "Humanimals: Examining Histories and Productions of Animal-Human
Relationships" (Oslo, September 26–27, 2013).
: Plans for field work on predator-prey conflicts in Norway involving video-recorded interviews followed
by pico-scale analysis. Seminar on methodology of ecosemiotics (Tartu, Estonia – November 28–29,
2013).
: 2014 : Animals qua sentient beings vs. animals qua resources: A critical reading of the mentions of animals in
Norwegian political party programs. Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning –
EASLCE (Tartu, Estonia, April 29th – May 3rd 2014).
: Codes and interpretation in perception. 1st International Conference in Code Biology (Paris, France, May
21–23 2014).
: If a lion could talk... Wittgenstein and Uexküllian phenomenology. 5th Symposium of the Nordic
Wittgenstein Society, "Wittgenstein and Phenomenology" (University of Stavanger, Norway, May 30–31
2014).
: Descartes’ dualisms and the epistemology of biosemiotics. Gatherings in Biosemiotics 14 (London, June
30 – July 4, 2014).
: Introducing biosemiotic ethics. 12th World Congress of Semiotics (Sofia, Bulgaria, September 16–20th
2014).
: Will the agents of nature please rise: What is agency? First International Association for Cognitive
Semiotics (IACS) Conference (Lund, Sweden, September 25–27, 2014).
: 2015 : What is animal agency? Minding Animals 3 (Delhi, India, January 13–20, 2015).
: Mentions of animals in Norwegian political party programs. Minding Animals 3 (Delhi, India, January
13–20, 2015).
: Umwelt codes exemplified by Umwelt alignment in corvids. 2nd International Conference in Code
Biology (Jena, Germany, June 16–20, 2015).
: The ontogeny of precocial vs. altricial Umwelten. 15th International Gathering in Biosemiotics
(Copenhagen, Denmark, June 30 – July 4, 2015).
: Agency in biosemiotics and enactivism. NASS IX: Semiotic (un-)predictability (Tartu, Estonia, August
17–20th 2015).

 

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: The future Umwelten of wolves, sheep and people in Scandinavia. NASS IX: Semiotic (un)predictability (Tartu, Estonia, August 17–20th 2015).
: With Paul Thibault; presented by Laura Kiiroja: Human Perceptions of Wolves and other Animals in
Contemporary Norway. Animals in the Anthropocene – Human-animal relations in a changing
semiosphere (Stavanger, Norway, September 17–19 2015).
: Biosemiotisk synvinkel på CCS. Concluding symposium for Centre for cognitive semiotics - "Hur
människan blev ett så annorlunda djur" (Lund University, Sweden, December 17th 2015).
6D. Talks Given in Regular Seminars (In Selection)
: 2001 Norra ökofilosoofiast [Norwegian Ecophilosophy]. Seminar looduse semiootikast [Seminar
on
semiotics of nature], Tartu, January 18th.
: 2005 A dissonance in the symphony of nature: Lessons in social ontology. Tartu semiootika seminar [doctoral
seminar in semiotics], Tartu, October 31st.
: 2007 : Animal play. Zoosemiotics (English language), Tartu, February 1st.
: Muki`s play. Animal play in its relation to (a)symmetric communication and (im)moral
behaviour. Eriseminar [Supervision seminar], Tartu, March 1st.
: The phenomenal world: From Plato to Uexküll and beyond. Doctoral seminar in philosophy, Tartu,
June 1st 2007.
: On the self, relational being and the philosophy of Gabriel Marcel. Eero Tarasti’s seminar on
Existential semiotics, Helsinki, November 11th.
: Zoosemiotics review. Eriseminar [Supervision seminar], Tartu, December.
: 2009 Expanding horizons: Interdisciplinary integration. Presentation (December 4) in the seminar Methodology
in the humanities, headed by Peeter Torop (Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu).
: 2010 : Territory vs. confinement: The Umwelten of free-range vs. captive wolves. Presentation at Research
Seminar in Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations, Department of Semiotics, Tartu April 2.
: More-than-human needs: The needs of the living. Lecture (April 5) in Riin Magnus’ seminar in
Ecosemiotics (Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu).
: Ulovlig jakt på ulv [Illegal wolf hunting]. Presentation in the seminar series Kriminalpolitisk seminar;
opponent: Professor Emeritus in criminology Nils Christie (Oslo, Norway, November 11).
: The nature view and worldview of People in Rendalen municipality in the region of Hedmark.
Presentation at 2nd Research Seminar in Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations, Department of
Semiotics, Tartu, November 28.
: 2011 : Det menneskeskapte økologiske hierarki [The human-made ecological hierarchy]. Guest lecture in the
seminar Økologisk-global kriminologi, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of
Oslo, October 19.
: The cultural semiotic of wolves and sheep. Presentation at 3rd Research Seminar in Zoosemiotics and
Animal Representations, Department of Semiotics, Tartu, October 25.
: 2012 : Den globale arten sett i lys av Umwelt-etikken [The global species seen in light of the Umwelt ethics].
Presentation at Minding Animals Norges forskningsseminar 2012: Dyr, menneske og mat: Dyreetikk i
landbruket [Minding Animals Norway’s research seminar 2012: Animal, human and food: Animal ethics
in agriculture] (Oslo, Norway, September 22, 2012).
: Det menneskeskapte økologiske hierarki [The human-made ecological hierarchy]. Guest lecture in the
seminar Økologisk-global kriminologi, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of
Oslo, October 31.
: 2013 : Ordvalg – en kritisk lesning av omtalen av dyr i norske partiprogrammer. 3rd Research Seminar of
Minding Animals Norway (Oslo, August 23 2013).
: Menneskeveldet – menneskets globale økologiske hierarki [The human empire – mankind´s global
ecological hierarchy]. Guest lecture in the seminar Økologisk-global kriminologi, Department of
Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, October 23.
: The ontogeny of the embryonic, fetal and infant human Umwelt. The research seminar of Centre for

 

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Cognitive Semiotics (Lund, Sweden, October 24 2013).
: The symbolic construction of the Big Bad Wolf in contemporary Scandinavia. 1st Norwegian research
seminar of the research project "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic
analysis" (Stavanger, Norway – December 13th 2013).
: 2014 : Øko-eksistensialisme og dyrs dødelighet: Et forsvar for et mer inkluderende begrep om dødelighet. 4th
research seminar of Minding Animals Norway (Oslo, September 5 2014).
: Animal agency in politics and eco-existentialism. 2nd research seminar of "Animals in changing
environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis" (Stavanger, Norway, October 14, 2014).
: 2015 : Menneskeveldet – menneskets globale økologiske hierarki [The human empire – mankind´s global
ecological hierarchy]. Guest lecture in the seminar Økologisk-global kriminologi, Department of
Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, February 11.
: With Paul Thibault: Human Perceptions of Wolves and other Animals in Kristiansand, Kautokeino and
Rendalen. 3rd research seminar of "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic
analysis" (Stavanger, Norway, June 5, 2015).
: Mor og barn-relasjoner hos ulv og andre rovpattedyr, og hvordan disse (ikke) tas hensyn til. 5th research
seminar of Minding Animals Norway (NMBU, Ås, December 5th 2015).
6E. Organizing of Academic Conferences and Workshops
: 2008 Co-organizer of What’s wrong with nature? An interdisciplinary seminar investigating human
perceptions of nature and environmental change, Tartu – January 25–26. Foreign presenters: Alan Costall,
Nils Lindahl-Elliot, Kurt Jax, Otto Lehto, Ville Lähde. Formally arranged by Jakob von Uexküll Center
(Estonian Naturalists’ Society) in cooperation with Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics (University of
Tartu).
: 2009 : Main Organizer of the workshop The Ecology of Perception: Landscapes in Culture and
Nature,
Tartu – February 6–7. Presenters: David Abram, Kalevi Kull, Kati Lindström, M.T., Wendy Wheeler.
Organized as part of the research project "The Cultural Heritage of Environmental Spaces" (see below) in
cooperation with the project "Neolithisation and Modernisation: Landscape History on the East Asian
Inland Seas" (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto).
: Main Organizer of the workshop Animal Minds, Tartu – February 9–10. Presenters: David Abram, John
Deely, Timo Maran, M.T., Wendy Wheeler. Organized by the research project "Dynamical zoosemiotics
and animal representations" (see below); sponsored by Estonian Green Party MP Toomas Trapido.
: 2011 : Member of the organizing team of the international conference Zoosemiotics and Animal
Representations (along with Timo Maran, Jelena Grigorjeva, Kadri Tüür, Silver Rattasepp and Nelly
Mäekivi), arranged in Tartu, Estonia, April 4–8, 2011. Invited plenary speakers: Colin Allen, Jesper
Hoffmeyer, Graham Huggan, David Rothenberg.
: Member of the organizing team of the Oslo Minding Animals Pre-Conference Lecture event Shared
Worlds (along with Rhys Evans and Rune Ellefsen), arranged in Oslo October 14–15, 2011. Formally
arranged under the auspices of Minding Animals International in association with Nordic HAS.
: 2012 : Member of the organizing team of Arne i 100, which commemorated the 100th year anniversary of
philosopher Arne Næss (1912–2009) January 27th 2011 in the university aula, Oslo. Attended by 5-600
people.
: Member of the planning committee of the workshop the Variations of Animal Agency: Animal Agents in
the North, arranged in Turku, Finland April 12–13 at Åbo Akademi University, with the aim of producing
a project plan and chart funding possibilities for a new Nordic research project on this theme. Other
members: Karin Dirke, Laura Hollsten and Jukka Nyyssönen.
: Co-founder of the conference series Dyreetikkonferansen [The Norwegian animal ethics conference].
: Member of the organizing team of Dyreetikkonferansen 2012: Dyret bak maten og mennesket bak
forbrukeren [The national conference on animal ethics 2012: The animal behind the food, the human
behind the consumer], arranged in Oslo September 21 by The Council for Animal Ethics, Centre for
Development and the Environment (University of Oslo) and Minding Animals Norway. Attended by
approximately 150 people.
: Organiser of 2nd Research Seminar of Minding Animals Norway (Oslo, September 22, 2012)

 

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: 2013 : Coordinator of the scientific workshop Agency in health care: Phenomenology and experience,
University of Stavanger, April 15.
: Member of the organizing team of Dyreetikkonferansen 2013: Hvem er villest i landet her? [The national
conference on animal ethics 2013: Who is the wildest in the country here?], August 22, Litteraturhuset,
Oslo.
: Organiser of 3rd Research Seminar of Minding Animals Norway (Oslo, August 23 2013)
: Organiser of 1st Norwegian research seminar of the research project "Animals in changing
environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis" (University of Stavanger, Norway – December
13th 2013)
: 2014 : Member of the organizing team of Dyreetikkonferansen [The Norwegian animal ethics conference]
2014: Fiskelykke [fish happiness], Trondheim.
: Organiser of 4th research seminar of Minding Animals Norway (Oslo, September 5, 2014)
: Organiser of 2nd research seminar of "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and
semiotic analysis" (University of Stavanger, Norway, October 14, 2014)
: 2015 : Organiser of 3rd research seminar of "Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and
semiotic analysis" (University of Stavanger, Norway, June 5, 2015)
: Member of the organizing team of Dyreetikkonferansen [The Norwegian animal ethics conference] 2015,
Oslo.
: Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the international conference Animals in the Anthropocene:
Human-animal relations in a changing semiosphere, arranged at University of Stavanger September 17–
19. Six keynote speakers and one invited speaker. Co-organised by Minding Animals Norway.
6F. Chairing of sessions at academic conferences and workshops
: 2009 : At the workshop The Ecology of Perception: Landscapes in Culture and Nature, Tartu, February 6-7.
: At the workshop Animal Minds, Tartu, February 9-10.
: 2010 : At the 10th Annual International Gathering in Biosemiotics (June 25), Braga (Portugal), June 22-27.
: 2011 : Of the roundtable Futures of Zoosemiotics (April 6), at Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations, Tartu,
April 4-8
: Of the roundtable The Shared Worlds of Wolves and People (October 14), at the Oslo Minding Animals
Pre-Conference Lecture event Shared worlds, October 14-15
: 2012 : Scribe for the roundtable Animals & Philosophy (July 4th) at Minding Animals 2: Building Bridges
between Science, the Humanities and Ethics, Utrecht, July 4-6
: Of the session Animals in Literature VI (July 6) at Minding Animals 2: Building Bridges between
Science, the Humanities and Ethics, Utrecht, July 4-6
: Of Dyreetikkonferansen 2012: Dyret bak maten og mennesket bak forbrukeren [The national conference
on animal ethics 2012: The animal behind the food, the human behind the consumer], Oslo, September 21
(after lunch)
: 2013-15: to be updated
6G. Participation in Research Projects
: 2007–2009
Partaking in the research project Methods of Biosemiotics, headed by Kalevi Kull, starting July
1st 2007; Estonian Science Foundation ETF/EST grant no. 6669.
: 2008–2010
Main researcher in the research project The Cultural Heritage of Environmental Spaces: A
Comparative Analysis between Estonia and Norway; grant no. EEA–ETF Grant EMP 54 (until
September 30, 2010).
: 2008–2011
Personnel in the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT) semiotics research group
'Meaning-generation and transdisciplinary methodology of semiotic analysis of culture'.
: 2009–2010
Research assistant of the Norwegian research project Multimodalitet, Leseopplæring og
Læremidler, University of Agder (until September 15, 2010).
: 2009–2013
A main researcher in the research project Dynamical Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations;

 

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: 2010-2011
: 2013-2016

Estonian Science Foundation ETF/EST grant no. 7790.
Senior personnel in the research project Biosemiotic Models of Semiosis; Estonian Science
Foundation ETF/EST grant no. 8403.
Project Leader (in Norway) for the Norwegian-Estonian research project „Animals in changing
environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis“ (EEA Norway Grants EMP151)

6H. Further Academic Engagements
: 2000–2002
Co-founder of Ecophilosophical colloqium (University of Oslo); participating
actively.
: c. 2001, 2003 Organizer of public talks by Arne Næss, Oslo.
: 2007–
Member of International Society for Biosemiotic Studies.
: 2009
Organizer of public lecture by David Abram, Tartu.
: 2009–
Member of Nordic Society for Phenomenology.
: 2009
Co-founder of Filosofisk Forum (Agder University); member of steering group (styringsgruppe).
: 2010–
Member of Nordic HAS (The Nordic Animal Studies Network).
: 2011
Co-founder of Minding Animals Norway.
Co-founder of the NGO „Arne i 100“.
: 2011–
Member of Concerned Scientists Norway.
: 2012
Co-founder of International Society of Code Biology (ISCB)
: 2013
Member of the Scientific Committee of the conference „Eight Conference of the nordic
Association for Semiotic Studies: Sign Evolution on Multiple Time Scales” (Aarhus, Denmark,
May 29th–31st, 2013)
: 2014
Member of the Scientific Committee of the conference First International Association for
Cognitive Semiotics (IACS) Conference (Lund, Sweden, September 25–27th 2014).
: 2015
to be updated
6I. Research Fields and Interests
Current research fields
: Biosemiotics, ecosemiotics, zoosemiotics
: Climate change (esp. CCS; ethics of; politics of)
: Domestication, early human history
: Ecophilosophy, env. philosophy, env. ethics
: Human-animal Studies
: Ontology, epistemology
: Phenomenology (esp. eco-)
: Philosophy of science (esp. ph. of biology)
: Wildlife management (esp. wolf management)

Further academic interests
: Demography
: Economy (esp. historical, and future)
: Existentialism
: Political philosophy
: Semiotics of culture, cultural studies
: Semioethics; existential semiotics

7. Writing, Editing etc.
A. Books
As author:

As translator:

 

: Tønnessen, Morten 2008. Tidsvitne: Jens L. Seips livshistorie fortalt til Morten Tønnessen
[Time Witness: The life story of Jens L. Seip told to Morten Tønnessen]. Produced and
distributed by Kolofon forlag, Oslo. 252 pp.
: MV Bill & Celso Athayde 2010. Kongen på haugen: På innsiden av Brasils
narkogjenger [The king on the hill: Inside Brazil’s drug gangs]. Translated from Portuguese
(Falcão: Meninos do tráfico, Rio de Janeiro 2006: Objetiva) to Norwegian by Helena da SilvaTønnessen and Morten Tønnessen. Oslo: Livro Forlag. 158 pp.

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B. Editorial Work
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Biosemiotics (published by Springer), contracted, 2013–2018.
Co-editor of three book volumes – cf. Tønnessen 2012b, 2013b, 2014b in the bibliography (6A. Academic
publications).
Member of the Editorial Board of the academic journal Biosemiotics, 2010–; Associate editor of TRACE ∴
Finnish Journal for Human-Animal Studies 2014–; Member of the Associate Editorial Collective of the journal
Politics and Animals 2014–; Eikon – Journal on Semiotics and Visual Culture 2015–
Peer-reviews (academic publications) conducted for Sign Systems Studies (Tartu University Press) 2009, 2010,
2011, 2014, for Biosemiotics 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; for Semiotica 2011, for New formations 2012, for
Environmental Humanities 2012, for post-Minding Animals 2 publications (3 journals, abstract review) 2013, for
Environmental Philosophy 2014, for Public Journal of Semiotics 2014, for Sosiologi idag 2014, for Springer (book
proposals) 2014, for Establishing Cognitive Semiotics (book) 2015.
Peer-reviews (research applications) conducted for Czech Science Foundation 2012, 2013, 2014
Guest editor, along with Kati Lindström, of a special issue of Biosemiotics (Springer), vol. 3, no. 3 (December
2010), entitled Semiotics of Perception. 136 pp. Contributors: David Abram, Kalevi Kull, Kati Lindström, Kati
Lindström and Morten Tønnessen, Timo Maran, Renata Sõukand and Raivo Kalle, Morten Tønnessen, Wendy
Wheeler, Ane Faugstad Aarø.
Guest editor, along with Nelly Mäekivi and Riin Magnus, of a special issue of Hortus Semioticus (no. 6 – August
2010), entitled Semiotics of Nature. Tartu 2010. 106 pp. Contributors: Svitlana Biedarieva; Sara Cannizzaro; Remo
Gramigma; John Haglund and Johan Blomberg; Kaie Kotov; Riin Magnus and Morten Tønnessen; Patrick Masius;
Nelly Mäekivi, Riin Magnus and Morten Tønnessen; Silver Rattasepp; Arlene Tucker. Available online
(http://www.ut.ee/hortussemioticus/).
Editor of NGO publications etc., c. 1992–2002 (in selection):
: Grønn Kontakt (Miljøpartiet De Grønne)
: KNUS (Kristiansand Natur og Ungdom)
: Vegetarnytt (Norsk Vegetarforening)
: Væren-på-Blindern – Filosofistudentenes blad
Member of the Editorial Board of the NGO publication Natur og Samfunn (Natur og Ungdom), c1995–97.
C. Texts Written for Newspapers and Magazines
: Freelance
: I have conducted freelance work in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro/São Paulo), the Czech Republic
(Prague), Estonia (Tartu/Tallinn), Latvia (Riga) and Norway – and published in Norwegian as
well as in English.
Freelance journalism for:
: City Paper (Baltic magazine)
: Journalisten (Norwegian magazine)
: Klassekampen (Norwegian daily)
: Ny Tid (Norwegian weekly)
: Ren Mat (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: Ukebrevet Mandag Morgen (Norwegian weekly)
: ZOBB Magasin (Norwegian magazine)
Writing for/in:
: Adresseavisa (Norwegian regional daily)

 

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: Aftenposten (Norwegian national daily)
: Antirasisten (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: Bonde og Småbruker (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: Dagbladet (Norwegian national daily)
: Dagens Næringsliv (Norwegian national daily)
: Estlands-Nytt (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: Filologen (Norwegian NGO/student magazine)
: Friliberaleren (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: Fædrelandsvennen (Norwegian regional daily)
: Grønn Kontakt (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: Morgenbladet (Norwegian national weekly)
: Nationen (Norwegian national daily)
: Natur og Samfunn (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: NfNU (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: Ny Tid (Norwegian national weekly)
: Putsj (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: Roheline Värv [Green Gate] (Estonian NGO magazine)
: Sirp – Estonia (Estonian national weekly)
: Vegetarnytt (Norwegian NGO magazine)
: VG
: Vårt Land (Norwegian national daily)
: Petitist for the Norwegian daily Klassekampen 2003–2006
D. Blogs
: Utopisk Realisme
: Utopian Realism

Political blog (in Norwegian), 2009–
Academic blog (in English), 2009–

http://utopiskrealisme.blogspot.com
http://utopianrealism.blogspot.com

8. Filmography
Extra

1999

Text contribution
Acting as myself

2003
2004

Interview
Field work recordings

2013
2014

: In two Bollywood feature films – Biwi No. 1 and an Indian
remake of Titanic.
: To the Norwegian feature film Play.
: Sofisten (The Sophist). Short documentary, directed by Kikki Engelbrektson.
Vipro Produksjoner.
: Sårbar [Vulnerable]. Video installation by artist Anne Helen Robberstad.
: Excerpts of my video clip “Wolf play” (2010) were featured in a documentary
series that aired on Discovery Channel Spring 2014. Appears in episode 7 of the
series Deadly dilemmas, produced by October Films (series producer: Paul
Connolly).

9. Voluntary Work etc.
A. Elected Positions (in Selection)
As an activist: c. 1991–1998: I have been elected to positions as leader of the board, secretary,
accountant, member of the board etc. in local branches of several
Norwegian NGOs, including: Miljøpartiet De Grønne [The Green

 

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As a student:

2015–
2001:

Party of Norway], Natur og Ungdom, SOS Rasisme and Ungdom
mot EU. I’ve further had elected positions partaking in the annual
high-school charity campaign Operasjon Dagsverk and the political
campaign Fellesaksjonen mot gasskraftverk.
Deputy chairman of The Green Party in Kristiansand
Member, at Institute of Philosophy, University of Oslo, of
Fagutvalget (‘The Academic Committee’ – the student body),
Fagrådet (‘The Academic Council’) and Bibliotekskomiteen (‘The
Library Committee’).

Recent and current commitments:
2011–2012
: Norway’s Alternative Representative in Minding Animals International’s
Board of Directors
2011–2013
: Member of the board of “Arne i 100” (and webmaster – http://arnei100.no)
2011–
: Chair of Minding Animals Norway
: Secretary of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS)
: Norway’s Ordinary Representative in NASS
: Representing NASS (along with Luis Emilio Bruni) in the International
Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS)
2012–2013
: Norway’s Representative in Minding Animals International’s Board of
Directors
2012–2013
: Member of the board of University of Stavanger
2012–
: Member of the Governing Board of International Society of Code Biology
(ISCB)
2013–
: Minding Animals International Europe and Africa National Groups Convenor
2013–2017
: 2nd Deputy Member of the board of University of Stavanger
2015–
Member of the University of Stavanger´s Working group for ethical trading
2015–2016
Member of election committee for Vest-Agder MDG
2015–2016
Deputy leader of Kristiansand MDG
2015–2019
6th deputy member of MDG´s city council group
2015–2019
3rd deputy member of til Valg- og honorarkomiteen, Kristiansand municipality
2015–2019
2nd deputy member of Valgstyret, Kristiansand municipality
2015–2019
1st deputy member of Rådsforsamlingen of Cultiva
2015–2019
3rd deputy member of eiermøtet for Agder Energi
2015–2019
1st deputy member of forstanderskapet for Sparebanken Sør
2015–2019
1st deputy member of representantskapet of Konsesjonskraft
2015–2019
Vest-Agder county´s representative in Samarbeidende Kraftfylke (Kraftfylka)
B. Further Voluntary Engagements (in Selection)
: c. 1992–2003 Participating at national general assemblies etc. of various Norwegian NGOs,
including Forum for Utvikling og Miljø, Miljøpartiet De Grønne, Natur og Ungdom
and SOS Rasisme.
: 1998
A founding member of Fellesaksjonen mot gasskraftverk [The joint campaign against
natural gas powered electric plants], Norway.
: 1999
3 months working as a volunteer at Schumacher College (UK).
:
Organizer/co-organizer of several public meetings, debates, political campaigns,
direct actions etc, first of all in Norway.

10. Awards, Grants etc.
As an activist:

 

c. 1995

: Vest-Agder fylkeskommunes miljøpris (The Environmental Award of VestAgder Region, Norway). Awarded to the NGO Kristiansand Natur og Ungdom,

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As a writer:

2006

As a researcher: 2007–2008

2008–2010

2009
2010–2011

for which I was the chair. 20.000 NOK.
: Grant from The Freedom of Speech Foundation, Norway (Stiftelsen Fritt Ord),
for preparing and developing my debate book Utslippsfrie nye verden?
[Emission-free new world?]. 50.000 NOK.
: Monthly stipend from the research project Biosemiootika Meetodid,
September 2007 to April 2008, for writing the article ’Umwelt Transitions’.
3.500–4.500 EEK/month.
: Monthly stipend from the research project The Cultural Heritage
of Environmental Spaces, starting May 2008, until September
2010. 6.000 EEK/month.
: Monthly stipend from the research project Biosemiootika Meetodid, March to
December 2009. 2.500 EEK/month.
: Monthly Estonian state grant (as PhD student), starting October 2010. 6.000
EEK/month.

11. Further online sources
Academic activity
University of Stavanger: http://www.uis.no/om-uis/kontakt-oss/finn-ansatt/toennessen-morten-article7445411198.html
Academic (b)log: http://utopianrealism.blogspot.no (in English)
Current Research Information System in Norway (CRIStin):
http://www.cristin.no/as/WebObjects/cristin.woa/wa/personVis?type=PERSON&pnr=329914&la=no&instnr=217
Estonian Research Portal: https://www.etis.ee/portaal/isikuCV.aspx?PersonVID=55544&lang=en
Google Scholar (public, verified profile): https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RCBb6dMAAAAJ&hl=no
Academia.edu: https://stavanger.academia.edu/MortenTønnessen
ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Morten_Tonnessen
Miscellaneous
Blog: http://utopiskrealisme.blogspot.no (political blog, in Norwegian)
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/morten-tønnessen/1b/83a/353
Scribd (various texts): https://www.scribd.com/Morten%20T
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sporfilosofen
Music: Artist alias “The Schopenhauer Experience” (https://sporfilosofen.wordpress.com/the-schopenhauerexperience/)
Updated January 27th 2016

 

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