New publication on regulation of Dutch commons

René van Weeren and  Tine de Moor jointly published an article in the Agricultural History Review. In this article, the authors focus on the ways in which Dutch commoners in the early modern period sought to guarantee the resilience and longevity of their commons. To this purpose, the authors analyzed the historical regulations of the commons (which have been laid down over centuries in the so-called markenboeken), by looking at the design of regulations against unauthorized use, the interaction of those rules with internal and external developments, and the effect that various forms of penalty may have had on the behaviour of commoners. Click here for the article

Tine De Moor new President of The International Association for the Study of the Commons

Recently, Tine de Moor was installed as the new President of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). On January 15, she took over the tasks of Immediate Past-President Leticia Merino. Tine De Moor currently is Professor of Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective at Utrecht University. She has been involved in organizing the first European IASC-meeting in Brescia (2006) and has been a member of the IASC Executive Council from 2008 onwards. Together with Erling Berge she was the co-founder and (until July 2008) editor of the International Journal of the Commons. Click here for more info

Call for papers 'Von der Allmende zur Share Economy [From the commons to a share-economy'] - deadline 31 March 2015

The editors of the 15th volume of the German 'Kritische Reihe' series, Malte Gruber (J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main) and Daniel Schläppi (Berne University), welcome paper proposals for this volume, entitled 'Von der Allmende zur Share Economy. Gemeinbesitz und kollektive Ressourcen in historischer und rechtlicher Perspektive [From the commons to the share-economy. Common-property and common-pool resources in hitsorical and legal perspective]', which will be published in Fall 2015. In accordance with the objective of the 'Kritische Reihe' Series, the editors would like to combine empirical case studies with theoretical views from various disciplines on historical, cultural, and legal issues of commons, common-property, common-pool resources, and the share-economy. The composition process of this volume will also comprise a workshop, to be held in Frankfurt/Main, 3-4 July 2015, Paper proposals, including an abstract and a short bibliography are due by 31 March 2015. Click here for Call for papers [in German]

Call for abstracts on ‘Accountable commons’, EURHO Rural History Conference 2015 (Girona, 7-10 September 2015) – deadline 31 January 2015

The EURHO Rural History Conference 2015 will take place from 7-10 September 2015 in Girona, Spain, and will be jointly hosted by the Spanish Agricultural History Society (SEHA) and the Rural History Research Centre of the University of Girona (CRHR). The EURHO conference is an invaluable opportunity to present and know the current research stage in different thematic and chronological areas of rural history, a branch of historical knowledge where teamwork, the comparative perspective and interdisciplinary dialogue have a long tradition. The Call for abstracts (max. 1,000 words) has opened on 1 December 2014 and will close on 31 January 2015. Especially we would like to draw your attention to Panel # 28, ‘Accountable commons. Rural communities and accounting records in historical perspective’, organized by affiliated researcher Josemiguel Lana (Public University of Navarra, Pamplona) and Allessandra Burgarelli (University of Naples Federico II), which panel will focus on research possibilities on commons’ accounting records. > Call for papers Panel ‘Accountable Commons’  > Conference website

Call for proposals Regional and/or Thematic Conferences IASC – deadline 15 March 2015

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is now accepting preliminary proposals from individuals/organizations interested in hosting IASC Regional or Thematic Conferences for 2016-2017. IASC Conferences bring together scholars and practitioners from around the world on specific regional commons themes or on specific regions, with a typical size of 100-120 participants, from numerous countries. If you are interested in organizing an IASC Regional or Thematic Conference, please submit your proposal identifying your interests. All proposals are due 15 March 2015.  > Call for Proposals

Call for Papers for session 'Evolution in History', World Economic History Congress 2015 (Kyoto, Japan) - deadline for abstracts 1 March 2015'

Team members Charlotte Störmer, Tine De Moor, and Anita Boele will organize a session entitled 'Evolution in History: Applying Biological and Demographic Concepts to Explain Economic Decision Making in Global History' at the WEHC 2015, which will be held in Kyoto on 3-7 August 2015. In this session, the focus will be on the emergence and role of institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective, including both macro-level institutions, such as religious, political, or administrative structures, as well as micro-level institutions, such as the family or community, of which many have contributed to the cultural, social, and economic structure of a region, population, or country in a particular period and thereby influenced the demographic or economic trajectories of nations, or indeed wider regions. Abstracts for this session are due 1 March 2015.

> Call for papers            > Conference website

XVth Biannual International Conference IASC to be held in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), May 23-25, 2015

On 23-25 May 2015, the 15th Biannual International Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) will be held at the University of Alberta (Canada). The 2015 conference will focus on many kinds of common pool resources including fisheries, forests, and water resources as well as a host of emergent problems of social and environmental change. Participants in the conference will be invited to share ideas, evidence and practical solutions on questions of poverty, food security, social-ecological resilience, effective governance, human rights, FLOG knowledge, etc.. Click here for more info

New affilated researchers

We are happy to welcome two new affiliated researchers. Romina Rodela, research fellow at School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies of Södertörn University, Sweden, centers on environmental governance. In her research she considers participatory processes and explores the way these relate and influence resource management practices as well as governance arrangements, and vice-versa. As of May 2015, she will be joining our research team at Utrecht University on a part-time basis. The research of Joana Dias Pereira (photo left), postdoc researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History at the Universidade Nuova de Lisboa, focuses on labor movements, associations, and cooperative movements. Fernando Largo Jiménez (photo right), PhD Candidate et the Department of Eccnomics and Economic History at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, is participating researcher in the NISAL-research project on the relation between population, food, and living standards in Spain in the nineteenth and  twentieth centuries. He also will temporarily join the Research Team in Utrecht in Spring 2015.

New publication on the early modern Dutch 'commercial household'

Anita Boele, Annemarie Bouman, and Tine De Moor jointly contributed a chapter in the publication Kwetsbare groepen in/en historische demografie [transl.: Vulnerable groups in/and historical demography]. In this collection of articles, various authors describe vulnerable groups in early modern and nineteenth-century European society, like Flemish migrants, farmers in Groningen, and elderly people in and around Leiden. The chapter by Boele, Bouman and De Moor thereby focuses on the consequences of the European Marriage Pattern for elderly care in early modern Holland and the employment of non-kin support as one of the survival strategies of the elderly, especially in the Leiden area. > Click here for pdf of book chapter  > click here for info on the book