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Call for Papers and Posters ICA2018 Research Conference (Wageningen, Netherlands, July 2018) - extended deadline January 25, 2018
The organizers of the International Cooperative Alliance 2018 European Research Conference (ICA2018) invite senior and junior scholars to submit an extended abstract, to be submitted ultimately by January 5, 2018. The ICA2018 Conference will be held July 4-July 6 in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and will be hosted by Wageningen University and Research. The 2018 Conference Theme is 'Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: Innovation in enterprise and community'. The conference will deal with all kinds of cooperatives, from different sectors and different countries, and in different stages of the life cycle. This will lead to challenging and surprising new ideas and relations. Keynote lecturers will be prof. dr. Arthur Mol (Rector Magnificus Wageningen University and Research), dr. Simel Esim (Head of Cooperatives Unit ILO), prof. dr. Murray Fulton (Chair University of Saskatchewan), and dr. Wiebe Draijer (CEO Rabobank)
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Two new research publications VIDI project available online

Over the past few months, two new publications have been published. Both publications are related to the NWO-funded VIDI-project 'Nature or nurture? A search for the  institutional and biological determinants of life expectancy in Europe during the early modern period'.

The first article by Anita Boele and Tine De Moor, entitled '‘Because family and friends got easily weary of taking care’: a new perspective on the specialization in the elderly care sector in early modern Holland has been published online in The Economic History Review. In this article, Boele and De Moor investigate the causes of the remarkable growth in and specialization of elderly care institutions in the Netherlands during the early modern period, and relates these developments to a number of major changes in the household formation process, which had both a direct and an indirect impact on the need for elderly care in general and on the relationships between the elderly and next of kin (partners, children, and other family members). The second article, 'Long-Term Trends in Marriage Timing and the Impact of Migration, the Netherlands (1650-1899)', authored by Charlotte Störmer, Corry Gellatly, Anita Boele, and Tine De Moor, has recently been published in a special issue of Historical Life Course Studies. In this articel, our research team members study trends in sex-specific ages at first marriage, regional variation and the impact of migration on marital timing in the Netherlands in the period 1650-1900, using data from two new large historical datasets, namely an aggregation of Dutch genealogies and the transcribed marriage banns of Amsterdam.
> Article The Economic History Review (subscription may be required)
> Article Historical Life Course Studies (open access)

   
 
Research Grant Riksbanken Jubileumfond awarded to MIDI-project, ICA Research team members involved

The Riksbanken Jubileumfond has recently granted a research grant of 4,626,000 SEK (c. 578,000 USD / 478,000 EUR) to the Research Project 'Modelling institutional dynamics in historical commons (MIDI)'. Among the researchers involved in this project, led by Giangiacomo Bravo of Linnaeus University in Stockholm, Sweden, are prof. Tine De Moor, PI of our Research Team Institutions for Collective Action and Amineh Ghorbani, affiliated researcher with our team. The project builds upon research results produced by our research team in the Common Rules-project, in cooperation with affiliated researchers Angus Winchester and José-Miguel Lana. The MIDI project uses this results as starting point and adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to contribute empirically-grounded and systematic knowledge of the mechanisms driving the process of institutional chage. The researchers' goal is to exploit their interdisiciplinary competences (1) to recode the dataset on the basis of a systematic institutional analysis framework,(2) to fully exploit its potential through the use of data mining and evolutionary analysis techniques, and (3) to embed the resulting knowledge in an agent-based model capturing the essential dynamics of institutional change. More info will follow indue time.

> Contact Giangiacomo Bravo, Linnaeus University

   
IASC2017 largest conference on commons ever

The Research Team 'Institutions for Collective Action' was one of the main organizers of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference 'Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change',  which was held July 10-14, 2017 in Utrecht. The conference, officially opened by Jet Bussemaker, the Netherlands Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, attracted about 800 participants, academics as well as practitioners, making this edition the largest conference on commons worldwide ever. Next to the opening lectures, the conference comprised 3 keynote lectures and related policy debates, over 450 presentations of academic papers, 15 practitioners' labs, 10 conference excursions, and a wonderful Childrens' Commons Program. All info on the conference can be found on the conference webpage www.iasc2017.org, audiovisual impressions including the full lectures can be found at www.iasc2017.org/media

> Conference website

> Conference impressions (incl. lectures)

   
Cooperation is the key to a resilient society - €18.8 million grant for research into sustainable cooperation

The research programme SCOOP – Sustainable Cooperation: Roadmaps to a Resilient Society is set to receive €18.8 million in funding under the prestigious NWO Gravitation programme. SCOOP is a comprehensive interdisciplinary research programme in which sociologists, psychologists, historians, and philosophers join forces in the search for new solutions to sustainable cooperation in the fields of health care, work environment,  and integration. The consortium is composed of researchers from several Dutch universities. Tine De Moor, affiliated with Utrecht University’s Strategic Research Theme ‘Institutions for Open Societies (link)’, chaired by prof. Bas van Bavel (one of the main applicants), was involved in composing Utrecht University’s contribution to the programme proposal.

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