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Knowledge centre Aedes-Actiz: over 100 active care cooperatives in The Netherlands

The Aedes-Actiz knowledge centre on housing and care in cooperation with Utrecht University has produced a survey that shows that currently 101 citizens' collectivities are actively dealing with issues of living, welfare, and health care. This seems to confirm the statements often made about a ‘boost’ of such collectivities. The survey done by the Aedes-Actiz Knowledge centre and Utrecht University revealed a remarkable increase of the number of citizens' collectivities on living, welfare and health care, as well as a remarkable variety within this collection of initiatives. The inventory mainly has been focused on Dutch initiatives, although some foreign initiatives have also been included. Click here for more info

Research on ICAs presented to HRH King Willem-Alexander during his visit to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

On 2 July, His Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander visited the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), of which he is the patron. After a tour of the Trippenhuis (the seat of the KNAW), three researchers presented examples of excellent academic research in The Netherlands, among whom Tine De Moor, who presented on the issue of the participation society and our research both on historical institutions for collective action as well as on present-day citizens' collectivities and other current forms of collective action. Other lecturers were prof. José van Dijck (University of Amsterdam) on the use of 'big data' in Humanities and prof. Leo Kouwenhoven (Delft University of Technology) on quantum transport. After these lectures, King Willem-Alexander spoke with scientists and board members of the KNAW and of the Young Academy of the KNAW (De Jonge Akademie) about science and science policy (picture of HRH King Willem Alexander copyright by and by courtesy of Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst) Click here for press release by the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst [In Dutch]

Knowledge centre Institutions of the Open Society co-organizes 3rd Think Tank Session on 'Population ageing , problem or promise' with Aedes Actiz (Utrecht, 10 October 2014)

Friday October 10, 2014, the Knowledge centre Institutions of the Open Society at Utrecht University in collaboration with the Aedes-Actiz Knowledge Centre will organize the Third Think Tank session about ageing populations and the development of new institutions in living, care and welfare. Main issue of the meeting is the search for new possibilities of collective action among the elderly today to cope with the challenges posed by population ageing and the demand of long-term care. The program includes a lecture by David Reher (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) who will highlight the topic from a long-term European perspective and discuss the different Northwestern and Southern European institutional solutions to ageing. George de Kam (University of Groningen) will talk about recent developments in the Netherlands and the effectiveness of the new solutions in care and living. Click here for more info

New publication on empowerment of women in colonial Uganda by Felix Meier zu Selhausen now online

The Journal of  Economic History of Developing Countries has recently published a paper by Felix Meier zu Selhausen, entitled 'Missionaries and female empowerment in colonial Uganda: New evidence from Protestant marriage registers, 1880–1945'. This paper offers a first pass at analysing empirically the role of mission education on African women's socio-economic position within the household. The paper finds that although mission education raised the sampled brides' literacy skills way above female national levels, they were largely excluded from participating in the colonial wage labour market. In this context, the missionary society presented an almost exclusive source of female wage labour in areas of religious service, schooling and medical care. Women who worked for the missionaries married significantly later in life and married men closer to their own age, signalling a shift in the power balance between parents and daughters and between husband and wife. Click here for this paper

Sessions on cooperatives at 18th Annual Congress of the European Business History Association (Utrecht, 21-23 August 2014)

From 21 to 23 August 2014, Utrecht University and the Netherlands Economic History Archive will host the yearly congress of the European Business History Association. The theme of this year's congress is: Comparative Business History. Contrasting Regions, Sectors, and Centuries. Various sessions of this congress will focus on cooperatives. Felix Meier will present a paper on a Ugandese microfinance and coffee cooperative. There will also be sessions on the comparison of agricultural cooperatives and on cooperatives in Finland, Uganda, Denmark, and Argentina. Our team member Winny Bierman is the congress secretary for this conference. Registration is now open, a conference fee applies. Click here for conference website

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

Recently, Tine de Moor has been elected as the new President-Elect of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). Tine De Moor has recently been elected as the next President-Elect of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). In the course of 2015, she will take 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 CommonsClick here for more info

Elinor Ostrom Award for collective governance of the commons 2014-2015; deadline for nominations EXTENDED until 30 August 2014

The Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons, created to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, aims to acknowledge and promote the work of practitioners, young and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons. According with Ostrom´s large legacy the scope of the Award aims to be broad, including academic and applied work on traditional commons (forests, water bodies, pasture lands, fisheries, etc.), local commons, interlinked commons (forests and watersheds, fisheries and coastlines, etc.), global commons, knowledge, cultural and virtual commons. Both academics (indivduals or groups) as well as practioners (indivudals, groups, or institutions) can be nominated for this award. Nominations for the Award for 2014-2015 should be submitted before 30 August 2014. Click here for more info

Call for abstracts and panel proposals XVth Biannual International Conference IASC; deadlines 1 July (panel and group presentations) and 31 July (individual presentations) 2014

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, sustainable natural 1 July 2014 (panel/group presentations) and 31 July (individual presentations) 2014. Click here for more info

 

Call for papers CGEH Conference ‘The Deep Causes of Economic Development’, Utrecht, 18-20 December 2014; deadline for abstracts 30 June 2014

On 18-20 December 2014, the Centre for Global Economic History (CGEH) organizes the three-day conference ‘The Deep Causes of Economic Development’, which will be held in Utrecht. Keynote speaker at this conference will be Paola Giuliano (UCLA Anderson School of Management). For this conference, the CGEH invites paper proposals that study the role of  informal institutions in the development process, with a particular focus on family organisation and the decision making power of women, both at the micro and the macro level. Though the focus lies on the past two centuries, paper proposals on all periods are welcome.  Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be sent in PDF to cgeh.conferences@uu.nl before the 30th of June. Click here for more info

Workshop 'Common People, Common Rules. Institutions and self-governance in historical perspective' (Pamplona, 30-31 October 2014)

Collective ownership and resource management is currently an important research topic among historians, anthropologists, legal experts, economists, sociologists, and political scientists, not least as a consequence of the challenges the world is facing regarding the management of natural resources. During this two-day workshop, which will be held at the Public University of Navarra in Pamplona, we will be focussing on institutions for collective action, that are self-governing and self-regulating in historical perspective. At the workshop much attention will be given to the historical analysis of common land regimes, which has witnessed a clear shift in focus from the study of the abolition of commons towards the analysis of the internal logic of their functioning.

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Crowdsourcing project 'Ja, ik wil!' ('Yes, I Do!') - Already over 280 volunteers help out with digitizing unique historical source for scientific research

On February 3, the digitization project ‘Ja, ik wil’(‘Yes, I do’) started. With this large-scaled project, researchers from the Department of Social and Economic History of Utrecht University seek to digitize the Amsterdam premarriage records (1581-1811) to make the data from these records available for scientific research. Using the websourcing platform ‘Vele Handen’ (‘Many Hands’), the research team initiated a co-operation with the Amsterdam City Archives to attract volunteers to help with entering the information held in the source. Over 250 - and numbers still increasing - volunteers, among whom history teachers, genealogists, and alumni of Utrecht University have already registered last week to start entering the data. In the first phase (2014) of this project, the team aims to digitize about one-fifth of these records, which will already form a rich source of data for further historical research. The intention is to digitize the whole source by the end of 2015. Visit the project webpage [in Dutch], at http://www.collective-action.info/Ja-ik-wil or join this project by clicking here.

New publication about the relation between high mortality environments and fast life-history strategies

Our team member Charlotte Störmer, together with Virpi Lummaa of the University of Sheffield, recently published an article in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One. In this article, the authors study the impact of family versus individual-level effects of mortality exposure on two central life-history parameters, ages at first marriage and first birth, in three historical human populations (Germany, Finland, Canada) and provide evidence for the importance of the family environment for reproductive timing while individual-level mortality experiences seem to play only a minor role in reproductive life history decisions in humans.

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New publication on beguines and new publication on the role of historical co-operatives

Recently, two articles by Tine De Moor have been published. In the article 'Single, safe, and sorry? Explaining the early modern beguine movement in the Low Countries', published in The Journal of Family History, she focuses on the incentives for the emergence of the beguine movement in present-day Netherlands and Flanders. The second article, entitled 'Co-operating for the future: inspiration from the European past to develop public-collective partnerships and transgenerational co-operatives' forms part of the book Protecting future generations through commons, published by the European Council in the "Trends in social cohesion"-series, and focuses on the importance of experiences from historical institutions for present-day collectivities and co-operatives.

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> click here for PDF of 'Co-operating for the future'

Third European meeting IASC 'From generation to generation - the use of commons in a changing society, Umeå, Sweden, September 16-19, 2014

From September 16 until September 19, 2014, the 3rd European meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) will be held in Umeå, Sweden. This conference, entitled 'From generation to generation - the use of commons in a changing society' will be hosted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. More info is to be found on the conference website.

IASC 2nd Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons 'Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources with special attention to the fields of medicine and the environment' (New York, September 5-7)

On September 5-7, 2014, NYU’s Engelberg Center on Innovation, Law and Policy will host the International Association for the Study of Commons’ 2nd Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons. The conference aims to provide a forum for presenting and discussing developments in the interdisciplinary study of knowledge commons. This year’s program will devote several special paper tracks and policy sessions to knowledge commons in the fields of medicine and the environment. Keynote lectures will be given by Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School), Eric von Hippel (MIT Sloan School of Management), and Michael McGinnis (Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington). The conference will be chaired by Katherine Strandburg (NYU School of Law) and co-chaired by Charlie Schweik (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). Click here for conference website