'The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation'
Call for papers, panels, and posters for XVI Biennial IASC-Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) - deadline 15 October 2016
The local organizers of the XVI Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons welcome abstracts for papers, posters, and panels to be presented at the conference, to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 10 to 14 July 2017. The meeting will be held in the wonderful historic city center of Utrecht, a major university town in the middle of the Netherlands and will be hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University. With the theme of the conference, 'Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change', we intend to bring together the fast growing body of scientific knowledge on the commons as an alternative governance model. The increasing popularity of commons as a governance model is visible across the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Citizens increasingly form new collectivities for energy provision and consumption, to provide care, food, et cetera, and work together on the basis of self-governance and reciprocity. During the conference there will be plenty of opportunities to connect academic research to practitioners’ experience and vice versa. On the conference website and in the call you will find an overview of the main themes to be addressed, including a list of potential research questions that might be the topic of paper presentations. Soon, a call for contributions to practitioners’ labs will also be issued. Please visit the conference website www.iasc2017.org to learn more about the conference timeline, keynotes, policy sessions, exciting excursions, the conference venue, the city of Utrecht, opportunities to organize your own project meetings and much more.
3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons (Paris, 20-22 October 2016)
On 20, 21, and 22 October 2016, SciencesPo Paris will be hosting the 3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons (please note that the original dates have been extended with an extra conference day on October 22nd!). Building upon the successful 2012 and 2014 thematic IASC conferences on knowledge commons, this third conference aims to look at the normative effects and institutionalization of the many initiatives based on knowledge commons and how commons provide new legal tools, public policy choices, and forms of social, economic and governance innovations. To this purpose the conference aims to take stock of the latest developments in public policies and legal initiatives around knowledge commons, as well as how the attempts to give a proper legal definition of commons in different countries bring changes in law and property regimes. The key questions that this conference will cover are the sustainability of knowledge commons that could be achieved by giving normative effects to the relationships and collectiveness they create, the possible articulation between grassroots commons movements and public policy, To such end, examples of governance models or legal revisions organizing commons in diverse countries will be studied, particularly as far as knowledge commons are concerned.
Press publications on results surveys on citizens' cooperatives MA-Students
Recently, the results of surveys performed by MA-students Merel Hoveling and Fleur Noy have drawn attention from several news media. Merel Hoveling has performed research for the Dutch Council for Cooperatives (NCR) by composing an inventory of current cooperatives in the Netherlands, based on the registrations of such cooperatives with the Chambre of Commerce. This has been the first national survey of cooperatives of its kind and shows the division of cooperatives over the societal sectors. Remarkable is that in particular sectors that are in prcesses of change and development prefer the cooperative as their organizational structure. The survey showed that there are over 8,000 registered cooperatives in the Netherlands, of which 2,500 are active cooperatives; the other cooperatives are either untracable or have very limited economic activities. The results of the survey have been incorporated in an artcle, co-authored by Merel in the June-issue of the magazine Coöperatie of NCR. Fleur Noy has performed a survey on Flemish citizens' collectivities in cooperation with the Flemish think-tank-organization Oikos.be ; the results of the survey have been incorporated in an article Fleur co-authored with Dirk Holemans for the Oikos Magazine. Although the number of collectivities and cooperatives is considerably smaller than in the Netherlands, the emergence of new collectivities in Flanders is remarkable. The number of new citizens' collectivities per annum has risen from 4 in 2008 to 48 in 2014, cumulating to a total of 480 citizens' collectivities in 10 different sectors of society; the main sectors in which new collectivities emerged were food, houding, energy, sharing economy, environment, and sustainability. The Flemish newspaper de Standaard has written a newspaper article on the results of Fleur's survey.
Job opportunity Associate professor Economic and Social History - Utrecht University, Department of History and Art History - deadline 15 October 2016
The Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University seeks to appoint an associate professor in Economic and Social History. As an associate professor you will contribute to the research agenda of the Economic and Social History group which focuses on long-term developments in global economies and societies, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will contribute your teaching to the undergraduate and graduate (bachelor and master) programmes of Utrecht University in which the department participates and in the graduate seminars and courses organized by the N.W. Posthumus Institute. We are especially looking for a strong team player with good communication and management skills, who can contribute to our multidisciplinary research agenda, has the potential to attract external funding for research projects and can strengthen the cooperation with (inter)national partners. Successful applicants are furthermore expected to teach in the domains of socio-economic history and the history of international relations, and to contribute to the university’s strategic research area Institutions for Open Societies. Applications are due by 15 October 2016.
IOS Lecture by Sarah Carmichael (Utrecht University, 3 November 2016)
Debat 'Is de coöperatie het economische model van de toekomst?' tijdens 4e Festival van de Gelijkheid (Gent, 1-3 december 2016) [in Dutch only]
Press publications on cooperation between academics and citizen scientists
Recently, several newsarticles have appeared in Dutch press on the possibilities Citizen Science has to offer and the challenges academics and participants in Citizen Science-projects have to face. In the first article, published in Trouw, Tine De Moor is interviewed about Citizen Science, more specifically about the Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!', which was completed in February 2016, resulting in data collected by nearly 500 volunteers from almost 100,000 Amsterdam pre-marriage registrations, dating 1580-1810. This interview is also a prelude to the national Citizen Science-symposium organized by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, held on 16 June 2016 in Amsterdam. The second article also is related to this event: in the article, published by de Volkskrant on 16 June, the Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!' is depicted prominently as an example of Citizen Science and Tine De Moor is among the interviewed about the do's and don'ts and the experiences of such projects. In the third article, published by science magazine EOS Wetenschap, Tine De Moor is interviewed on the chances and challenges related to the use of Citizen Science. An important topic in this regard is the reciprocity between scientists and the Citizen Science-participants; also, Tine De Moor stresses the importance of knowledge valorization. The interview is part of the initiative to create an online platform for initiatives based on Citizen Science, managed by EOS magazine. On 31 August, the national news magazine nrc.nl published an online article on the emergence of Citizen Science, also describing some current or recent projects. Tine De Moor is one of the experts interviewed for this article. The national broadcast network NPO-Radio1 dedicated its broadcast of 3 September 2016 to Citizen Science, interviewing Tine De Moor on this topic. Team members René van Weeren and Anita Boele jointly authored an article on the broader background of the 'Ja, ik wil!'-project. This article was the opening article of the dossier on 'Marriage' in the latest issue of the Dutch genealogical journal Gen.
SOSCO International Conference 'Sovereignty, Contestation and "the Economy" (Utrecht, The Netherlands, 25-26 April 2017) - Call for papers, deadline 1 September 2016
The Research Group Sovereignty and Social Contestation (SOSCO) of the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University calls for papers for the International Conference 'Sovereignty, Contestation and "the Economy"’, which will be held on 25 and 26 April 2017 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The conference examines the diverse articulation of economic sovereignty beyond and within state boundaries. Increasing global flows of capital and the financialization of all aspects of society invite discussions on the ways in which certain economic forms appear as hegemonic and how this supremacy is (re)produced as a daily reality in the realm of finance as much as in the realm of production and consumption. The conference builds upon an anthropological understanding of sovereignty and social contestation, focusing on the constitution of social and economic order and the authority to decide on inclusion and exclusion from communities. As many governments claim that they cannot or should not fulfil the promise of sustainable livelihoods to their citizens, transnational institutions and corporations appear to gain increasing leverage over these domains. At the same time, economic practices in finance, production and consumption become subject to social contestation on local and translocal scales through sharing economy initiatives, community currencies, faith-based ethical consumption, and solidarity economy networks. This conference will map some of these shifting economic landscapes by inquiring about sovereignty, value, sustainability, and livelihoods and how these are construed in contested ways on an everyday basis. Abstracts are due by 30 August 2016.
Two publications by research team members published in edited book on future of historical demography
Recently, Acco Publishers published the book, entitled The future of historical demography: Upside down and inside out, edited by Koen Matthys, Saskia Hin, Jan Kok, and Hiduko Matsuo, and launched at the 2nd ESHD Conference, held 21-24 September 2016 at the Catholic University of Leuven. This edited book contains short papers by a large number of demographic and historical researchers, shedding their light on the future of historical demography. Tine De Moor contributed with the opening chapter, entitled 'Dare to dig! More history is needed to take historical demography a few steps further' and Charlotte Störmer co-authored the article 'Crop prices and demographic outcomes - A critical re-evaluation of the proxy' together with Kai Willführ.
Social scientists shed new light on discussion use of natural resources and nature reserves
How to govern a nature reserve, while at the same exploiting its resources commercially? In this publication by Noorderbreedte social scientists Tine De Moor and Maarten Bavinck contribute two new dimensions to this discussion. They suggest that sometimes it is even better for nature if users harvest some of the natural resources; this however requires that boundaries and limitations are clearly indicated, observed, and guarded by the government.
New publication on commons' regulations and sanctioning
Tine De Moor and Annelies Tukker jointly authored the book chapter 'Survival without sanctioning: The relationship between institutional resilience and methods of dealing with free-riding on early modern Dutch commons', which forms part of the 2015 Rural History Yearbook [Jahrbuch für Gechichte des ländlichen Raumes 2015]; this book is fully dedicated to issues dealing with rural commons. In this article, De Moor and Tukker have systematically analyzed the regulations of eight self-governing Dutch commons, of wich some date back to the Middle Ages. By analyzing the changes in the regulations of these commons over time (with a minimum of three changes and a life span of at least 200 years) the authors they discovered that not all rules designed by commoners were combined with a sanction and there was an inverse correlation between longevity of the common and the number of rules that were accompanied by sanctions. Instead of focusing on sanctioning as a tool to keep commoners and others from freeriding, commoners invested in rules that encouraged prevention and high levels of members’ participation.
20-22 October 2016
3rd Thematic IASC
Legal and Social Changes'
3 November 2016
17 November 2016
1-3 December 2016
Festival van de
8 December 2016
‘A historical perspective
19 April 2017
More info to follow
25-26 April 2017
and "the Economy"'
10-14 July 2017
'Practicing the Commons'