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.

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New case study on cooperatives online: A Sacavenense, Lisbon

Joana Dias Pereira, postdoc researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History at the Universidade Nuova de Lisboa, has composed a case study on the credit  and consumer cooperative 'A Sacevenense', based in Lisbon, Portugal. Started as a small cooperative in 1900, in the 1950s it developed to one of the most important cooperatives in the country in terms of sales volume. After a long process of reorganization, the cooperative now focuses on the areas of culture, leisure, sports, and recreation, using their facilities to serve its members and the population in general > Click here for the case study 

New publication: 'Elderly people and collective action: new opportunities?'

Team members Anita Boele and Tine De Moor, in co-operation with Daniëlle Harkes of the Aedis-Actiz knowledge centre on housing and care, published an online-article for www.socialevraagstukken.nl on the opportunities of an ageing society. Instead of focusing on the problems that an ageing society is supposed to bring along, the authors rather focus on the opportunities that may be offered by using the knowledge, the experience, and the means of the ageing popullation. The content of the article will also be adressed at the Third Think Tank on Collectivities in Care, to be organized in Utrecht on the 10th of October. >Click here for the article [in Dutch]  > Click here for info on the Think Tank Session of 10 October 2014 [in Dutch] 

New publication on increased popularity of Broodfondsen as mutual insurance alternative to regular insurance companies

On August 15, Jonathan Fink-Jensen, junior lecturer, and Tine De Moor, both from Utrecht University, have published an article with the online platform of Sociale Vraagstukken, entitled 'Ook minder ‘avontuurlijke’ zelfstandigen sluiten zich nu aan bij een Broodfonds'. This article is based on a  large survey (over 800 respondents), performed by Fink-Jensen among self-employed entrepreneurs (ZZP-ers) in the Netherlands, in cooperation with BroodfondsMakers. The results of this survey not only provided additional information about the background of Broodfonds-participants, but also showed that Broodfondsen are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to the regular insurance opportunities. The survey also showed that Broodfondsen, which inititally mainly attracted highly educated ZZP-ers, recently also have gained increasing popularity under ZZP-ers with lower education. >Click here for the article  > Click here for the results 

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 Roel van Beest, Master student at 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 the results > 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]

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

XVth Biannual International Conference IASC to be held in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), May 23-25, 2015; deadline for abstracts EXTENDED until 31 December 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, etc.. Click here for more info        Click here for Call for abstracts


CGEH Conference ‘The Deep Causes of Economic Development’, Utrecht, 18-20 December 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). Special attention will be paid to 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. Click here for more info

Crowdsourcing project 'Ja, ik wil!' ('Yes, I Do!') - Already over 350 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 350 - 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.