Future activities


1-2 June, Annual Posthumus Conference 2017 'Global Connections Across Time and Space', Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The Annual Posthumus Conference is organized bij the N.W. Posthumus Institute in co-operation with Radboud University, Nijmegen, on June 1-2,  2017. The program will include a keynote lecture by prof. dr. Gareth Austin, sessions of PhD students of the Posthumus program, and sessions of  research networks, including the new orientation of Societies in their Environment and the new network Routes and Roots in Colonial and Global History. Team members Anita Boele and Tine De Moor will jointly present a paper, based on the results of the 'Ja, ik wil!-project, Anita will additionally also present a paper on cultural values and intergenerational support.

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10-14 July, XVI Biennial IASC Conference, 'Practicing the Commons', Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

The Research Team 'Institutions for Collective Action' and the Strategic Research Theme 'Institutions', both based at Utrecht University, will jointly host the XVI Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 10 to 14 July 2017. Abstracts for papers, panels, and posters to be presented at this conference can be submitted until 15 October 2016.  With the theme of the conference, “Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change”, the organizers 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 collectives to provide energy, 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. In the call for papers, panels, and posters, 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. Keynote speakers will be (all confirmed): Prof. dr. Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, US), Prof. dr. Juan Camilo Cárdenas Campo (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), and Prof. dr. Jane Humphries (All Souls College Oxford University, UK).

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24-26 August, Historicidagen 2017 (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Utrecht University will be the host of the Historicidagen 2017 ['Historians' Days 2017'], which will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on August 24, 25, and 26. The Historicidagen are a triennial conference that incorporates a wide range of presentations and are modelled according to the German example of the Historikertage (since 1893) and the Annual Meetings of the American Historical Association (since 1886). Aim of the Historicidagen is to demonstrate the diversity and dynamics of (art-)historical research and daily practice and to promote cooperation and inspiration among all invoved in the field of history and art history. The Historicidagen targets all involved with the study of the past: teachers, lecturers, students, archival experts, museums, cultural heritage institutions, entrepreneurs, researchers, and other professionals involved woth historical topics. Team members Tine De Moor and Anita Boele will be chairing one of the panels at this conference

> Conference website [in Dutch]


14-17 September, 4th WINIR Conference 'Institutions & Open Societies' (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

On September 14-17, the researchers involved with Utrecht University's Strategic Theme 'Institutions for Open Societies' will be hosting the 4th WINIR Conference, which will focus on the theme 'Institutions & Open Societies'. Democracies and open societies have recently suffered a number of setbacks. As the adverse impacts of financial crises, inequalities in wealth and income, globalized trade and capital mobility have become more pronounced the world is increasingly threatened by authoritarian populism. In this context of turmoil, many of the accepted doctrines and policies that had previously been taken for granted have been challenged, and concerns have been raised regarding the possible futures of economically and politically "open societies". The Fourth WINIR Conference is set against this backdrop. The conference will include contributions from a wide range of academic discipline that address the challenges and dynamics of the economic, political, legal and social institutions of our time. Several of our research team members are involved in the preparations for this conference

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