Conferences, seminars, lectures, presentations


April 1, Documentary 'Ons Gemeengoed' (VPRO Tegenlicht, NPO2)

April 3-23, Meet-ups on documentary (various locations, Netherlands and Belgium)

Tine De Moor was the main guest in the episode ‘Ons Gemeengoed’ of the documentary series VPRO Tegenlicht, on Dutch television, 1 April 2018, NPO2, starting at 21:05. In this episode, Prof. Tine De Moor is interviewed and will show some examples of on commons in order to demonstrate their functioning and could be the ground rules for making such collectivities succesful. The episodes of Tegenlicht are followed up by Meet-ups across the Netherlands and Belgium:


> 3 April: Meet-up Ghent (Herberg Macharius)

> 4 April: Meet-up Amsterdam (Pakhuis De Zwijger)

> 5 April: Meet-up Utrecht (Openbare Bibliotheek Oudegracht) 

> 18 April: Meet-up Den Bosch (RUW)

> 23 April: Meet-up Haarlem (Pletterij)


> VPRO Tegenlicht website

> Registration Meet-up Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, April 4


[broadcast, meet-ups, and info are all in Dutch]

  March 20-21, European Commission Invitational Workshop 'Energy Sustainability in the Current Transition to Renewables' (Ispra, Italy)
On March 20-21, 2018, Tine De Moor was one of the invited expert participants in the European Commission Workshop 'Energy Sustainability in the Current Transition to Renewables', hosted by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
  March 1, Presentatie Toekomstgids Brabantse Gemeenten (Oisterwijk, Netherland
Due to the nature and content of this meeting this info is in Dutch only
Op 1 maart 2018 werd in Sundaymorning@EKWC in Oisterwijk de  Toekomstgids voor Brabantse gemeenten gepresenteerd. Deze gids is bedoeld als inspiratiebron voor de op te stellen coalitieakkoorden na de Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen 2018 en  als kompas voor iedereen die lokaal actief is. Tijdens de bijeenkomst vonden presentaties en optredens plaats van Marjolijn van Heemstra (schrijfster, theatermaakster), Janneke Niessen (ondernemer), Tine De Moor (hoogleraar sociale en economische geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht), Jeroen van Glabbeek (CEO van, Bastiaan Rijpkema (schrijver, Universiteit Leiden), Christophe van der Maat (gedeputeerde provincie Noord-Brabant), en Laura van Dolron (cabaretière, actionwriter). De bijeenkomst was bedoeld voor alle toekomstmakers van Brabant.
  24 November, WRR Workshop 'Open Society And Its Virtues', The Hague (Netherlands)

Tine De Moor is one of the invited discussants at the Workshop 'Open Society And Its Virtues', held at and organized by WRR, The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy. The theme of workshop is based on the recent book Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World by Michael Ignatieff, who will reflect in this workshop on presentations by various participants.

More info

  12 October, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague (Netherlands)

On October 12, 2017, Tine De Moor was invited expert at the PBL Academic Lecture of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague. The PBL Academic Lecture is organized by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency twice a year to connect academic research and policy making. The lecture on October 12, 2017 was delivered by professor Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University) and was entitled 'Governance by experimentation: Climate politics and the city'. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency had invited Tine De Moor to reflect on professor Bulkeley's lecture and to participate as invited expert in the discussion forum. The PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the fields of the environment, nature, and spatial planning in the Netherlands.

More info

  11-14 September, Rural History 2017 Conference, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)

The Interfaculty Center for Agrarian History, University of Leuven, in collaboration with the CORN (Comparative Rural History Network), jointly organized the Rural History 2017 Conference, which was held at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), 11-14 September 2017. The EURHO conferences aim at promoting the exchange of recent research results and fostering co-operation between scholars engaged in the history of rural Europe and of its interaction with other parts of the world, from ancient times up to the present.  Hence, the conference in Leuven contained interesting proposals within a broad range of themes and covering different historical periods and regions. Team member Tine De Moor presented the paper 'Modelling institutional dynamics in historical commons',  co-authored by Miguel Laborda Pemán, Giangiacomo Bravo, and Amineh Ghorbani.

> Conference website

> Presentation

  11-15 September, Summer School#2 'Making Public Domain' (Antwerp, Belgium)

Summer School #2 ‘Making Public Domain' aimed to examine how public domain can be made and what role art can play in this. Public space does not actually exist, but must constantly be created and activated. Which strategies then - artistic, civil, activist, social, political, legal, etc - are able to generate public space? An interdisciplinary group of participants and guests (among whom Tine De Moor) tackled a different theme every day, by means of workshops, lectures, artistic interventions, and case studies. Summer school participants were actively involved in a 5-day exchange between artists and experts unraveling the concepts and practice of ‘making public domain’. Summer School #2 was part of the research project ‘Making Public Domain’ by Nico Dockx (Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten) and Pascal Gielen (ARIA) and was jointly organized by ARIA & Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Middelheim Museum, Kunsthal Extra City, Kunstcel (Departement Cultuur, Jeugd, Media), and Kunstenpunt

  15 September, Seminar/Course lecture Curriculum CAS in Applied Economics (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Tine De Moor was one of the guest lecturers in the part 'Die kulturelle Dimensionen der Wirtschaft' ['The cultural dimensions of economic activity'] of the Curriculum CAS in Applied Economics of the University of Zurich. Her lecture was entitled 'A culture of collectivities? The power of citizens in dealing with market failure’. This lecture was part of the CAS Curriculum and therefore not open to the general public.

> More info (in German)
  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' hosted the 4th WINIR Conference, which focused 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 was set against this backdrop. The conference included contributions from a wide range of academic discipline that addressed the challenges and dynamics of the economic, political, legal, and social institutions of our time. Several of our research team members were involved in the preparations for and presentations at this conference

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

Utrecht University acted as host of the Historicidagen 2017 ['Historians' Days 2017'] 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 member Tine De Moor was invited participant in the debate 'Historici op de bres voor democratie' ['Historians stick up for democracy'] and invited speaker in the session 'GoPublic!'. Team member Anita Boele was moderator of the session 'Met de kennis van gisteren. Hte belang van een historisch perspectief op hedendaagse vraagstukken' ['Using knowledge about the past. The importance of a historical perspective on present-day social issues'].

> Conference website [in Dutch]
  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, jointly hosted the XVI Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), entitled 'Practicing the commons: Self-governance, coopertaion, and institutional change' from 10 to 14 July 2017. With the theme of the conference, “Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change”, the organizers intended to bring together the fast growing body of scientific knowledge on the commons as an alternative governance model, as 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. The conference was attended by 800+ participants (academics, practitioners, and policy makers) from 70 different countries, making this the largest conference on commons worldwide ever, including 5 clinics, over 450 academic paper presentations, 15 practitioners' labs, and a wide variety of conference excursions. Keynote speakers were: 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).

> click here for conference website
  1-2 June, Annual Posthumus Conference 2017 'Global Connections Across Time and Space', Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The Annual Posthumus Conference 2017 was organized bij the N.W. Posthumus Institute in co-operation with Radboud University, Nijmegen, on June 1-2,  2017. The program included 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 jointly presented a paper, based on the results of the 'Ja, ik wil!-project, Anita additionally also presented a paper on cultural values and intergenerational support.

> More info

  24 May, Seminar 'Institutions and the Evolution of Capitalism', Civic Innovation Research Initiative, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was one of the keynote speakers at the seminar 'Institutions and the Evolution of Capitalism',  organized by the Civic Innovation Research Initiative of the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands). She delivered a keynote lecture, entitled 'Origins of the metaphor Tragedy of the Commons'.


11 May, PhD defense Miguel Laborda Pemàn, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

On May 11, 2017, Miguel Laborda Pemán MA (Economic and Social History) successfully defended his Phd thesis at Utrecht University, entitled Beyond Markets and Hierarchies in Pre-Industrial Europe. The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective. In his dissertation, Laborda Pemán analyzes the process of establishment and long-term change of historical institutions for collective action. Tine De Moor was first promotor of Miguel.

> Read more
  28 April. Lecture 'From local to global: a history of the commons', Spring 2017 Lecture Series, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (Leuven, Belgium)

Tine De Moor delivered a lecture in the Spring 2017 Lecture Series focusing on 'Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Commons and Global Public Goods', organized by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In her lecture 'From global to local: a history of the commons', Tine De Moor retraced the history of the term ‘commons’ from common pastures in the Middle Ages to open resources such as oceans and the atmosphere in today’s language. She also sketched the (contested) evolution from commons to global commons, by discussing to what extent and how the self-governance model of the commons based on communities can be translated to the global level. This lecture was rescheduled (originally scheduled March 28, 2017).

> More info
  25-26 April, SOSCO International Conference Sovereignty, Contestation, and "the Economy"', Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was one of the invited discussants at the SOSCO International Conference Sovereignty, Contestation, and "the Economy"', which was hosted by the Department of Cultural Anthropology of Utrecht University.

> More info
  18 April, Commoning UvA, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

On April 18, Tine De Moor delivered the lecture '1000 jaar commons' ['1,000 years of commons'] as invited lecturer and discussants at a debate evening, organized by Commoning UvA. Commoning UvA is an interdisciplinary research group of students and researchers that studies the progressing transformation of the social system as well as the new discourses emerging at knowledge institutions. Communing UvA wants to facilitate the construction of a netwerk of all involved (teachers, students, researchers, employees, citizens, the academic world, companies, and the government) to develop this transformation by organizing multidisciplinary workshops and the publication of articles, documentaries, and interviews.

> More info


30 March, Seminar Lecture, ESH Seminar Series (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

The Economic and Social History research group of Utrecht University annually organizes two series of seminars, one in spring and one in fall. Papers on a range of different topics related to economic and social history, from antiquity to recent times, are presented by scholars from within and outside the Netherlands. Anita Boele and Corry Gellatly presented the paper '', coauthored by Tine De Moor and Charlotte Störmer at the ESH Seminar Lecture of March 30, 2017.

> More info



23 March, Lecture Samenlevingsopbouw Vlaanderen (Brussels, Belgium

Tine De Moor attended as expert participant and lecturer one of the meetings of Samenlevingsopbouw Vlaanderen.

> More info (pdf; in Dutch)


  25 March, HUMAN Festival 'We doen het zelf wel' (Amersfoort, The Netherlands; in Dutch only)

Op zaterdag 25 maart 2017 vond de eerste editie van het 'We Doen Het Zelf Wel'-festival plaats in de Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort. Doel van het ‘We Doen Het Zelf Wel’-Festival was aan te tonen dat burger- en sociale initiatieven niet meer uit een reeks incidenten bestaan, maar veeleer een brede burgerbeweging vormen die de problemen van mensen en gemeenschappen aan het oplossen is.  Het festival werd georganiseerd vanuit een samenwerking tussen verschillende grote en kleine organisaties die zich bezighouden met burgerinitiatieven. Onder leiding van dagvoorzitter Natasja van den Berg spraken onder meer oud-politicus en schrijver Jan Terlouw, hoogleraar Geesteswetenschappen Tine De Moor, Urgenda-directeur Marjan Minnesma, hoogleraar Maatschappelijke Bestuurskunde Gabriël van den Brink, en hoogleraar Bevolkingsdaling en Leefbaarheid Bettina Bock. Omroep Human maakte tijdens de dag tv-opnames en zal deze op een later moment een samenvatting uitzenden.

> Festival website



23 March, Symposium 'Duurzaam coöperatief ondernemen: business- en verdienmodellen voor coöperaties van de 21ste eeuw' and lectorship ceremony Willem Foorthuis, Hanzehogeschool Groningen (Oude Pekela, The Netherlands)

On March 23, drs. Willem Foorthuis will be installed as lecturer 'Duurzaam Coöperatief Ondernemen' ['Sustainable Cooperative Entrepreneurship'] at the Hanze Hogeschool University of Applied Sciences. The ceremony will be preceded by a regional one-day conference, entitled 'Duurzaam coöperatief ondernemen: business- en verdienmodellen voor coöperaties van de 21ste eeuw' [Sustainable cooperative entrepreneurship: business- and profit models for 21st-century cooperatives']. Tine De Moor will deliver the keynote lecture 'De burgers in coöperaties en commons' ['Citizens in cooperatives and commons'].

More info [in Dutch only]

23 March, Centre for the Humanities debate 'Citizen Science', Utrecht University (The Netherlands; in Dutch only)


On March 23, 2017, the Centre for the Humanities of Utrecht University hosted a debate on the current emergence and importance of citizen science. Several reknown academics as well as participants in citizen science projects will share their thoughts on the role of citizen science in academic research.

More info [in Dutch only]

  7 March, KNAW Postdoc Career Day, Amersfoort (The Netherlands)
Tine De Moor was one of the invited expert participants at the Postdoc Career Day of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

21 February, Rabobank Knowledge Event 'De coöperatie innoveert' (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor delivered the keynote lecture at the Knowledge Event 'De coöperatie innoveert' ['The cooperative innovates']. 
  14 February, Masterclass 'Sociale Innovatie en Transformatie', Erasmus Academy, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Erasmus Academy in cooperation with Transition Academy organized a Masterclass course on the theme of 'Social Innovation and Transformation'. The masterclass focuses on the recent development of citizens and  scoial entrepreneurs playing an ever increasing part in the self-governance and self-provision of goods and services, in areas such as health care, education, food production, housing, and energy production, often using specific judicial frameworks and economic concepts such as crowd funding, collective private contracts, citizens' cooperatives, and local exchange of products and services. Governments and 'regular' companies have to find ways how to deal with this development. The masterclass, comprising 6 lectures by prominent lecturers on these topics,  intends to provide the participants with insights in this bottom-up movement, an overview of the various types of social entrepreneurship, and suggents how to deal with this development in a constructive way. Tine De Moor was lecturer at the masterclass lecture of February 14.

More info (in Dutch only)

  15 December, Manifeestatie (Wageningen, The Netherlands; in Dutch only)

Op 15 december 2016 organiseert DuurzaamDoor, het kennisprogramma voor sociale innovatie, het event Manifeestatie in Wageningen. De afgelopen jaren heeft DuurzaamDoor met vele partners samengewerkt in uiteenlopende activiteiten en initiatieven. Tijdens dit event zullen aspecten centraal staan als : In lerende samenwerking een programma tot stand brengen, duurzame waarden creëren, reflectie op verleden/ervaren in het heden/aandacht op de toekomst, etc. Tine De Moor zal tijdens deze bijeenkomst een lezing houden over de commons: over coöperatief denken, van vormgeven van samenwerken; collectieven, vanzelfsprekendheid, weerbaarheid, sociale cohesie ook in het perspectief van de tijd.

> Meer info

  8 December, Workshop ‘Hedendaagse vraagstukken vanuit historisch perspectief’ (Utrecht University, The Netherlands; In Dutch only)

Welke rol kunnen historische kennis en ervaringen uit het verleden spelen in de zoektocht naar oplossingen voor actuele sociale en maatschappelijke vraagstukken? Tijdens een workshop die op donderdag 8 december in Utrecht georganiseerd gingen historici, sociale wetenschappers, en beleidmakers over dit thema in gesprek en discussieerden over de mogelijkheden die vergelijkingen met het verleden bieden voor hedendaagse prangende kwesties. In een aantal presentaties gingen sprekers vanuit hun specifieke expertise in op een aantal concrete vraagstukken, zoals de toekomst van de euro (Jan Luiten van Zanden, Universiteit Utrecht), de rol van verzekeringsmaatschappijen (Robert Vonk, RIVM), de decentralisaties in de zorg en de rol van familie op het gebied van onderlinge ondersteuning (Anita Boele, UU) en publieke integriteit (Toon Kerkhoff, Universiteit Leiden). Arjan van Dixhoorn (University College Roosevelt, Universiteit Utrecht) zal ingaan op citizen science, terwijl Boudewijn Steur (Minsterie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties) een presentatie zal geven over het belang van historische kennis voor de beleidspraktijk. De workshop werd afgesloten met een plenair debat (met o.a. Bas van Bavel en Leen Dorsman), waarin de implicaties voor onderzoek, onderwijs, en opleiding centraal stonden.  

  5 December, Think Tank session 'Revival van de utopie' (Brussels, Belgium; in Dutch only)

Hoe de samenleving opnieuw ‘maken’ aan het begin van de 21ste eeuw? Dat is de vraag die dit seizoen op tafel ligt als rode draad doorheen het Kaaitheaterprogramma voor RE:MAKE en Burning Ice #10. In tijden van klimaatverandering, migratie, internationaal terrorisme, extreme privatisering, groter wordende ongelijkheid en voortdenderende globalisering is de complexiteit van onze samenleving dusdanig gestegen dat deze vraag almaar moeilijker te beantwoorden valt. Maar net door de aanblik van deze crises klinkt de roep om alternatieven steeds luider. Waar zit de (politieke) verbeelding en hoe gaan we daadwerkelijk op weg naar een andere toekomst? Welke weg slaan we in? Waar willen we naar toe? Dirk Holemans stelt zijn boek Vrijheid & Zekerheid, naar een sociaal-ecologische samenleving voor en ging op de bijeenkomst van 5 december in gesprek met Tine De Moor over 'de terugkeer van de utopie'.

> Meer info
  1-3 December, Festival van de Gelijkheid (Ghent, Belgium)

From the 1st until the 3rd of December 2016, Curieus Progressieve Cultuur Fabriek organized the 4th edition of the annual Festival van de Gelijkheid [Festival of Equality] in the Vooruit-building in Ghent, Belgium. The festival comprised debates, literature, expositions, music and other performances, documentaries, urban art, book markets, poetry, etc., all focusing on the issue of equality. Tine De Moor was one of the invited participants who took part in the debate 'Is het coöperatieve model het model van de toekomst?' ['Is the cooperative model the model of the future?'].

> Festival website [in Dutch]

> Introduction to debate [in Dutch]
  30 November 2016, Trefdag SociaalWerk ActieNetwerk (Ghent, Belgium; in Dutch only)

Op de tweede trefdag van SWAN in Brussel staat de voortschrijdende vermarkting en commercialisering van het sociaal werk centraal. Naast analyse van deeze verschijnselen wordt ook aandacht geschonken aan mogelijke alternatieven: Kan een welbegrepen “vermaatschappelijking” leiden tot een nieuw compromis tussen middenveld en overheid? Kan sociaal werk zich heruitvinden in de ruimte “tussen overheid en markt”? De bijeenkomst bestaat uit lezingen van drie deskundigen, onder wie Tine De Moor, een paneldiscussie, alsmede wdiverse workshops

> Meer info en aanmelding
  17 November, Trefdag Sociaal-Cultureel Werk 2016 (Ghent, Belgium)(in Dutch only)

De Trefdag sociaal-cultureel werk, georganiseserd door Socius, steunpunt sociaal-cultureel volwassenenwerk. is een jaarlijks inspiratie- en ontmoetingsevenement voor alle professionals uit de sector van het sociaal-cultureel volwassenenwerk in Vlaanderen. Op het programma van dit jaar staan vijftien sprekers die stuk voor stuk de samenleving kunnen lezen, die je zullen triggeren en confronteren en die met alternatieven op de proppen komen voor de samenleving van morgen. Tine De Moor is één van deze sprekers en zal een lezing geven over 'De Commons'.

> Meer info
  10-11 November, LUCSoR Conference: Compassion, Social Engagement, and Discontent: Believing and the Politics of Belonging in Europe (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

This LUCSoR conference aims to investigate forms and elements of religion in public settings and technologies of belonging in Europe today by taking compassion as a locus. At this conference compassion will be viewed not primarily as an emotion but as a social relation. Compassion may lead to social engagement, but also to the desire not to connect, to refuse engagement, or to turn away. The conference is intended for scholars of religion of various disciplinary backgrounds interested in exploring new ways of studying religion in public settings. Team member Anita Boele will deliver a paper presentation, entitled 'Charity, compassion and community'.

> Conference website
  9 November, SelfCity Gent (Ghent, Belgium)

Citizen's initiatives. action groups, citizens' collectivities: they all form part of the so-called 'SelfCity'-concept: citizens who join forces to improve their neighborhood, their city, without awaiting initiatives by government or institutions. At the symposium SelfCityGhent, three speakers from abroad will tell about their own experiences. Their lectures will be followed by a panel discussion with Dirk Holemans of and Tine De Moor. Issues that will be discussed are: Why do citizens join these initiatives? Which problems do they face when initiating such developments? And what will a self-organized city be capable of?

> More info

  3 November, IOS-Lecture (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Utrecht University's Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) started this year with IOS Lectures, a get-together for scholars and research master's students who are interested in the strategic theme of Institutions for Open Societies. In these lectures IOS creates a platform for sharing, exchanging, and connecting knowledge and people in order to build new interdisciplinary research alliances within IOS. In November the lecture will be on the 3rd introducing Sarah Carmichael.

> More info

  30 October, Culturele Zondag 'Win-Win' (Utrecht, The Netherlands; in Dutch only)

In Utrecht, an ever increasing number of new entrepreneurs are uinvolved in creating an accessible, liveable, and healthy city. At the Cultural Sunday with the theme 'Win-win' the inspirators of these developments delivered presentations and workshops throughout the city centre; special attention was raised for the emergence of many citizens' initiatives, ranging from enegry cooperatives to private pension funds. History has shown us that such initiatives already date back until the Middle Ages:  Tine De Moor therefore delivered a public lecture on the success factors of ancient guilds and fraternities and on what lessons can be learned for today from those historical examples.

> Website Culturele Zondag 'Win-Win' [in Dutch]

  20-22 October, 3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons, SciencesPo (Paris, France)

On 20, 21, and 22 October 2016, SciencesPo hosted the 3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons, entitled 'Advancing Knowledge Commons Through Legal and Social Changes'. Tine De Moor was one of the co-organizers of this conference, team member René van Weeren supported the local organizing committee throughout the preparation of the conference.

> Conference website

  21-24 September, 2016 European Society of Historical Demography conference, Leuven (Belgium)

On 21-24 September 2016, the Catholic University of Leuven hosted the 2nd ESHD conference, of which the main conference theme was 'Innovating historical demography: the world and Europe'. The two core objectives of the conference were firstly to highlight the importance of robust methodological and theoretical approaches in the comparative (e.g. regional, temporal, and categorical) research framework, and secondly to promote a better understanding of new quantitative and qualitative research methods. Team members Corry Gellatly, Anita Boele, and Tine De Moor presented their paper (also on behalf of co-author Charlotte Störmer), entitled 'Marriage and migration. The development of the Dutch marriage pattern and the impact of migration (1600-1900)' at this conference.

> Conference website
  15 September, Network meeting Dutch citizens' collectivities (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Team members Tine De Moor, Anita Boele, and Charlotte Witte organized an invitational Network meeting for Dutch citizens' collectivities. The purpose of this meeting was threefold. First, the aim was to bring together initiatives working on inventories of existing citizens' initiatives and collectivities throughout the Netherlands and Flanders (also related to the inventories recently made by interns Fleur de Noy and Merel Hoveling). Second, participating organizations to this meeting were asked to participate in the Internship Program of the Department of Social and Economic History of Utrecht University, in order to offer MA-students the possibility to have an internship on the topic of citizens' collectivities and/or cooperatives. Finally, the meeting was intended as preparation for possible conference excursions for the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference, to be held in Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017, and hosted by (among others) the Institutions for Collective Action research team. 
  14 September, City Talk # 3, 'Publieke ruimten: verbinder van vele wensen' (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

City Talk # 3, hosted by Architectuurcentrum Aorta, forms part of a series of meetings, where public issues regarding the city of Utrecht are discussed. The focus of the City Talk # 3 was on the purpose and use of public spaces. As the function of public spaces has shifted, an increasing number of local initiators want to make public spaces in their neighborhood more attractive; at the same time, urbanization increases the pressure on those open and public spaces. At the City Talk, it was dicussed what the implications are for the future design op public spaces and how to consolidate the results achieved. Speakers at this meeting were Marie-Laure Hoedemakers (Lodewijk Baljon Landschapsarchitecten), Tine De Moor (‘Institutions for Collective Action’, Utrecht University), Leon Borlée (City of Utrecht), Berdie Olthof (co-initiator Ringpark-Dichterswijk/Feddes/Olthof Landschapsarchitecten BV), and Ellen Wilms (ingenieursbureau Tauw). Moderator was Guido Wallagh (Inbo).

> More info

  14 September, Round Table Discussion 'Participatielandschappen' (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Landwerk, the national Dutch platform for information, discussions, and meetings on the design of rural areas, organized a Round Table Discussion on the topic of 'Participatielandschappen' ['Participation Landscapes']. This discussion is related to the policy document ‘Natuurlijk Verder’, launched in 2014 by the Dutch national government, calling upon citizens, companies, and societal organizations to join forces for Dutch nature, and resulting in the implementation programme ‘Tweede Natuur’ and the manifest ‘Subsidievrije Natuur’, aiming at the creation of 200,000 hectares of new nature in The Netherlands by the efforts of citizens and companies as weel as by creating smart cooperation networks. The Round Table Discussion of 14 September 2016 was aimed at finding answers to the question which steps (local) governments, entrepreneurs, nature managers, and initiators of new initiatives have to take to broaden the scope and to make the current results future-proof. Tine De Moor and Charlotte Witte of our research team participated in this meeting, that was chaired by Geert van Duinhoven and Hans Bleumink of consultancy bureau Overland.

> Publication about this meeting (PDF; in Dutch only)

  8 September, Workshop 'De kracht van coöperaties voor het beheer van commons', Ghent (Belgium; in Dutch only)

Coopkracht organiseerde op 8 september 2016, in samenwerking met Coop-apotheken, het onderzoeksteam Institutions for Collective Action van de Universiteit Utrecht, Denktank Oikos,, WISE POWER, en de Europese Commissie een bijeenkomst met als thema 'De kracht van coöperaties voor het beheer van commons'. Aan de hand van het coöperatieve beheer van vier belangrijke 'commons' (grond, huisvesting, hernieuwbare energie, en gezondheidszorg) werd verkend wat deelnemers van elkaar kunnen leren en hoe zij elkaar kunnen versterken, met speciale aandacht voor duurzaamheid, lokale verbondenheid, en de rol van de coöperatie als governance model. Tine De Moor gaf tijdens deze bijeenkomst de lezing 'Welke rol speelt coöperatief ondernemen in het beheren van de 'commons'?'.

> More info [in Dutch]
  5-9 September, Lorentz Workshop 'Emerging Institutions: Design or Evolution?', Lorentz Center (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

The general goal of this workshop, jointly organized by Giangiacomo Bravo (Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden), Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College, London, UK), team member Tine De Moor (Utrecht University) and affiliated researcher Amineh Ghorbani (Delft University of Technology) was to gain an initial understanding of the process of institutional change by achieving consensus about the terminologies and concepts used in different disciplines and by reaching a collective understanding about the best way(s) to model it. This would allow researchers working on institutional changes to better understand its complexities by building realistic models and analysing various scenarios of institutional development. The aim of the organizers was to bring experts in these, and other, disciplines together for the first time, in order to make a step forward in modelling and understanding institutional emergence by both design and evolution in today’s rapidly evolving society.

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  27 August, Annual Conference Study Group Seventeenth Century 2016, 'Oud... maar niet versleten! Ouderdom in de zeventiende eeuw', Leuven (Belgium)

On the 27th of August 2016, the Study Group Seventeenth Century held its annual conference in Leuven. The theme of this year's conference was 'Oud... maar niet versleten! Ouderdom in de zeventiende eeuw' ['Old, but not worn out! Old-age in the seventeenth century']. The Study Group Seventeenth Century supports scientific interdisciplinary research of the cultural heritage of the seventeenth-century Netherlands. Research team member Anita Boele was one of the lecturers at this conference and delivered the lecture, entitled 'Wie zorgt er voor grootmoeder? Opvattingen over intergenerationele solidariteit ten tijde van de Republiek' ['Who will take care of grandmother? Opinions about intergenerational solidarity during the Dutch Republic'].

> More info

14-17 July, Green Summer Academy 'Green Poland - Green River', Ciechocinek (Poland) 

Green European Foundation (GEF) hosted a Summer School in Poland between the 14th and 17th of July, in partnership with Heinrich Böll Foundation at Warszaw, and with the support of Fundacja Strefa Zieleni, as part of GEF's annual Summer Universities project. The meeting in Poland offered an opportunity to the participants to discuss some important aspects of the Green political discourse and to look for Green responses to specific challenges in Poland – rivers’ destruction, Białowieża Forest’s logging plan, and other environmental problems. Furthermore, the ongoing global and European challenges were taken into the account, such as climate change and energy transition, refugees’ crisis, Dutch 'No' to Ukraine-EU association agreement, Brexit, TTIP & CETA. The concept of sustainable development was debated with reference to some theoretical approaches, but also to the concrete Green solutions applied in response to economic, social, and political challenges of our time. Tine De Moor was invited speaker at this Summer Academy and delivered a lecture, entitled 'Theory of Commons as a tool of change'.

> More info


6-7 July, Summer School 'Land Governance for Development', Utrecht (The Netherlands)



From 4-15 July, a summer school was organized in Utrecht by the Netherlands Academy for Land Governance (LANDac), a network of organizations interested in how land governance may contribute to sustainable and inclusive development. On 6 and 7 July, Tine De Moor delivered a 2-day session, titled 'Governing the commons', together with Ruth Meinzen‐Dick, Prof. Marco Janssen and Malovika Pawar. 

> More info 

  23 June, Symposium 'Cooperation in the Field', Utrecht University, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

On the 23rd of June, Utrecht University organized a thematic event, focusing on the issue of cooperation. The event was hosted by the researchers affiliated with the Strategic Research Theme 'Institutions for Open Societies'. Keynote lectures were delivered by Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Marco A. Janssen. Tine De Moor was co-organizer of the event and also presided the meeting.

> More info 


20 June, Think Tank session ‘Gent: city of the commons?’, Gent (Belgium)

On 20 June 2016, the independent socio-ecological platform organized a think tank session about the rise of powerful citizens collectives in cities and the opportunities they offer for new partnerships between governments and citizens , with new frameworks and incentives to strengthen the commitment of citizens. Tine De Moor delivered the introductory lecture.  

> More info 

  16 June, KNAW-Symposium 'Citizen Science: De betrokkenheid van burgers in het wetenschappelijke proces', Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

On 16 June 2016, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences organized a mini-symposium on 'Citizen Science: the involvement of citizen in the scientific process', of which Tine De Moor was the initiator and moderator. She also delivered the opening speech of the symposium.

> More info

  2 June, Expert Session ‘The Commons’, Forum on European Culture, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

The Forum on European Culture is a biennial forum on the strength, impact and value of art and culture for Europe, and is an initiative of DutchCulture and De Balie. The Expert Session ‘The Commons’ dealt with the meaning of Commons and how they relate to arts and culture. Tine De Moor was one of the participating experts at this meeting. 

> More info


25 May, Expert Meeting KNAW ‘Moral Sentiments in Modern Society’, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

On 25 May 2016, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences organized an expert meeting about moral sentiments in modern society. Experts discussed about questions like: How should we interpret the relation between moral values and economical order? What is the meaning of moral principles for government and politics? Tine De Moor delivered a lecture at this expert meeting. 

> More info

  19-20 May, Symposium 'Public Private Partnerships for the Governance and Management of Ecosystem Services' , Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Team member Romina Rodela was one of the organizers of the two-day symposium 'Public Private Partnerships for the Governance and Management of Ecosystem Services', hosted by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and supported by the Slovene Research Agency, the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, and Utrecht University. Public-private partnerships (PPP) can take many forms and can involve actors from different spheres – e.g. civil society, private business, environmental NGO (ENGO) - who collaborate together with public bodies on the delivery of public goods and policy targets. PPP are of great interest when it comes to ecosystem services management and governance. When in place and actively engaged in the management of natural resources PPP have an important role in the provision of ecosystem services. At this event, the focus was on commons as a type of PPP. Common-pool resources are inextricably linked with landscapes and are particularly interesting due to their benefits to the general public. At this event it was discussed how commons, while seeking to pursue locally relevant objectives, contribute to the provision and maintenance of ecosystem services (e.g. MAES) and the issues these face will be explored. Keynote lecturer was prof. Catherine Tucker of Indiana University.

> Flyer

  10-13 May, IASC Regional Conference (Europe), Bern University (Switzerland)

From 10-13 May 2016, Bern University hosted the European Regional Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). The central theme of this conference was 'Commons in a "Glocal" World: Global Connections and Local Responses". Team member René van Weeren will be involved in the organization of this conference on part of the IASC Secretariat, Tine De Moor was as President of the IASC one of the invited speakers and chair of one of the conference sessions. Miguel Laborda Péman presented a paper at the conference.

> click here for the conference flyer

  2 May, Colloquium Lecture Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor, as invited lecturer for the Lunch Colloquium Lecture Series of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, will deliver a lecture, entitled 'From care to cable. Market failure and citizens' collectivities in the Netherlands'.

> click here for abstract

  22 April, Workshop 'Commons in Progress', Brussels Academy (Brussels, Belgium)

Tine De Moor was the invited speaker on 22 April at the weekly research lab-meetings. organized by the Brussels Academy, in cooperation with Nele Aernouts and Alessandra Magnanelli from Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research (Free University of Brussels). At these reserach labs, researchers dealing with the concept of the commons deliver lectures to open up a dialogue among researchers and with a wider audience. This allows researchers and scholars addressing commons from different thematic fields to learn from each other, to interact with a wider public, building and advancing a better understanding on the commons.

> click here for more info

  19 April, Symposium New Amsterdam Academy 'Veranderend Burgerschap', Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

On 19 April 2016, the New Amsterdam Academy organized a symposium in the New Amsterdam Academie symposiums series, bringing together academic scholars and artists to  jointly discuss current-day issues. The central theme of this edition was 'Changing Citizenship'. Tine De Moor was the keynote speaker and invited dicussant at this symposium. The New Amsterdam Academy is a joint initiative of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science and Arts and Pakhuis de Zwijger, the latter being 'cultural indendant' related to the current Dutch presidency of the EU.

> More info (in Dutch)

  11 April, WTC 2016 - 4th Vakconferentie Wetenschapscommunicatie, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

On April 11,  NEMO and De Praktijk, in cooperation with Utrecht University, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the VSNU association of universities in the Netherlands, Museon, and technology foundation STW, organized the 4th Vakconferentie Wetenschapscommunicatie [Specialist Conference on Communication in Science], hosted by Utrecht University. The main theme of this year's conference was 'Pijlers van de wetenschapscommunicatie' ['Pillars of communication about science']. Aim of the conference was to search for similaties rather than differences between approaches of communication about science within academic disciplines and institutions and to discern and define the main pillars required for adequate communication about science. Tine De Moor deliver an invited lecture, entitled 'Soigneer je vrijwilligers' ['Take good care of your volunteers'] in session 5, 'Citizen science: iedereen wetenschapper?' ['Citizen science: everyone is a scientist?].

> Conference website [in Dutch]

  30 March-2 April, 11th European Social Science History Conference, Valencia (Spain)

The International Institute for Social History organized the Eleventh European Social Science History conference in Valencia, 30 March-2 April 2016, at the Medical Faculty of the University of Valencia. Anita Boele was organizer of the session 'Why Care? – Intergenerational Support from an Interdisciplinary Perspective' at this conference, which session was chaired by Tine De Moor. Charlotte Störmer presented a paper, entitled '‘Honour your Father and Mother, that your Days may be Long’. Moral Obligations and Family Values in the Early Modern Period (16th-19th Century)', which she co-authored with Anita Boele.

> Conference website
  17 March, Workshop 'Vergrijzing! Hoe houd je je dorp vitaal', Havelte (The Netherlands; in Dutch only)


On March 17, the Studiekring Andragologie [Study Circle Andragology] and the Studiekring Geografie en Planologie [Study Circle of Geography and Planology] of the University of Amsterdam. in cooperation with the Dutch International Platform for Adult Edcuation 'Learn for Life', a one-day symposium on the topic 'Vergrijzing! Hoe houd je je dorp vitaal' ['Ageing! How to preserve the vitality of your village'], at which symposium the focus will be on the conseuqneces ageing has in relation with the population decrease in specific 'shrink areas' of the Netherlands, and the challenges this development entails. Tine De Moor delivered a keynote lecture, entitled 'Is de participatiebeweging de weg vooruit?' ['Is the participation movement the right way ahead?'].

> Flyer workshop [in Dutch]

> More info [in Dutch]

  16 March, Launch RUW ('s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands)

On the 16th of March 2016, the new platform for innovating the public domain in 's-Hertogenbosch, RUW, was launched with a symposium.  The RUW-platform seeks to innovate the city and society through debates, dialogue, and practical initiatives. Tine De Moor delivered a keynote lecture, focusing on the historical perspective of the current emergence of citizines' initiatives.

> More info [in Dutch]

  10 March, Lunch Seminar Prof. Marty Anderies, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

In the Lunch Seminar Series of the Research Group of Social and Economic History at Utrecht University, Prof. Marty Anderies of Arizona State University delivered a lecture on 'Institutions and the performance of Coupled Infrastructure Systems'; the lecture was based on a Working Paper, published in the CBIE Working Paper Series, as well as on another, yet unpublished paper. The lunch seminar was organized and chaired by our team member Charlotte Störmer.

> Working Paper

  3 February, Promotion Sarah Carmichael, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

On 3 February 2016 team member Sarah Carmichael succesfully defended her PhD-thesis, entitled 'Huwelijk, familie en ongelijkheid tussen mannen en vrouwen: Een historische verkenning van de relatie tussen familiesystemen, de positie van de vrouw en het ontwikkelingsproces' ['Marriage, family, and inequality between men and women: A historical exploration of the relations between family systems, the position of women, and development'] at Utrecht University.

> More info


4-5 February, LANDforum 2016, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)


The annual Land Forum creates and consolidates a think tank of private sector representatives, policy makers, practitioners and researchers who together search for new ways to optimize the link between land investments, food security and inclusive and sustainable development. The organizers bring together international stakeholders to explore the potential and constraints of the private sector to contribute to inclusive and sustainable development, focusing on land governance issues. The 2016 forum focused on a number of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that are currently targeted by investors, or where foreign investment plays an important role in expanding the frontier of land investments: Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Mozambique, and Uganda. By creating and consolidating a network, this forum plays an important role in establishing new corridors for exchanging information (between countries, both in the areas of origin and of destination) and making investments more effective for food security, and inclusive and sustainable development. The discussions of the forum will be linked also to discussions about Corporate Social Responsibility, the development of new guidelines, and principles regarding investments in land and land governance and a new post-2015 development framework. Tine De Moor was one of the invited lecturers and participants of this forum.

> Forum webpage

  28 January, LSE Economic History Seminar Lecture, London (United Kingdom)

On 28 January 2016, Tine De Moor delivered a lecture entitled '“Because family and friends got easily weary of taking care”. A new perspective on the specialisation in the elderly care sector in early modern Holland' for the LSE Economic History Seminar series.

> More info
  27 January, Opening symposium 'Geschiedenis & Actualiteit', The Hague (The Netherlands)





On the 27th of January 2016, The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdomrelations hosted the single-day symposium 'Geschiedenis & Actualiteit' ['History and Actuality'], in cooperation with the Huygens ING Institute, The Royal Netherlands Historical Society, and the website This symposium celebrated the launch of the 'Platform Geschiedenis & Actualiteit'],  a platform which will offer academics the opportunity to reflect on present-day societal issues, based on academic research, as 'the past' currently is widely used in debates on present-day issues: not only is it used as an argument in those discussions, our current-day institutions and actions are usually the effect of historical developments, or at least have historical resemblances. This platform aims to promote the structural use of academic knowledge on 'the past' in discussing and maybe even solving current societal or policy issues. Team member Anita Boele was one of the invited speakers. The main theme of the symposium was 'Legitimiteit van toezichthoudende en uitvoerende organen' ['Legitimacy of supervisory and executive bodies'].

> More info

> Flyer symposium

20 January, lecture “The ‘original’ commons. From today to history and back again” at INDIGO international symposium “Ploughing up the landed commons”, Leuven (Belgium)

The INDIGO project is an inter- and transdisciplinary project, which is coordinated by the KU Leuven and puts the discussion about shared land uses, land property and use rights within the interdisciplinary context of ownership regimes and the ‘governance of the commons’. On 20 January the INDIGO project organized a seminar which aimed to reinforce the theoretical and methodological foundations of the research project. The practical ambition was to bring together and organize a dialogue between innovative perspectives on the Landed Commons and publish them in internationally cited publications. Tine De Moor delivered a lecture, titled: “The ‘original’ commons. From today to history and back again: Linking the historical debate about the long-term evolution of commons to the present-day debates on common-pool resources.”

> More info

  4 December, Congress Commons: Citizens, Law and Governments, Brussels (Belgium)

On 4 December 2015, the independent socio-ecological platform organized the one-day conference ‘Commons: Citizens, Law and Governments’ in the Royal Library in Brussels. The focus of this conference was on the challenges new forms of cooperation, such as commons, have to offer, as well as the challenges they have to face. The program involved not only lectures by renown scholars (among whom Tine De Moor) in the field of commons, but also presentations of practical examples of such new initiatives.

> Click here for more info


November 26, Seminar Lecture Research Group Economic and Social History, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Team members Corry Gellatly and Charlotte Störmer delivered a seminar lecture, entitled 'Til Death Us Do Part: A Comparative Study of Marriage and Longevity Using Historical Population Datasets' in the lunch seminar series of the Research Group Economic and Social History of the Department for History and Art History at Utrecht University.

> Click here for more info

  November 26, Debate 'Wat kunnen burgers doen voor het weidelandschap?' ['What can citizens do to preserve the meadows?'], Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)(in Dutch only)

On 26 November 2015 the organization King of the Meadows organized a public debate in Leeuwarden on ‘Commons en Mienskip’ ['Commons and community sense'], inviting farmers, citizens, and scientists to discuss the role of communities in preserving the landscape and enhancing biodiversity. Tine De Moor proivded a lecture on the history and the current status of commons within our society. More info [in Dutch] can be found  via this link.

  17 November, Think Tank Session on collective action in care and living, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

On Tuesday 17 November 2015 the Knowledge Centre Institutions of the Open Society (Utrecht University) in collaboration with the Aedes-Actiz Knowledge Centre and the Stichting Omzien organized a meeting about current and future research topics related to the study of cooperatives in welfare, care and living. Main theme of the meeting was the discussion of the Research Agenda and the practical implications of this Agenda for the coming years. The program also included several workshops about issues such as the application of new network principles , the ‘right to challenge’, the cooperation between care organizations and care cooperatives and the added value of cooperatives. Click here for reports of these meetings.
  6-7 November, 1st IASC Thematic Conference on Urban Commons 'The City as a Commons' (Bologna, Italy)

On 6-7 November 2015 the Laboratory for the Governance of Commons (LabGov) and the Urban Law Center of Fordham University jointly hosted the 1st Thematic Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) on Urban Commons, entitled 'The City As A Commons: Reconceiving Urban Space, Common Goods And City Governance'. This conference brought together well over 150 leading scholars, researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and social innovators to take stock of the developments in the interdisciplinary study of the urban commons and related questions of urban governance. Participants from a wide range of disciplines delivered over 80 presentations on the subject. Tine De Moor was member of the Advisoray Board of this conference and also delivered the opening keynote lecture of the conference. Team member René van Weeren supported the conference on behalf of the Secretariat of the IASC.

> Click here for the conference webpage

  October 30-31, Conference 'Poverty: Problem and Path', Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

This two-day international conference, organized by the Fachstelle Franziskanische Forschung and hosted by Utrecht University, was the second of two international conferences on poverty. Having a long history both as a socio-economic problem and as a spiritual solution, poverty was discussed here from different scientific as well as social perspectives. Theologians, historians, social scientists and others discussed the issue of poverty as one of the ‘wicked problems’ of today’s world; the human conditions and practices behind it; possible solutions to the problem of poverty; and poverty as a solution in itself – as a voluntary spirituality. Team member Anita Boele was one of the speakers at this conference.

> Click here for more info

  October 15, Seminar Lecture Research Group Economic and Social History, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Team members Anita Boele and Tine De Moor delivered a seminar lecture, entitled 'Premarital Cohabitation in Early Modern Amsterdam' in the lunch seminar series of the Research Group Economic and Social History of the Department for History and Art History at Utrecht University.

> click here for more info

  October 14, Symposium 'The road to a sustainable labour market' (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

On 14 October 2015, Utrecht University organized the symposium 'Blik op Wetenschap: op weg naar een duurzame arbeidsmarkt' ['View on science: the road to a sustainable labour market']. The focus of this symposium was  on exploring which changes in legislation and regulation are required and/or desired to establish a sustainable labour market. Attention was also paid to the changing roles of the various participants of the labour market. The symposium was based on a publication by six professors from various disciplines within Utrecht University: Paul Boselie (Strategic Human Resource), Tanja van der Lippe (Sociology of households and labour relations), Tine De Moor (Economic and Social History), Frans Pennings (Labour Law and Social Insurance Law), Joop Schippers (Labour Economy) en Toon Taris (Psychology of Labour and Health); the publication was be presented at this symposium. Next to the authors Joop Schippers, Paul Boselie, and Tine De Moor, keynote speaker Mariëtte Hamer (Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands, SER),  reflected on this publication.

> Click here for more info

> Click here for the publication

  October 7, Seminar Lecture Section Economic, Social and Demographic History of the Department of History of Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Team member Charlotte Störmer delivered a seminar lecture, entitled 'European Marriage Ages in the Past - Patterns and Trends' in the Seminar Lecture Series of the Section Economic, Social and Demographic History of the Department of History of Radboud University.

> click here for more info


October 5, Symposium 'De Avond van Wetenschap en Maatschappij'

The Stichting De Avond van Wetenschap en Maatschappij [Foundation The Evening of Science and Society] annually invites 280 prominent people from the fields of science, business, politics, arts, culture, media, and sports, in order to highlight the societal importance of science by showing how science is being used in every-day life. The theme of this year's symposium was 'Faith in science'; the discussants focused on the issue of what will be the 'big question' to be answered in their fields of expertise within the next 20 years. Tine De Moor was one of the experts from the field of science participating in these discussions, Anita Boele was mediator at this conference.

> click here for more info

  August 3-7, XVIIth World Economic History Congress (Kyoto, Japan)

Team members Charlotte Störmer, Corry Gellatly, and Anita Boele organized a session, entitled 'Evolution in History: Applying Biological and Demographic Concepts to Explain Economic Decision Making in Global History' (session code: S20061) at the World Economic History Conference in Kyoto in August 2015. This session focused on the emergence and role of institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective; this includes macro-level institutions, such as religious, political, or administrative structures, but also micro-level institutions, such as the family or community, trade and business organisations, 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.

> Click here for the conference webpage

  July, 1-3, British Society of Gerontology Conference 'Ageing in Changing Times: Challenges and Future Prospects' (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom)

The Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria will jointly host the British Society of Gerontology’s (BSG) 2015 annual conference. The conference theme is 'Ageing in changing times: challenges and future prospects', and will be held in Northumbria University's Business School, Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England, from 1-3 July 2015. Conference sub-themes are health and wellbeing, age-friendly communities, methodological approaches to researching later life, society and economy, arts, culture and ageing, and  technologies for ageing

. Our research team members Corry Gellatly and  Charlotte Störmer will jointly present a paper on the longevity advantage of marriage, using French historical data.

> Click here for the conference webpage

  June 17, Workshop 'Understanding cooperation: a multidisciplinary perspective', Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

On June 17, Utrecht University hosted the multidisciplinary workshop 'Understanding cooperation: a multidisciplinary perspective'. This one-day-workshop formed part of Utrecht University's strategic reserach theme 'Institutions'. Researchers from various disciplines within Utrecht University, joined by representatives of the Dutch Council for Cooperatives discussed on the mechanisms behind collective action and cooperation, using both historical and present-day examples.

> Click here for more info

  June 10, 4th Think Tank Session 'Cooperation in care: factors of failure and success', Utrecht University i.c.w. Aedes-Actiz knowledge centre for housing and care (Utrecht, The Netherlands; invitational workshop)

The Research Team 'Institutions for Collective Action' of Utrecht University, in cooperation with the Aedes-Actiz knowledge centre for housing and care jointly organized the 4th Think Tank Session on cooperation in care. This time, the focus will be on factors of failure and success in the cooperation between the 'new' care cooperatives and the 'traditional' care institutions. Starting point of the discussion were the results of a survey performed by Utrecht University and Aedes-Actiz eralier this year. The workshop was on invitation only. 
  May 25-29, XVth Biennial Conference of the  International Association for the Study of the Commons, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)

From May 25 up until May 29, 2015, the University of Alberta hosted the XVth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). The 2015 conference focused on many kinds of common pool resources including fisheries, forests, and water resources as well as on emergent problems of social and environmental change. Participants in the conference shared ideas, evidence, and practical solutions on questions of poverty, food security, social-ecological resilience, effective governance, human rights, indigenous knowledge, sustainable natural resource development, and climate change. Tine De Moor, current president of the IASC, delivered several lectures at the opening and closing ceremonies and handed out the Elinor Ostrom Award for young scholars 2015 to winner Scott Shackleton. Research team member Miguel Laborda Pemán chaired the session 'Back to    the future: commons from a long-term perspective', at which session he also presented his paper, entitled 'Village federations: robust nested governance in   Northern Spain (Navarre, 14th-20th centuries). In the same session, Tine De Moor presented her paper, entitled 'The Common Rules Project. Towards a common language to analyze and interprete commons' regulations in historical Europe', whereas affiliated researcher Joana Dias Pereira presented her paper 'Cooperation facing liberalism: crisis and war: one hundred years of Portuguese cooperative experiences (1834-1934)'. René van Weeren and Tine De Moor were also closely involved with the preparation of the conference and both organized, together with Simone Buratti, executive director of the IASC, the Membership Meeting of the IASC during this conference.

> Click here for the conference webpage

  May 4, Govenpro Seminar lecture, EHESS (Paris, France)

Tine De Moor delivered an invited seminar lecture in the Govenpro Serminar lecture series at EHESS.

  April 24-25, Conference 'Considering Women in the Early Modern Low Countries', Rubenianum, Antwerp (Belgium)

On April 24 and April 25  of 2015, the Rubenianum in Antwerp hosted a two-day conference entitled 'Considering Women in the Early Modern Low Countries'. This interdisciplinary event brought together twenty-six international scholars to present their current research and to develop new approaches to the study of women and gender in the Low Countries from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Tine De Moor was one of the scholars presenting their research by delivering her lecture, entitled 'Yes, I do! Marriage Patterns in Early Modern Amsterdam'.

> Conference webpage

  April 7, Conference 'Coöperatief ondernemerschap in de private en publieke sector', Tilburg (The Netherlands)

TIAS School for Business and Society, in co-operation with the Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenten [Association of Netherlands Municipalities] and the Nationale Coöperatieve Raad [National Council for Cooperatives], jointly hosted the conference  'Coöperatief ondernemerschap in de private en publieke sector' ['Cooperative entrepreneurship in the private and public sector'] on April 7, 2015. At this conference, attention was paid to cooperatives in various fields, such as care, energy, housing, as well as to a variety of forms of  cooperatives, such as consumers' cooperatives, inter-municipal coopratives, credit associations, and regional cooperatives. The focus was on various themes such as members' involvement, management and governance, and legal and fiscal issues. Tine De Moor was one of the invited speakers at this conference.

> Conference webpage


March 26-28, The Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Berlin (Germany) 

From March 26 until March 29, 2015, the Renaissance Society of America held its annual meeting in Berlin, hosted by the Humboldt University at Berlin. Team member Anita Boele  presented a paper, entitled 'Making a Better World: Sixteenth-Century Solutions to the Problem of Poverty' at this conference.

> Conference webpage
  March 12, Conference 'Citizenship 3.0. Towards a new understanding of the role of citizens in the 21st century', Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

At the final conference of the Citizenship 3.0 project, leading scholars discussed how to conceptualise and investigate various forms of self-organisation, participation, and governance by citizens. The conference brought together experts from different disciplines and interested citizens, exploring the fundamental implications of the change from a representative democracy towards new forms of cooperation, democracy, and governance with entirely different contours and dynamics. The aim of the conference was to discuss the development of self-organisation by citizens, political participation, and participatory governance as tools to investigate new roles for citizens and governments. Tine De Moor was one of the invited speakers at this conference.

> Conference webpage


February 12, Expert Workshop 'Using Genealogical Data in Scientific Research'

On the 12th of February, our research team organized an invitational Expert Workshop on the issue of using genealogical data for scientific purposes. This workshop was attended by experts on the use of genealogical data from various universities and representatives of collectives of genealogists. Part of the workshop was a seminar lecture by dr. Neil Cummins of the London School of Economics. Corry Gellatly was the main organizer of this workshop, both Corry and Tine De Moor also chaired part of the workshop. Team members Charlotte Störmer, Anita Boele, and René van Weeren were among the invited participants.

> Click here for workshop webpage






December 18-20, CGEH Conference 'Deep Causes of Economic Development', Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

From 18 until 20 December 2014, the CGEH Conference 'Deep Causes of Economic Development' was held at Utrecht University. This international conference focused on the long-term relation between development and informal institutions, with a particular focus on family organisation and the decision making power of women, both at the micro and the macro level. Tine De Moor was commentator at one of the conference sessions. Team member Sarah Carmichael was involved in organizing this conference, and also was co-presenter (together with Selin Dilli and Lotte van der Vleuten) of a conference paper, focusing on the case of India.

> Click here for conference webpage

> Click here for conference program




December 12, Presentation Visitors Council, Amsterdam City Archives

Tine De Moor and René van Weeren were invited to the quarterly meeting of the Visistors Council of the Amsterdam City Archives to give a presentation on the backgrounds and the first, preliminary results of the Project 'Ja, ik wil!' ['Yes, I do!'].




November 15, Conference Landelijke Bewonersdag 'De regie terug!', Enschede (The Netherlands)

The 2015 theme of the Dutch National Householders' Day was: ' The Return of control'. The event was a convention of those interested in new and innovative citizens' initiatives in housing, which may offer small-scale individual alternatives on a local basis to regular housing arrangements offered by state or market. Lectures by both academics and practicioners formed part of this convention, among whom research team member Anita Boele, who delivered a lecture, entitled 'The times they are a-changin’? Zelforganiserende en actieve burgers in de vroegmoderne Nederlanden' ['The times they are a-changin’? Self-organizing and active citizens in the early modern Low Countries'].

> Click here for convention webpage [in Dutch]




October 30-31, Workshop 'Common People, Common Rules. Institutions and self-governance in historical perspective', Public University of Navarra, Pamplona-Iruñea (Spain)

Josemiguel Lana from the Public University of Navarra, in cooperation with Miguel Laborda Pemán of Utrecht University, in cooperation with Utrecht University and Lancaster University organized a two-day workshop focussing on institutions for collective action, that are self-governing and self-regulating in historical perspective. At the workshop much attention was 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. Tine De Moor, Josemiguel Lana, Miguel Laborda Pemán, and Angus Winchester all chaired a session of this workshop. Together with René van Weeren they also presented an introductory lecture on the project 'Common Rules'. Miguel Laborda Pemán presented a paper, entitled 'One Thousand Years of Cooperation. The Institutional Determinants of Resilient Common-Property Regimes (Navarra, Spain, 14th-20th Centuries)', he wrote together with Vicente Cendrero Aldomóvar (University of Castille-La Mancha) and Josemiguel Lana. Josemiguel Lana was also one of the authors (together with Franisco Beltrán Tapia of Cambridge University and Iñiaki Iriarte Goñi of the University of Zaragoza) of the paper 'Hope of Recovery: Struggles around Communal Property Rights in Spain, 1931-1936'.

> Click here for the conference webpage 

> Click here for the program and the conference papers




October 11, Symposium 'Commons' (Ghent, Belgium)

Tine De Moor delivered a lecture at the Symposium 'Commons', which is part of the educational course 'Ecological philosophy and politics' of Aarde-Werk.




October 10, Third Think Tank Session 'Vergrijzing: probleem of kans voor Lokale Kracht?', Utrecht (The Netherlands)

On October 10, 2014, the Knowledge centre Institutions for the Open Society of Utrecht University, in co-operation with Aedes-Actiz Knowledge Centre on housing and care organized the Third Think Tank Session on the issue of an ageing population in relation to the emergence of new initiatives in housing and care. The Think Tank Session was focused on the search for new opportunities for collective action for the elderly, aiming to solve the problems caused by an ageing population and increased need for care. Invited speaker David Reher (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) lectured on the long-term European perspective and pointed out the differences between Northwest-Europe and southern European countries,whereas George de Kam (University of Groningen) focused on recent developments in The Netherlands in the fields of housing and care and on the effectiveness of new initiatives. Tine De Moor and Anita Boele of our research team were co-organizers of this meeting.

> Click here for more info [ In Dutch]




October 8, Famillement 2014 (Leiden, The Netherlands)

René van Weeren presented the project 'Ja, ik wil!' on the public genealogy event of 'Famillement 2014', organized by Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken [Heritage of Leiden and Surroundings]

> click here for website [in Dutch]




September 25, Divosa Lecture 'Leren van het buitenland en van het verleden', Free University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

The Free University of Amsterdam, in cooperation with Divosa, organizes a new series of lectures on the transition from welfare state to participation society. The lectures delivered in these series focus on theoretical analyses and new horizons, but also focus on current-day management issues. The lectures are primarily intended for key players in local and regional decentralization processes. In the two lectures of September 25, 2014, entitled (translated) 'Lessons from abroad and from the past', prof. Tine De Moor (Utrecht University) focused on the institutionalization of collective action, both in the past and today, whereas prof. Paul Dekker (University of Twente) focused on the emergence and development of civil society.

Click here for more info [in Dutch]

Click here for the program [pdf, in Dutch]




September 19, ZLTO Dag van de Coöperatie 2014 'Alles draait om delen en doen' ('s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands)

The theme of the 'Day of the Cooperative' for 2014 was 'everything evolves around sharing and acting'. During this one-day conference, participants had the opportunity to share and exchange ideas about the opporunities cooperatives have to offer for present-day issues. Tine De Moor delivered the closing lecture of this conference.

Click here for more info [in Dutch]




September 16-19, IASC 3rd European Meeting, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Umeå, Sweden)

From September 16 until September 19, 2014, the 3rd European meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) was held in Umea, 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. Tine De Moor presented a paper, entitled 'Three waves of Cooperation. A Millennium of Institutions for Collective Actions in European Perspective' and presented a summary of the meeting at the Closing Ceremony. Miguel Laborda Pemán presented a paper, entitled 'Back to the Future: The Institutional Determinants of Cooperation in Pre-Industrial Spain.'. Affiliated researcher Josemiguel Lana presented his paper, entiled 'Memory and Recovery of the Commons. Multi-level Interactions and Land Ownership in 1930’s Spain'

> Click here for the conference website

> Click here for the paper by Miguel Laborda Pemán et al

> Click here for the paper by Josemiguel Lana et al




August 27-29, 5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

The IST conference is the central venue for scholars to share theoretical and empirical advances in the field of sustainability transitions: transformations of major socio-technical systems such as energy, water, transportation, and food towards more sustainable ways of production and consumption. Tine De Moor, as one of the keynote speakers at this conference, delivered a keynote lecture entitled 'More of the same? Present-day institutional innovation seen in the light of European History'. The conference is part of the activities of the STRN network and linked to Elsevier’s journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

> Click here for more info




August 21-23, 18th Annual Congress of the European Business History Association (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Several team members were involved in the organization of or took part in the 18th Annual Congress of the European Business History Association, hosted by Utrecht University in cooperation with the International Institute for Social History (IISH); this year's theme was 'Comparative Business History; Contrasting Regions, Sectors, and Centuries'. Winny Bierman was the congress secretary and in charge of all the practical details of the conference. Tine De Moor was one of the invited speakers at the opening session and debate of the conference and discussant at one of the sessions on cooperatives. Felix Meier zu Selhausen presented a paper, entitled 'What determines women’s participation in and within cooperatives? Evidence from a coffee cooperative in Uganda'.

> click here for the conference website

> click here for the conference paper by Fleix Meier zu Selhausen

> click here for the conference discussion paper by Tine De Moor




July 19, 25e Gentse Feestendebatten (Ghent, Belgium)

Tine De Moor was one of the invited speakers at the debate sessions 'Zonder dwarsliggers kunnen de treinen niet rijden', which forms part of the annual Gentse Feesten.

> Click here for website [In Dutch]




July 15-18, Conference Academia Europaea (Barcelona, Spain)

Tine De Moor, member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE), attended the annual meeting of the YAE in Barcelona (July 15) and participated in the Annual General Conference of the Academia Europaea (July 16-18), entitled 'Young Europe: realities, dilemma's and opportunities for the new generation', hosted by the Barcelona Knowledge Hub. She presented a paper, entitled 'Cooperating for the future. The formation of citizens’ collectivities in the perspective of Europe’s past and present'

> Click here for conference website

> Click here for abstract of the paper presentation




June 29 - July 2, Workshop Deel& Ulrum (Ulrum, The Netherlands)


Thanks to the hospitality of the project Deel& Ulrum, our team members stayed some days at one of its project locations: Huize Luth in Ulrum.  The Deel& Ulrum project aims to transfer the village of Ulrum into a future-proof village, well in line with the current and future needs of its inhabitants. To obtain this goal, the project hosts various types of guests, who are invited to share their experiences and ideas on this issue with the local participants of the poject. During the team stay, our research team talked with representatives of some of the local intitiatives and shared our suggestions about making citizens' initiatives durable.

> Click here for the announcement




June 18-21, Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop 5 (WOW5) (Bloomington, IN, USA)

Tine De Moor was organizer of the Working Group 'Commons in Historical Perspective' at the 5th Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop. The WOW conference is an event held every five years by The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

> Click here for conference website




June 5-6, Posthumus Conference (Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)

Anita Boele delivered the lecture "'If anyone sees his brother in need..." Cultural expectations about family and community responsibilities to the poor (the Netherlands, 15th-17th century)', based on her PhD thesis, at the annual Posthumus Conference. The 2014 conference was hosted by the Fryske Akademy in Leeuwarden. Miguel Laborda Pemán presented his paper 'Guilds and Skills. The Urban Economies of Italy and the Low Countries Compared, 12th-19th centuries'. Tine De Moor was discussant at one of the PhD sessions.

> Click here for conference website




June 2, Keynote lecture Emmanuel Todd (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Sarah Carmichael was one of the co-organizers of the keynote lecture, delivered by Emmanuel Todd at Utrecht University. The lecture was organized in cooperation with Utrecht University and the N.W. Posthumus Institute

> Click here for more info



May 8-9, International Research and Policy Seminar 'Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship: Which Policies & Practices Work Best?' (Maastricht, The Netherlands)
Team member Felix Meier zu Selhausen co-presented a paper at this seminar with Erik Stam, entitled 'Husbands and Wives. The powers and perils of participation in a microfinance cooperative for female entrepreneurs'.

> Click here for seminar website



April 27, Meeting 'Het Groene Boek #4' (Brussels, Belgium)

Tine De Moor was one of the invited lecturers at this meeting, organized by a number of Flemish organisations involved in the transition to a socio-ecological society. Green Book Meetings are a platform for exchange of ideas and debates on themes regarding the transition to a soci0-ecological society, focusing on consciousness, innovative ideas, and an open dialogue.

> Click here for website



April 23-26, European Social Science History Conference (Vienna, Austria)

Richard Zijdeman and Tine De Moor together presented a paper, entitled 'Making the Household Work. Non-kin Deployment as a Survival Strategy in the Early Modern Household (The Netherlands, 18th Century)' at the biennial European Social Science History Conference. Team member Charlotte Störmer was discussant in the session on 'Childhood Crises and Later Outcomes' and together with Kai Willführ she was co-presenting a paper at the conference , entitled 'Reproductive Behavior of Landless Agricultural Workers, Small Farmers and of the Economic Elite in the Historical Krummhörn Region (East Frisia, Germany, 1720-1874)'. Miguel Laborda Pemán presented a paper, entitled 'Cooperating for the Market. The expansion of craft guilds in Italy and the Low Countries, 1000-1750'.

> Click here for conference website

> Click here for the conference paper by De Moor and Zijdeman

> Click here for the abstract of the paper by Willführ and Störmer

> Click here for the conference paper by Laborda Péman



April 4, Research Seminar, Seminar Series on European History (1300-1700), Leiden University (The Netherlands)

Anita Boele delivered a lecture for the Leiden University Seminar Series on European History (1300-1700), on premodern concepts on solidarity and charity in the Low Countries.

> Click here for more info



March 19, Conference Aedes-Actiz Knowledge Centre for housing and care 'Lokale Kracht: the next step' ('s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands)

Team members Anita Boele and Tine De Moor both participated in this conference. Tine De Moor was one of the lecturers in the first series of lectures on the co-operation between local initiatives and local government ('Lokale kracht en lokale overheid; samen sterk?!', Anita Boele was one of the lecturers in the second series of lectures, focusing on initiating and controlling local citizens' initiatives ('Wijk- en dorpskracht; over ontketenen en begrenzen').

> Click here for conference leaflet


March 13, Introductory Meeting Project 'Ja, ik wil!', Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Anita Boele, Tine De Moor, and René van Weeren organized, with the assistance of Fiene Leunissen, an introductory meeting for participants of the crowdsourcing concept 'Vele Handen' [transl. 'Many Hands'], in particular for those involved in the project 'Ja, ik wil!' [transl. 'Yes, I do!']. At this meeting, Tine De Moor delivered the public lecture 'Vrouwen & trouwen in vroegmodern Europe' [transl. 'Women and marriage in early-modern Europe'].

> Click here for an impression [in Dutch]


March 7, Workshop 'Historical Social Mobility in a Global Perspective', Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Felix Meier zu Selhausen co-presented, together with Marco van Leeuwen and Jacob Weisdorf, a paper, entitled 'From Farmers to Clerks: Intergenerational social mobility in colonial and post-colonial Uganda, 1895-2010' at the Workshop 'Historical Social Mobility in a Global Perspective, jointly organized by the Departments of Sociology and of Economic and Social History of Utrecht University

> Click here for the workshop program (pdf)


March 6, Invitational Seminar 'Lokale participatie in het sociale domein', Verwey-Jonker Instituut (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was one of the invited speakers at this invitational seminar, organized by the Verwey-Jonker Institute, an independent national organisation for social scientific research.

> Click here for seminar program and info [in Dutch]


February 28, Seminar 'Citizenship and Co-operation - Trend or Hype?' (Start Seminar Series 'Citizenship 3.0'), Knowledge Centre Institutions of the Open Society in co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was one of the keynote speakers at this first of a series of seminars organized by Utrecht University’s interdisciplinary research group ‘Institutions: Understanding the Dynamics of Open Societies’ in cooperation with and under the aegis of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam. The focus of the first seminar was on the growing prevalence of informal, horizontal forms of cooperation by active, self-organizing citizens who seek to promote the collective interests of the participants in the absence of any government intervention.

> Click here for more info


February 26, Seminar lecture for the Oxford Economic & Social History Graduate Workshop (Oxford, UK)

Miguel Laborda Pemán presented a paper, entitled 'Drifting-away Craftsmen? Guilds and Skills in the Little Divergence, 1200-1800' at the seminar series of the Oxford Economic & Social History Graduate Workshop at Nuffield College, Oxford University.


February 19-21, Workshop 'Population Reconstruction', International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Research team member Corry Gellatly presented a paper on reconstructing historical populations from genealogical data.

> Click here for webpage about this workshop

> Click here for conference paper Corry Gellatly

> Click here for Powerpoint presentation Corry Gellatly


February 12, Debate 'Science in Transition' (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was one of the speakers and participants in this debate of the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University, organized in cooperation with the Centre for the Humanities.

February 12, Workshop 'From welfare state to welfare society. New roles for citizens' agencies and governments', Scientific Council for Government Policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid) (The Hague, The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was invited expert and delivered the introductory speech for this closed workshop of the WRR. Keynote speaker at this meeting was Harry Boyte, co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN, USA).


February 5, Convention Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenten 'Slim Samenwerken Dag' (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was invited lecturer at the 'Slim Samenwerken Dag' ['Day of Smart Cooperation'] of the Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenten.

> Click here for convention website


January 30, Second Think Tank Session 'Lokale Kracht: voorbij het applaus' (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

On 30 January 2014, the Knowledge Centre Institutions of the Open Society at Utrecht University and the Aedes-Actiz knowledge centre for housing and care organized the Second Think Tank Session 'Lokale Kracht, voorbij het applaus'. At this meeting, scientists, professionals, and representatives of citizen's collectivities discussed the dilemmas and other issues concerning citizens' collectivities for housing, well-being, and care. Tine De Moor was one of the co-organizers and also one of the co-chairs of this meeting. Winny Bierman was involved in the organization, Anita Boele (speaking on behalf of The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP)) was one of the invited lecturers.

> Click here for workshop program [in Dutch]

January 23, Book launch 'Stedelingen veranderen de stad' (Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

On January 23, 2014, the new book Stedelingen veranderen de stad. Over nieuwe collectieven, publiek domein en transitie, written by Mariska van den Berg, has been launched. The book contains, next to an essay by the author, about 20 case studies of citizens' collectivities in The Netherlands and abroad. The book also contains interviews with several experts, among whom Tine De Moor. Tine De Moor also participated in the discussion panel at this launch meeting.

> Click here for webpage about this book launch

> Click here for editor's information on this book


January 15, Symposium 'Radicalizing the local' (Freehouse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Tine de Moor was one of the key-note speakers at this three-day conference (January 15-17, 2014), organized by Freehouse and celebrating the final transfer of the neighbourhood management of the Afrikaanderwijk in Rotterdam to a local cooperative of citizens.

> Conference webpage

> Program (pdf)

December 19, Seminar of Economic History (University of Zaragoza, School of Economics and Business, Spain)

At this seminar, Miguel Laborda Pemán presented his paper entitled 'The Rise of Craft Guilds. The Urban Economies of the Low Countries and Italy compared, 1100-1800'.




December 12, Zesde Dag van de Historische Demografie (Ghent University, Belgium)

At this one-day conference on historical demography, Tine De Moor and Richard Zijdeman presented their paper on non-kin deployment as a survival strategy in the early modern household.



December 5, Lecture 'Homo Cooperans. Institutions for collective action and the compassionate society' (Lund University, Sweden)

Invited lecture by Tine De Moor.



December 4, Lecture 'Homo Cooperans. Institutions for collective action and the compassionate society' (Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden)

Invited lecture by Tine De Moor.


November 29, Workshop 'Historische vergelijkingen voor hedendaags gebruik' (The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), The Hague, The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was one of the invited experts at this closed workshop on 'historical comparisons for present-day use'.


November 28, Seminar lecture 'Making the household work' (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

During this lunch seminar, Tine De Moor and Richard Zijdeman presented a first draft version of their paper, entitled 'Making the household work: non-kin deployment as coping mechanism for nuclear hardship in economic households (Gilze and Rijen, The Netherlands, 18th century)'. This seminar lecture was part of the Fall series of lunch seminars of the research group Social and Economic History of Utrecht University.



November 21, Seminar lecture Silvana Maubrigades on 'Marriage Patterns in Latin America' (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

During this lunch seminar, visiting PhD candidate Silvana Maubrigades (Universidad de la Républica, Montevideo, Uruguay) presented a first version of her paper on marriage patterns in Latin America. This seminar lecture was part of the Fall series of lunch seminars of the research group Social and Economic History of Utrecht University.



October 17, Think Tank Session 'Collectivities in Care' (Utrecht University in cooperation with Aedes-Actiz, The Netherlands)

In order to bring theory, practice and policy implications together, the Aedes-Actiz knowledge centre for living, well-being and care and the Institutions for Collective Action Research-team of Utrecht University addressed this topic in a joint effort by organizing a Think Tank Session. Winny Bierman and Tine De Moor were co-organizers of this event. Tine De Moor also delivered a lecture about the concept of the homo cooperans.

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October 3, Seminar lecture on 'How much did English women earn in the past?' (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

During this lunch seminar, Professor Jacob Weisdorf (University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark) presented on the research by Prof. Jane Humphries (University of Oxford) and himself on female wages in England, from before the Black Death through the Industrial Revolution. This seminar lecture was part of the Fall series of lunch seminars of the research group Social and Economic History of Utrecht University.



October 3, Lecture on 'Cooperaties: het businessmodel voor 2020?' (Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands)

Prof. Tine De Moor and Prof. Ruud Huirne (Wageningen University and Research / Rabobank) both lectured on the economic role of cooperatives within the near future. This lectures were organized as part of the Wereldlezing-lecture series.

> Click here for more info



October 3, Workshop '25 jaar Amsterdams Steunpunt Wonen' (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor was one of the keynote speakers at this workshop, organized by the Amsterdams Steunpunt Wonen on occasion of their 25th anniversary. Other spearkers were (a.o.) Freek Ossel (on behalf of the municipal government of Amsterdam) and Conny Heemskerk (on behalf of the housing corporation Ymere).

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September 6-7, European Historical Economics Society Conference (London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom)

Tine De Moor and Miguel Laborda Pemán both participatedin this conference. Tine presented a paper she co-authored with Annemarie Bouman on 'The Commercial Household', whereas Miguel presented his paper on the economic impact of craft guilds system in Italian and Dutch cities.

> Click here for the conference website

> Click here for the conference paper by Tine De Moor (pdf)

> Click here for the conference paper by Miguel Laborda Pemán (pdf)



August 19-22, EURHO Rural History Conference 2013, University of Bern (Switzerland)

Miguel Laborda Pemán, René van Weeren, Tine De Moor, as well as affiliated researchers Jose-Miguel Lana Berasain, Angus Winchester, and Gabriela Landolt participated in the Rural History Conference 2013, organized by EURHO. Miguel Laborda Pemán presented a paper he co-authored with Jose-Miguel Lana Berasain on Institutional diversity and polycentric governance in northern Spain. Tine De Moor presented a paper (co-authored with Annelies Tukker) on the relationship between institutional longevity and sanctioning in the early modern times and also chaired one of the two sessions on 'Ruling the Commons'. In this session, affiliated researcher Gabriela Landolt delivered her presentation on the transformation of common property rights in alpine farming in early modern and modern times.

> click here for the overview of conference presentations

> click here for the conference paper of Miguel Laborda Pemán and José-Miguel Lana Berasain (pdf)

> click here for the conference paper of Tine De Moor and Annelies Tukker (pdf)

> click here for the conference paper of Gabriela Landolt (pdf)



July 26, Debates series 'Zonder dwarsliggers kan de trein niet rijden', Gentse Feesten 2013, Ghent (Belgium)

Tine De Moor participated as invited expert in the debate 'De grote energiezwendel van Electrabel en Co: wij worden allen opgelicht!' on the developments on the Belgian energy market and the role of consumer cooperatives.

> click here for the website of the debates series [in Dutch]



June 18, Utrecht Science Park Knowledge Debate, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor participated in a debate on the decreasing involvement of government, the emergence of collective initiatives, and the role both citizens and the governement should have within this process. Other participants were prof. Helianthe Kort (University of Professional Education Utrecht / Eindhoven University of Technology), Thekla Teunis (Move Foundation), Peter Steijn (program director Sustainability of the City of Utrecht), and Jiska de Wit (Unovate / Utrecht University Medical Centre)). The debate was organized for a thematic week on sustainable innovation within the city of Utrecht by Utrecht University, the University of Professional Education Utrecht, the Utrecht Valorisation Center, and Utrecht Science Park Foundation.



May 14-15, Intensive Workshop 'Using the Cambridge Group Family Reconstitutions', University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Felix Meier zu Selhausen, Tine De Moor, Jacob Weisdorf, and Richard Zijdeman participated in this workshop on the use of the so-called CAMPOP-date. Richard Zijdeman was also one of the organizers of this workshop. Jacob Weisdorf gave a presentation of 'Examples of Research projects with Campop data' and was co-presenter together with Felix Meier zu Selhausen of a presentation entitled 'Out of Africa - new data for exploring Africa's long-term welfare development, 1895-2010'.

> click here for info on the project 'Out of Africa'



April 23, Humanities Lectures, Graduate School of Humanities, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor gave a lecture on 'Dealing with the Digital World' for the research master students of the Graduate School of Humanities at Utrecht University.

> click here for an abstract of this lecture



March 21, Seminars in Economic History Series, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Annemarie Bouman and Tine De Moor together presented the paper The Commercial household. Market alternatives to intergenerational support in an EMP-area (the Netherlands, 17th century)' at the Seminars in Economic History Series (Spring) of the Research Institute for History and Culture at Utrecht University.

> click here for the seminar paper



March 14, Seminars in Economic History Series, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Miguel Laborda Pemán presented his paper 'The Economic Impact of the Craft Guilds: A Quantitative Analysis for Dutch and Italian Cities, 1200-1800' at the Seminars in Economic History Series (Spring) of the Research Institute for History and Culture at Utrecht University.

> click here for the seminar paper



March 6-8, International Conference 'Singles in the Cities in North-West Europe, c. 1000 - 2000' (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Tine De Moor has presented a paper, titled 'Single, safe, and sorry? An analysis of the motivations of women to join the early modern beguine movement in the Low Countries'. This presentation was part of a three-day conference on the subject of singles in the cities in North-West Europe during the second millennium.

> click here for the webpage of the conference


February 28, Workshop 'Publish or Perish', Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Tine De Moor and Jacob Weisdorf were the organizers for the Workshop 'Publish or Perish', which was held at Utrecht University. The workshop for selected PhD-students from various universities across Europe offered these students the opportunity to gain knowledge on the ways which strategies can be used regarding the publication of your research results.

> click here for the program of the workshop


February 5, Seminar Lecture, Nuffield College, Oxford Unifersity (UK)

Tine De Moor gave a seminar lecture on 'The Commercial Household. Living-in-(non-)kin and household composition in an EMP-area (The Netherlands, 17th century)' for the Economic History Seminar Series at Nuffield College, Oxford University.


January 31, Debate 'Revolution at Point Zero', Utrecht (The Netherlands)

The notion of "the commons" is Casco's leitmotif for the 2013-2014 programme. On january 31 and Februar 1, 2013, Caso organized a two-day event on questions as What is the commons? How does it differ from the public sphere? Where does this concept emerge? Why do we use it? And where can we find examples of it? Tine De Moor was one of the two special guests on the debate on the first day of this event.

> click here for the event-webpage

> click here for the homepage of Cascoprojects






December 19, Seminar of Economic History, University of Zaragoza (Spain)

Lecture 'Un análisis sobre el desarrollo a largo plazo de los gremios de artesanos y los campos comunales en la Europa pre-industrial’ by Miguel Laborda Pemán.


December 18, Debate 'If Mayors Ruled the World', Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Prof. Benjamin Barber, sociologist and political theorist, visited Utrecht to talk about the importance of mayors in a globalizing world. Together with prof. dr. Herman Wijffels (professor in Sustainability and Societal Change at Utrecht University), mayor of Heerlen Paul Depla, deputy mayor of Utrecht Frits Lintmeijer, Tine De Moor participated in the debate.

> click here for the videoregistration of this debate

> click here for an impression of this debate


December 18, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Invited lecture by Tine De Moor on rural history.




December 11, University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Invited lecture by Tine De Moor on Nuclear Hardship.





November 29 - December 1, Conference 'Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action' (2nd Thematic Conference of the IASC), Utrecht University, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Several team members organized and supported this international conference, at which c. 60 participants from a large number of countries presented their research papers. The actual conference was preceded by a tribute to Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012), at which several renowned speakers commemorated her life, her work, and her personality.

> click here for the videoregistration of the Tribute

> click here for the conference website


November 12, Seminar Bocconi University, Milan (Italy)

Invited lecture by Tine De Moor.




November 12, Real World Economics Evening, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Lecture 'The Commons: A Historical perspective' by Miguel Laborda Pemán at the Real World Economics Evening 'Back to the Future: Reclaiming the Commons'.

> click here for introduction to this meeting


October 26, Symposium 'Visibility: building online scholarly presence', Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Workshop 'Data sharing: Experiences in the Faculty of Humanities' by René van Weeren.

> click here for more information on the symposium

> click here for the program of the symposium


October 25, The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (Sociaal Cultureel Planbureau)

Invited lecture by Tine De Moor.




September 24 - 28, XXXth International Congress for genealogical and heraldical Sciences, Maastricht (The Netherlands)

René van Weeren has given a presentation on the relation between genealogical research data and the use of these data for other scientific research purposes.

> click here for the website of this Congress

> click here for the summaries of the lectures


September 17, Posthumus-meeting, University of Ghent (Belgium)

Presentation of major Posthumus paper 'A Comparative Analysis of the Emergence and Long-term Development of Corporate Collective Action in Pre-Industrial Europe' by Miguel Laborda Pemán.


September 11-14, 1st IASC Thematic Conference on "the Knowledge Commons", Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Tine De Moor was co-organizer of this conference together with Prof. Tom dedeurwaerdere of the Université catholique de Louvain. She also chaired several sessions and was in charge of co-ordinating the track 3: 'Historical experience of the knowledge commons'.

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September 10, Closing Conference HI-POD Research Project, Brussels (Belgium)

Lecture by (a.o.) Tine De Moor at closing conference of the HI-POD research project.

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September 5, Meeting 'Lokale kracht: power in wonen, welzijn en zorg', 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)

Keynote-lecture by Tine De Moor.

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August 28-September 1, "Green Academy", Heinrich Böll Foundation, Vis (Croatia)

Keynote lecture by Tine De Moor, entitled 'The cooperative continuum: collaborative consumption and production in long-term historical perspective'. Tine De Moor was also dicussant in the Workshop on Natural Resources.

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July 9-13, Sessions at the The XVIth World Economic History Congress, Stellenbosch, South-Africa

Participation and presentations by several members of our research team.

  • Session title: 'Marriage Patterns, Agency in Households, and Economic Growth', organized by Marie Camou (University of Montevideo) and Jaco Zuijderduijn (Utrecht University).

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  • Session title: 'Inequality, household risk management and economic development', participation by (a.o.) Jaco Zuijderduijn (Utrecht University).

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  • Poster Presentation by Miguel Laborda Pemán


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June 27, VII European Historical Economic Society Summer School, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)

Presentation paper 'A Tale of Two Commons. Some Preliminary Hypotheses on the Long-Term Development of the Commons in western and Eastern Europe, 1000-1900' by Miguel Laborda Pemán.


June 21-23, 18th General Meeting of the Common Core of European Private Law, International University College of Turin (Italy)

Keynote lecture by Tine De Moor.

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May 24-25, Posthumus Conference 2012

Paper presentation by Miguel Laborda Pemán and Tine De Moor.

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February - June, Honours Class 'Community and Cooperation', Utrecht (The Netherlands)

New communities and forms of cooperation have dramatically altered society over the last decade. With 2012 being declared by the United Nations as the International Year of the cooperative, special attention will go to the functioning, role and potential of cooperatives in our society. A blend of international experts will act in biweekly seminars as lecturers, providing a mix of academic, business and societal insights into the role of community and cooperation in the economy. The program was coordinated by Codrin Kruijne (Utrecht School of Economics) and supervised by Tine de Moor (Department for Social and Economic History) and Erik Stam (Utrecht School of Economics / Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship). Participation was open for all Master and PhD-students at Utrecht University.

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April 11, Posthumus-meeting (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Presentation of minor Posthumus paper 'A Comparative Analysis of the Energence and Long-Term Development of the Commons in Western and Eastern Europe, 1000-1900' by Miguel laborda Pemán.


April 11-14, European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow University (United Kingdom)

Presentations and participation by several project members and affiliated researchers on the subjects "Common Rules", "Open Access", "Household Economy". and "Gender and Inequality" at the 9th European Social Science History Conference in Glasgow.

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> click here for link to papers by Tine De Moor and René van Weeren, Claudio Tagliapietra, Josemiguel Lana, and Fransisco Beltrán Tapia will be presenting their research in the presentations session "Common Rules. The Functioning and Regulation of Institutions for Collective Action at the European Countryside"

> click here for link to papers by Jaco Zuijderduijn and Annemarie Bouman in the session ""Nuclear Hardship Revisited"

> click here for paper by Sarah Carmichael, Jan Kok, and Jan Luiten van Zanden


March 21, Symposium 'De institutionele verbouwing van Nederland', Utrecht University, Knowledge centre Institutions of the Open Society, Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Lecture by Tine De Moor : 'Wat geeft de burger moed? Historische lessen over samenwerking en vertrouwen in de burger'.

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March 12, Posthumus-meeting (The Netherlands)

Lecture by Tine De Moor for MA-students Posthumus Institute.





March 9, Conference 'De Commons: hoe beheren wat van iedereen is?', Brussels

International conference, organized by Oikos. Introductory presentation by Tine De Moor.

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January 27, Seminar 'The Different Politics of the Commons', Utrecht (The Netherlands)

This seminar explores some of the relationships of the common to private property, on the hand, and public property, on the other. The common will thus be considered as opposed to and outside of property relations generally. Finally, the forms of organization and institution required to maintain the common will be addressed. Discussants: Michael Brant (Duke University, North Carolina) and Tine De Moor (Utrecht University). Chair: Rosi Braidotti, founding director of the Centre for the Humanities of Utrecht University.

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January 18, Workshop 'Asset Management of Households in Europe, 1300 - 1800', Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Workshop, organized by Jaco Zuiderduijn, Tine De Moor, and René van Weeren. Combined with this workshop, there was also a poster presentation by students of Research Seminar 'Keeping it in the Family?' of Utrecht University

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December 12, Workshop 'Household Decision Making in History', All Souls College, Oxford (UK)

Presentation by Tine De Moor and Jaco Zuijderduijn: 'Squeezing the budget'.



December 1-2, Posthumus Sixth Low Countries Conference, Antwerp (Belgium)

(1) Presentation on the theme 'Rich and poor in the pre-industrial world' by Annemarie Bouman, Tine De Moor, and Jaco Zuijderduijn: 'From hardship to benefit; a critical review of the nuclear hardship theory and the emergence of the European Marriage Pattern'.

(2) Presentation by Tine De Moor and Jaco Zuijderduijn: 'The art of counting; reconstructing numeracy of the well-to-do on the basis of portraits in Early modern Holland'.

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October 7, Seminar PharmAccess: 'When markets fail: strategies for health, development and investment', Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Presentation by Tine de Moor: 'Institutions for collective action and risks in developing societies: lessons from the European past'.

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September 13-18, 2nd European IASC-meeting, Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

Key-note lecture by Tine De Moor: 'In tempore non suspecto; understanding the historical roots of Europe's commons dilemmas'.

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May 16, Symposium Studium Generale, 'Our common future - the future of our commons', Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Symposium, organized by Knowledge Center Institutions of the Open Society in collaboration with Studium Generale on the theme of commons. Tine De Moor delivered the introductory and closing speech and participated in the closing debate.

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April 8, Conference 'Structure, Change and Discourse in Pre-Industrial Europe: towards a Cross-Disciplinary Study of Social Inequalities', Ghent/Antwerp (Belgium)

Key-note lecture by Tine De Moor: 'Industrious and/or religious. Motivating the choice for living as a beguine in (Low countries, early modern period)'.

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January 11-14, 13th IASC International Conference: 'Sustaining Our Commons, Sustaining Our Future', Hyderabad (India)

Presentation papers by Tine De Moor:

(1) 'Participating is more important than winning; the impact of socio-economic change on commoners' participation in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Flanders.'

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(2) 'From common pastures to global commons; a historical perspective on interdisciplinary approaches to commons.'

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October 6 - 10, Conference 'Marriage Patterns, Household Formation and Economic Development', Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Organization by Tine De Moor, Jan Luiten van Zanden and Sarah Carmichael. A selection of the papers presented at this conference will be published in the next issue of History of the Family.

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April 13-16, 8th European Social Science History Conference, Ghent (Belgium)

Presentation paper by Tine De Moor and Jaco Zuijderduin at session 'Using Tax Surveys for Microhistory in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods: A European Perspective mentioned': 'Households in the tax registers of Edam en De Zeevang (15th-16th centuries)'.

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> click here for full program of ESSHC 2010