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3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons, Paris, 20-22 October 2016


Date: 20-22 October 2016 (extended dates!)

Venue: Paris (France)

Conference chairs: Séverine Dusollier, Tom Dedeurwaerdere

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Summer School Course 'Land Governance for Development' - Utrecht University, July 2016 - deadline registration 1 June 2016

LANDac (organizational member of the IASC) organizes a 2 weeks summer school course on 'Land Governance for Development' as part of Utrecht University's Summer School Utrecht 2016. Large-scale acquisition of land in the global South has received a great deal of interest in the last few years. The course is designed for Master’s students, PhD students, academics as well as for practitioners from development organizations, projects, and governments who are interested in or work in the fields of land governance, development studies, natural resource management, planning, human rights, and conflict studies.

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Expert meeting 'The Commons!' (Re:Creating Europe Forum on European Culture) - Amsterdam, 2 June 2016

On 2 June 2016, DutchCulture and De Balie will organize a closed expert session on 'The Commons!' as part of the Re:Creating Europe Forum on European Culture. Having been neglected for some time, the commons remerged as a collective term for a wide range of citizen’s activities, from urban gardening to governing cultural spaces. During this expert session experts, artists, activists and academics will discuss these questions: does this new emphasis on the Commons illustrate the transition from governments to co-governance, or are the Commons the last resort for bottom top activists, and how does the idea of the Commons relate to the local and the global?

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Symposium 'De kracht van coöperativen in het beheer van commons' - Ghent - 8 September 2016

Coopkracht will organize on 8 September 2016, in cooperation with Coop-pharmacies, the research team Institutions for Collective Action of Utrecht University (supporting member of the IASC), Denktank Oikos (led by IASC-member Dirk Holemans),, WISE POWER, and the European Committeea symposium, entitled 'De kracht van coöperaties voor het beheer van commons' ['The power of cooperatives in the governance of commons'].

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Symposium 'Cooperation in the field' - Utrecht University - 23 June 2016

On 23 June the symposium ‘Cooperation in the field’ is organized and hosted by researchers affiliated with the strategic theme 'Institutions for Open Societies' (supporting member of the IASC) of Utrecht University. Several international speakers will share their practical experience with (research on) cooperation. The symposium forms part of a series of annual symposia on cooperation, one of the main research topics within the ‘Institutions’ theme. The symposium is free of charge, registration however is required

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Symposium 'Ghent-city of the commons? Co-creation: a new form of cooperation between the citizens and the government' (Ghent, 20 June)

IASC-member Dirk Holemans, chair of Oikos, will be moderating the symposium 'Ghent - city of the commons? Co-creation: a new form of cooperation between the citizens and the government', which will be organized by and which will be held on 20 June 2016 in Ghent.'

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Call for papers - GOVENPRO Conference on Environmental Commons (Paris, 15-16 Nov. 2016) - deadline 1 July 2016

IASC-member Fabien Locher is the main organizer of the conference entitled 'The environmental commons: communities, practices and institutions. Historical approaches, France and the French colonial empire, 17th-20th centuries', which will be held in Paris, 15-16 November 2016. This conference, resulting from and supported by the GOVENPRO-project, will be devoted to the history of environmental commons in France and its colonial empire from the17th to the 20th century

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Job opportunity - Research Associate agri-environmental governance, policy analysis & commons research, Martin Luther University

The Professorship of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy with a focus on Governance and Natural Resources (Prof. Insa Theesfeld) is member of the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Currently, there is a job opportunity (3 years, 100%, prolognation foreseen) for a Research Associate agri-environmental governance, policy analysis & commons research, staring per 1 August 2016.

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Spring Issue 2016 of International Journal of the Commons out now!

The International Journal of the Commons has issued its Spring Issue of 2016. This issue contains over a dozen of research articles, related to the governance on a wide range of resources all over the world: from Alpine meadows in Italy to public open spaces in Malaysia and from firewood in Northern Argentina to the floodplains of Zambia.

The new issue of the International Journal of the Commons will be officially launched at the 4th European IASC-Conference in Bern, 10-13 May 2016

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IASC endorses Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights

The global call to action is a campaign of the Rights and Resources Initiative and multiple partners to support the communal land rights of indigenous people and communities. The campaign calls for doubling the land area legally recognized as owned or controlled by indigenous people and communities by 2020. On the 8th of march 2016, the International Association for the Commons endorsed and signed the "Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights" in The Hague, together with more than 300 organizations worldwide.

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2nd International Conference LANDac (Utrecht, 30 June-1 July 2016)

On the 30th of June and the 1st of July 2016, LANDac will hold its second International Conference, entitled 'Linking the Rural and the Urban'. LANDac, founded in 2010 and based at Utrecht University, is a network of Dutch organizations interested in how land governance can contribute to equitable and sustainable development.

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