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Call for Papers - Session 'Natural Resources, Collective Action, and Egalitarian Cultures', XVI Agrarian History Congress - (deadline Sept. 30)

The organizers (among whom one of our IASC-members) of Session P156, 'Natural Resources, Collective Action and Egalitarian Cultures. Property Rights, Organization and Stewardship of Common Lands from the Middle-Ages to the Agroecological Transition' for the joint XVI Agrarian History Congress - SEHA and VII Encontro RuralRePort, to be held in Santiaga de Compsoetla, Spain, June 20-23, 2018, call for contributions to this session. Proposals are due by September 30, 2017.

The aim of this proposed session is to explore the complexity of the relationships of ownership and community that determine the access to resources in rural communities, as well as further our understanding of collective management since medieval times. The session is open to diverse geographies, including not only Spain and Portugal but also other lands in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. It is also open to different working methods, from the registering of documents to the participative approach, including archaeology and toponymy, which have permitted embracing certain practices that are sometimes not very clearly outlined in published documents.

Particularly welcome will be those contributions that provide far-reaching views and which lead to comparative exercises that further our understanding of the dynamics of shared resources and agroecological transition. Especially useful as a reference framework along these lines may be theoretical proposals based on the environmental sciences, peasant studies, the new institutional economy, the theory of collective action and agroecology that have reflected upon common resources. Equally welcome will be those proposals of a practical nature that advance our understanding of the agroecological transition.

See attachment for the session call

For info on the conference, see https://transruralhistorycompostela.wordpress.com/

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