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February 2016

Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Democracy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

February 22, 2016 - February 23, 2016

Both concepts of “global public goods” and “global commons” are increasingly being used, both as powerful rhetorical devices in the policy discourse of international organizations and the debates of civil society, and as analytical and normative frameworks in international legal scholarship, economics and political theory. What difference does it make to express and frame global challenges according to one concept or the other? What kind of international cooperation and governance schemes do these concepts imply? Which democratic qualities and shortcomings…

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March 2016

Conference: Constructing the Commons

March 3, 2016 - March 4, 2016

The term ‘commons’ today is widely and extensively discussed within different theoretical frames of reference. Historically it refers to natural resources that we, the people, have in common. Resources that are not one’s property and are available to all: air, water, earth. Today, the term is used in very different ways in economic, social, and political theory, as well as within the creative industries. The project ‘Constructing the Commons’, initiated by the chair of Methods and Analysis of the Faculty…

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May 2016

2nd EMES – Polanyi International Seminar: Societies in transition – Social and solidarity economy, the commons, public action and livelihood

May 19, 2016 - May 20, 2016

After the success of the 1st EMES-Polanyi International Seminar held in Paris in February 2012, EMES in collaboration with the European Institute of Political Economy Karl Polanyi and the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, will organize the 2nd EMES-Polanyi International Seminar on 19th and 20th of May 2016. After the focus on the economic crisis of the 1st Seminar, the main objective of this edition will be to contribute to the analysis of contemporary modalities of the relationship between economy and democracy. The Seminar aims…

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August 2016

5th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity

August 30, 2016 - September 3, 2016

Budapest will host the 5th International Degrowth Conference at Corvinus University (30 August – 3 September 2016). The conference will link the most visible degrowth thinkers of today with academic and participatory audiences in Hungary and the wider region. At the same time Budapest will be the host of the first Degrowth Week, which will feature numerous degrowth activists, practitioners and policy-makers. Degrowth is a movement which reminds us that infinite growth on a finite planet is neither sustainable nor desirable.…

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Annual International Conference 2016 – Panel: Rethinking the Commons (and perhaps also gentrification)

August 30, 2016 - September 2, 2016

The panel seeks to address the categories of gentrification and commoning as two different, but not necessarily opposite attitudes toward the reconfiguration of neoliberal power in Europe and beyond. In doing so, we seek to discuss how post-capitalist imagination is seen to emerge from practices of self-organisation, DIY resistance or community based groups and collectives. We are interested in approaches engaging anti-austerity movements as agents of new political imagination, but which remain aware of the risks of co-option and de-politicisation…

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