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Conference: Constructing the Commons

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 […]

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

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, […]

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

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. […]

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

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 […]

United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

Unnamed Venue Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Parallel worskhop on community development, land tenure and social innovation under conditions of rapid urban transformation Questions of land tenure have been of major interest to urban development policy makers and practitioners in cities of the South. Many communities, and particularly the urban poor communities fell victim to eviction, displacement, lack of tenure rights and […]

International Conference Lesvos, Greece. Making Space for Socio-Spatial and Socio-Ecological Justice in Research and Action strategies

The aim of the Lesvos Conference is to provide a forum for sharing experiences, practices, critical reflections, methodological as well as empirical advancements on research for and about social ecological and socio-spatial justice. What tasks do social innovation and territorial development research have today and in the future? What role can the territorial commons play for greater socio spatial justice? What methodological and structural constraints and challenges exist for action research in social and social-ecological change strategies? These and other pressing questions will be the focus of what we hope becomes a stimulating gathering of academics, activists, policy makers, artists.

IASC’s XVIth Biennial Conference in Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017. Practicing the Commons.

The ‘Institutions for Collective Action’ research team of Utrecht University as well as the researchers affiliated with Utrecht University’s  Strategic Theme ‘Institutions for Open Societies’ are proud to jointly host the global XVI Biennial Conference, ‘Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change’ of The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) in the […]

INDIGO Public lecture: MAKE IT COMMON. Differing and composing common spaces and common-places

INDIGO Public lecture by Laurent Thévénot (EHESS) MAKE IT COMMON.  Differing and composing common spaces and common-places  The model of orders of worth analyses conventions of equivalence and evaluation which aim at public legitimacy, insofar as they are based on a characterization of the common good for humanity and are put to a reality test […]

INDIGO Research Seminar: From the Théorie des Cités to the creation of Landed Commons

INDIGO Research Seminar: From the Théorie des Cités  to the creation of Landed Commons On the 15th of December 2017, the INDIGO-research-consortium organises  an International Research Seminar on the “Théorie des Cités” and how it can be applied in Action Research on the Concrete Landed Commons, with contributions by Laurent Thévenot (EHESS), Bruno Frère (Université de Liège), […]