Call for papers, panels, and posters for XVI Biennial IASC-Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) - deadline 15 October 2016


The local organizers of the XVI Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons welcome abstracts for papers, posters, and panels to be presented at the conference, to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 10 to 14 July 2017. The meeting will be held in the wonderful historic city center of Utrecht, a major university town in the middle of the Netherlands and will be hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University. With the theme of the conference, 'Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change', we intend to bring together the fast growing body of scientific knowledge on the commons as an alternative governance model. The increasing popularity of commons as a governance model is visible across the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Citizens increasingly form new collectivities for energy provision and consumption, to provide care, food, et cetera, and work together on the basis of self-governance and reciprocity. During the conference there will be plenty of opportunities to connect academic research to practitioners’ experience and vice versa. On the conference website and in the call you will find an overview of the main themes to be addressed, including a list of potential research questions that might be the topic of paper presentations. Soon, a call for contributions to practitioners’ labs will also be issued. Please visit the conference website www.iasc2017.org to learn more about the conference timeline, keynotes, policy sessions, exciting excursions, the conference venue, the city of Utrecht, opportunities to organize your own project meetings and much more.

> Call for papers, panels, and posters

> Conference website

> Conference poster

Colloquium on Responsible Research and Innovation (Brussels, 6 September 2016); deadline registration 24 August 2016

On 6 September 2016, the Department of Economics, Science, and Innovation of the Flemish Government, The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, and the King Baudouin Foundation jointly organize the colloquium 'Responsible Research and Innovation'. At this colloquium, several lecturers will address all aspects of this topic. The main purpose of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is to bring together as many societal partners (citizens, researchers, companies, policy makers) to have them work together in research and innovation processes, in order to address the major societal questions and challenges adequately, and by doing so, to compose widely supported sustainable innovative and technological solutions. The main topics addressed by RRI (ethics, gender equality, open access, involvement of citizens, scientific education) are transsectoral issues mentioned in the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The colloquium is open to all and free of charge, registration (before 24 August 2016) is however required.

> More info

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

On 20, 21, and 22 October 2016, SciencesPo Paris will be hosting the 3rd Thematic IASC-Conference on Knowledge Commons (please note that the original dates have been extended with an extra conference day on October 22nd!). Building upon the successful 2012 and 2014 thematic IASC conferences on knowledge commons, this third conference aims to look at the normative effects and institutionalization of the many initiatives based on knowledge commons and how commons provide new legal tools, public policy choices, and forms of social, economic and governance innovations. To this purpose the conference aims to take stock of the latest developments in public policies and legal initiatives around knowledge commons, as well as how the attempts to give a proper legal definition of commons in different countries bring changes in law and property regimes. The key questions that this conference will cover are the sustainability of knowledge commons that could be achieved by giving normative effects to the relationships and collectiveness they create, the possible articulation between grassroots commons movements and public policy, To such end, examples of governance models or legal revisions organizing commons in diverse countries will be studied, particularly as far as knowledge commons are concerned.  

> Preliminary Program

Press publications on cooperation between academics and citizen scientists

Recently, several newsarticles have appeared in Dutch press on the possibilities Citizen Science has to offer and the challenges academics and participants in Citizen Science-projects have to face. In the first article, published in Trouw, Tine De Moor is interviewed about Citizen Science, more specifically about the Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!', which was completed in February 2016, resulting in data collected by nearly 500 volunteers from almost 100,000 Amsterdam pre-marriage registrations, dating 1580-1810. This interview is also a prelude to the national Citizen Science-symposium organized by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, held on 16 June 2016 in Amsterdam. The second article also is related to this event: in the article, published by de Volkskrant on 16 June, the Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!' is depicted prominently as an example of Citizen Science and Tine De Moor is among the interviewed about the do's and don'ts and the experiences of such projects. In the third article, published by science magazine EOS Wetenschap, Tine De Moor is interviewed on the chances and challenges related to the use of Citizen Science. An important topic in this regard is the reciprocity between scientists and the Citizen Science-participants; also, Tine De Moor stresses the importance of knowledge valorization. The interview is part of the initiative to create an online platform for initiatives based on Citizen Science, managed by EOS magazine. A third publication concerns

> Article Trouw [in Dutch only]

> Article de Volkskrant [in Dutch only]

> Article EOS Wetenschap [in Dutch only]

2nd Biennial European Society of Historical Demography conference (Leuven (Belgium), 21-24 September 2016)

On 21-24 September 2016, the Catholic University of Leuven will host the 2nd ESHD conference, of which the main conference theme will be 'Innovating historical demography: the world and Europe'. The two core objectives of the conference are 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 Charlotte Störmer, Corry Gellatly, Anita Boele, and Tine De Moor will present their paper 'Marriage and migration. The development of the Dutch marriage pattern and the impact of migration (1600-1900)' at this conference.

> Conference website

Social scientists shed new light on discussion use of natural resources and nature reserves

How to govern a nature reserve, while at the same exploiting its resources commercially? In this publication by Noorderbreedte social scientists Tine De Moor and Maarten Bavinck contribute two new dimensions to this discussion. They suggest that sometimes it is even better for nature if users harvest some of the natural resources; this however requires that boundaries and limitations are clearly indicated, observed, and guarded by the government.

> Click here for the article [in Dutch]

New publication on commons' regulations and sanctioning

Tine De Moor and Annelies Tukker jointly authored the book chapter 'Survival without sanctioning: The relationship between institutional resilience and methods of dealing with free-riding on early modern Dutch commons', which forms part of the 2015 Rural History Yearbook [Jahrbuch für Gechichte des ländlichen Raumes 2015]; this book is fully dedicated to issues dealing with rural commons.  In this article, De Moor and Tukker have systematically analyzed the regulations of eight self-governing Dutch commons, of wich some date back to the Middle Ages. By analyzing the changes in the regulations of these commons over time (with a minimum of three changes and a life span of at least 200 years) the authors they discovered that not all rules designed by commoners were combined with a sanction and there was an inverse correlation between longevity of the common and the number of rules that were accompanied by sanctions. Instead of focusing on sanctioning as a tool to keep commoners and others from freeriding, commoners invested in rules that encouraged prevention and high levels of members’ participation.

> Full book chapter

Young Academies of Europe and Global Young Academy issue position statements on Open Access and Open Data

The Global Young Academy and a number of European Young Academies, among which De Jonge Akademie, have issued a statement on their position about Open Access as well as one on their position about Open Data. These position statements were presented by representatives Rianne Letschert and Christian Lange to European Commissioner Research, Scioence, and Innovation Carlos Moedas at the Open Science Conference, which was held on 4 April 2016 in Amsterdam as part of the program related to the Dutch EU-Presidency. The Young Academies welcome the European Commission’s commitment to making Open Access models of scholarly publishing a cornerstone of its Open Science policy. They consider the transition to Open Access one of the key policies the European Commission and national governments should pursue in order to foster progress across academic disciplines and enable European citizens and those of other countries to benefit from publicly funded research. However, the Academies also urge European policy makers to ensure the viability and sustainability of Open Access scholarly publishing.

> Position Statement on Open Access

> Position Statement on Open Data

New publication on the European Marriage Pattern

In the March issue 0f 2016, the Journal of Economic History published an article jointly authored by Sarah Carmichael, Alexandra de Pleijt, Jan Luiten van Zanden, and Tine De Moor, entitled 'The European Marriage Pattern and its measurement'. In this article, the authors review different interpretations of the European Marriage Pattern (EMP) and explore how they relate to the discussion of the link between the EMP and economic growth. Recently Dennison and Ogilvie have argued that the EMP did not contribute to growth in Early Modern Europe; Carmichael cum suis however argue that the link between the EMP and economic growth is incorrectly conceptualized: age of marriage is not a good scale for the degree to which countries were characterized by EMP, but the economic effects of the EMP should rather be seen in the broader context of how marriage responds to changing economic circumstances.

> Article

Data entry process crowdsourcing project Yes, I Do! completed

Over the past days, the participants of the crowdsourcing project 'Ja, ik wil!' ['Yes, I Do!'] have completed the entry of the final scans of this project. Over the past two years, a vast group of over 485 volunteers has participated in entering the data from the early modern Amsterdam premarriage registers (1580-1810). This data entry, entering socioeconomic data distilled from the handwritten sources of each fifth year between 1580 and 1810), has resulted in a massive dataset with the historical data of over 193,000 brides- and grooms-to-be. Thanks to the rich content of this source and the invaluable efforts of the project participants, the research team now has a very strong dataset to perform research on regarding early modern social and economic developments in Amsterdam and the Low Countries. We thank all our participants for their huge efforts and time spent on this project.

> Project website [in Dutch]