'The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation'
Call for (Contributions to) Practitioners' Labs Biennial IASC-Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) issued - deadline for proposals March 31, 2017
The organizers of the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017), hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University, today have issued a Call for Contributions to Practitioners' Labs. As the organizers intend to bring together not only scholars working on commons, but also practitioners involved in commons or organizations dealing with commons and shared resources from around the globe, several Practitioners’ Labs will be organized. At these labs, practitioners have the opportunity to put forward their experience on commons-issues and at the same time discuss the challenges and questions they encounter with academics working on these issues, as well as with fellow-practitioners and policy makers. You can submit proposals for full panels of 5-6 participants, join panels proposed by fellow-practitioners, take part in one of the Sponsored Practitioners’ Labs, or submit your own individual questions you would like to see addressed at one of the Practitioners’ Labs. For all info and the full text of the call, visit http://www.iasc2017.org/calls/call-for-practitioners-labs/. Or have a look at one of the already composed Sponsored Practitioners’ Labs. You can also download the full call as PDF underneath.
1e 'We Doen Het Zelf Wel'-Festival, 25 maart 2017, Amersfoort (in Dutch only)
Op zaterdag 25 maart 2017 vindt de eerste editie van het 'We Doen Het Zelf Wel'-festival plaats in de Rijtuigenloods in Amersfoort.Het ‘We Doen Het Zelf Wel’-Festival wil laten zien dat burger- en sociale initiatieven niet meer uit een reeks incidenten bestaan, maar veeleer een brede burgerbeweging vormt die de problemen van mensen en gemeenschappen aan het oplossen is. Het festival is een samenwerking tussen verschillende grote en kleine organisaties die zich bezighouden met burgerinitiatieven en belooft een dag te worden waar zowel doeners als denkers op het gebied van burger- en sociale initiatieven samenkomen en van elkaar kunnen leren. Een dag waar ruimte is voor verdieping en reflectie, maar waar het publiek ook praktische tips en inspiratie opdoet, en experts vindt voor juridisch, financieel, en ondernemend advies. Sprekers zijn oud-politicus en schrijver Jan Terlouw, hoogleraar Geesteswetenschappen Tine De Moor (Universiteit Utrecht), Urgenda-directier Marjan Minnesma, hoogleraar Filosofische Bestuurskunde Gabriël van den Brink (Vrije Universiteit), en hoogleraar Bevolkingsdaling en Leefbaarheid Bettina Bock (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen). Omroep HUMAN maakt tijdens de dag tv-opnames en zendt op een later moment een samenvatting uit.
Debatavond 'Citizen Science', 23 maart 2017, Universiteit Utrecht (centre for the Humanities) (in Dutch only)
Citizen Science is een relatief nieuwe maar snelgroeiende vorm van wetenschapsbeoefening, waarbij onderzoekers een beroep doen op burgers bij hun projecten – van het digitaliseren van archieven tot het verzamelen van gegevens over fijnstof. De eerste debatavond van het Centre for the Humanities op 23 maart 2017 gaat over Citizen Science en kwesties waar de wetenschapper gedurende een dergelijk project mee te maken krijgt: wat is het nut van Citizen Science, wat zijn de voor- en nadelen? Het debat, dat plaatsvindt tussen 17:00 en 18:00 in het Utrechtse Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, zal geopend en geleid worden door prof. José van Dijck, voorzitter van de KNAW en sinds kort Universiteitshoogleraar van de Universiteit Utrecht, waarna prof. Tine De Moor, onder meer wetenschappelijk onderzoekleidster van het succesvol voltooide Citizen Science-project 'Ja, ik wil!' en hoogleraar aan de Universiteit Utrecht, de openingslezing zal verzorgen. Aan het debat nemen zowel wetenschappers als deelnemers aan Citizen Science-projecten deel. Toegang is gratis, maar in verband met de beperkte ruimte is aanmelding vooraf gewenst via email@example.com.
New publication on effect of marriage on length of life published
Team members Corry Gellatly and Charlotte Störmer had their article 'How does marriage affect length of life? Analysis of a French historical dataset from an evolutionary perspective' recently published online in the Journal of Evolution & Human Behavior. The authors have analyzed a dataset from 19th-century France, using an evolutionary approach to address the question of why marriage is linked to longevity, focussing particularly on sex differences. and found that marriage is positively associated with longevity, particularly for men. In part, this is related to the higher rate of deaths for single males during marriageable age, as compared to a higher rate of deaths for females during marriage. There is a positive association between wealth (at death) and longevity for individuals who were single or married at death, with a stronger effect for singles. Analysis of the effect of spousal age gap on duration of survival after first marriage indicates that men who were married to younger women lived longer, whereas the longevity of women was not associated with the spousal age gap. Gellatly and Störmer put forward an evolutionary perspective on marriage and longevity, hypothesizing that there is an important role for sexual selection in the association between marriage and longevity, with women selecting on characteristics associated with longevity, whilst men select on characteristics associated with reproductive potential.
New issue of the International Journal of the Commons with special issue on Collective action institutions in a long-term perspective
The International Journal of the Commons has just published its most recent issue. This issue contains a special issue, edit by our team members Miguel Laborda Pemán and Tine De Moor on the topic of 'Collective action institutions in a long-term perspective', based on papers presented at the Workshop 'Common People, Common Rules' held in Pamplona, 30-31 October 2014. The special issue contains five academic papers that focus on the study of commons and common-pool resources from a long-term perspective. Laborda and De Moor also composed the editorial article 'History and the commons: A necessary conversation'; both of them are, together with team member René van Weeren and affiliated researchers José-Miguel Lana and Angus Winchester, also co-authors of the article 'Ruling the Commons. Introducing a new methodology for the analysis of historical commons', which forms part of this special issue.
Over 1,000 abstracts submitted for Biennial IASC-Conference (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017)
The Call for papers, panels, and posters for the XVI Biennial IASC-Conference ‘Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change’ (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017), hosted by the Institutions for Collective Action- research team and the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University has resulted in over 1,050 abstracts from more than 70 different countries, which promises that the 2017 conference will be one of the largest events worldwide on the issue of commons. The 2017 conference will be held in the wonderful historic city center of Utrecht, a major university town in the middle of the Netherlands . With the theme of the conference, 'Practicing the Commons: Self-Governance, Cooperation, and Institutional Change', the organizers 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.
New publication on female infant mortality
Recently, the academic Journal of Epidemiology & Public Health published an early online article by team member Corry Gellatly and his co-author prof. dr. Marion Petrie of the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, entitled 'Prenatal sex selection and female infant mortality are more common in India after firstborn and second-born daughters'. For this publication, Gellatly and Petrie have analyzed the National Family Health Survey (NHFS) data sets for India over several years, to examine whether increased use of PSS may offset excess female infant mortality, by reducing the number of ‘unwanted’ daughters being born.
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. On 31 August, the national news magazine nrc.nl published an online article on the emergence of Citizen Science, also describing some current or recent projects. Tine De Moor is one of the experts interviewed for this article. The national broadcast network NPO-Radio1 dedicated its broadcast of 3 September 2016 to Citizen Science, interviewing Tine De Moor on this topic. Team members René van Weeren and Anita Boele jointly authored an article on the broader background of the 'Ja, ik wil!'-project. This article was the opening article of the dossier on 'Marriage' in the latest issue of the Dutch genealogical journal Gen.
Two publications by research team members published in edited book on future of historical demography
Recently, Acco Publishers published the book, entitled The future of historical demography: Upside down and inside out, edited by Koen Matthys, Saskia Hin, Jan Kok, and Hiduko Matsuo, and launched at the 2nd ESHD Conference, held 21-24 September 2016 at the Catholic University of Leuven. This edited book contains short papers by a large number of demographic and historical researchers, shedding their light on the future of historical demography. Tine De Moor contributed with the opening chapter, entitled 'Dare to dig! More history is needed to take historical demography a few steps further' and Charlotte Störmer co-authored the article 'Crop prices and demographic outcomes - A critical re-evaluation of the proxy' together with Kai Willführ.
Press publications on results surveys on citizens' cooperatives MA-Students
Recently, the results of surveys performed by MA-students Merel Hoveling and Fleur Noy have drawn attention from several news media. Merel Hoveling has performed research for the Dutch Council for Cooperatives (NCR) by composing an inventory of current cooperatives in the Netherlands, based on the registrations of such cooperatives with the Chambre of Commerce. This has been the first national survey of cooperatives of its kind and shows the division of cooperatives over the societal sectors. Remarkable is that in particular sectors that are in prcesses of change and development prefer the cooperative as their organizational structure. The survey showed that there are over 8,000 registered cooperatives in the Netherlands, of which 2,500 are active cooperatives; the other cooperatives are either untracable or have very limited economic activities. The results of the survey have been incorporated in an artcle, co-authored by Merel in the June-issue of the magazine Coöperatie of NCR. Fleur Noy has performed a survey on Flemish citizens' collectivities in cooperation with the Flemish think-tank-organization Oikos.be ; the results of the survey have been incorporated in an article Fleur co-authored with Dirk Holemans for the Oikos Magazine. Although the number of collectivities and cooperatives is considerably smaller than in the Netherlands, the emergence of new collectivities in Flanders is remarkable. The number of new citizens' collectivities per annum has risen from 4 in 2008 to 48 in 2014, cumulating to a total of 480 citizens' collectivities in 10 different sectors of society; the main sectors in which new collectivities emerged were food, houding, energy, sharing economy, environment, and sustainability. The Flemish newspaper de Standaard has written a newspaper article on the results of Fleur's survey.
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