[Discuss] Fwd: IASC Deadline Extension Paper Submissions

Wouter Tebbens wouter at freeknowledge.eu
Tue Feb 9 10:23:21 UTC 2016

[sorry for x-posting]

Papers can be submitted until Feb 12th.

We welcome especially papers for digital commons related subjects!

see further below.

best regards,


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Subject: 	IASC Deadline Extension Paper Submissions
Date: 	Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:39:53 +0000
From: 	IASC Europe 2016 <iasc-europe-2016 at cde.unibe.ch>
Dear panel convenors,

Please note that the deadline for paper submissions has been extended
until *February 12th. *Please make sure that you have uploaded all paper
abstracts which will be presented (including your own) by *this Friday. *
Best wishes,
IASC European Regional Conference


Dear commoners,

you'll probably know the IASC: International Association for the Study
on the Commons, in particular for their global conferences on this
topic. Together with the IASC conference organisers we have defined a
panel on Digital Commons. We invite you to submit a paper.

*Digital commons in a ‚glocal’ world*
Panel Convenors: Wouter  Tebbens  (Free  Knowledge  Institute)  Massimo
 Canevacci (University  of  Rome  "La Sapienza" University do Sao Paulo

See in the Call for Papers,

We think the digital commons perspective should not miss from the very
interesting conference agenda. Therefore we urge you to submit a paper.

Some topics that could relate to the IASC conference in general and to
this panel in particular could for example be the following:
- the effects of current intellectual property regulations (mostly in
the interest of multinational companies and large capitals) on the
digital commons
- the alternative commons-based approaches for sharing digital forms of
knowledge, as pioneeered by the Free Software Movement and nowadays
known in a variety of fields, from Open Standards, to Open Educational
Resources, from Open Design to Open Source Hardware and Free Culture.
- the local resilience based on commons based networks of peers sharing
knowledge, building telecom networks, food cooperatives, etc
- the return of artesanal practices enriched with digital tools
- the combination of global sharing of (industrial) knowledge and
designs with a growing local production
- sustainability by needing less and producing less: the motivations of
peers producing and sharing knowledge as commons generating an abundance
economy, much more satisfying than the consumption society; planned
obsolescence and mass production in general manufacture more than humans
need; bottum up, pull instead of push channeling of human needs with
manufacturing of really needed products
- sustainability by repairing and extending product's lifetime: what
legal challenges do we need to overcome?

These and other topcis would be very welcome for this panel. If in doubt
don't hesitate to contact us.

Below follow further details of the CfP.

- All paper proposals (abstract of 500 words and 5 keywords) have to be
uploaded with indication of the panel they want to participate in until
February 5th via the IASC-conference website
- The panel should contain max. 5 paper contributions (All panels will
last two hours and will include a maximum of 5 paper contributions. This
implies 15 minutes for each paper contribution and 5 minutes discussion
at the end of each contribution. This structure allows for a discussion
of 20 minutes at the end of each panel).


Commons in a “Glocal” World: Global Connections and Local Responses

Venue: University of Bern, Main Building

Date: 10-13 May 2016

Contact: Tobias Haller

Main theme: Global Connections and Local Responses.

Research on the commons deals either with the development of
institutions for the management of the commons, or with issues related
to global change. While the latter mainly focusses on drivers and
effects of global expansion of capitalist modes of production,
consumption, and societal reproduction, research on institutions for the
management of the commons deals with collective action and the effects
and reactions within local action arenas. However, the entangled
institutional processes through which global and local arenas – referred
to as “glocal” – interlock are not yet addressed in a systematic way.

Europe has been a major driver of “glocal” processes. Therefore, the 4th
Regional European Meeting of the IASC is devoted to global connections
and local responses. It provides a space to advance our understanding of
ongoing “glocal” processes and to analyse historically how commons in
Europe have evolved and adapted to “glocal” changes. By integrating
political ecology with approaches of New Institutionalism and Critical
Theory in Anthropology, Human Geography, Political Science and History,
we propose to investigate the impacts of external changes on the
perception and evaluation of resources by actors related to the commons.
This raises the question of local bargaining power, ideologies and
discourses, and of the selection and crafting of institutional designs,
which in turn affect the access to common-pool resources, as well as the
distribution of benefits related to the management of these resources.

This conference therefore aims to look at the interfaces between local
and global processes in order to bring together research arenas that
have often been kept quite separate until now. We therefore call for
contributions focussing on:

    how global players such as multinational companies and organizations
affect local governance of the commons worldwide
    the role of international law and global trade in shaping the
interface between global actors and institutional processes of local
commons governance
    the impacts of external economic and political changes on the
perception and evaluation of resources and areas by actors related to
the commons
    local resistance and the development of political strategies
countering the transformation of collective into private or state-based
property rights as a consequence of economic and political changes
    the local crafting of institutional designs in global and local
arenas, and how these affect access to and distribution of natural
resources and related benefits among local to global actors using the
    how the encounter of global and local processes affect bargaining
power, ideologies and discourses of global and local actors in governing
sustainability trade-offs.

We especially welcome contributions that aim to address the above
mentioned themes through novel forms of integrating theoretical
approaches. In addition, the focus of the conference will be on a
dialogue among representatives of different academic disciplines (e.g.
geography, social anthropology, history, development studies, economics,
political science, and law) and between academics and non-academic
actors (e.g. practitioners, business representatives, policy makers, or
Accepted panels

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