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Call for Proposals for organizing 2019 IASC Biennial Conference - EXTENDED DEADLINE March 15, 2017

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is now accepting preliminary proposals from individuals/organizations interested in HOSTING our 17th Biennial Conference in 2019.

IASC Biennial Conferences bring together commons scholars and practitioners from around the world. While the preparations for the XVI Biennial Conference of the IASC (Utrecht, 10-14 July 2017) are already in full swing, the IASC Secretariat is already looking for enthusiastic organizers for the 2019 Biennial Conference. Proposals should be in before March 15, 2017.

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CEFE-CNRS Master Students Scholarships - Ethnohistorical Research Pastoral Commons French Pyrenees (March - June 2017)

CEFE-CNRS offers Master Students the opportunity to complete their Master's Degree via grants covering field work during 4 months in the site of Videssos (French Pyrenees). The scholarship implies an ethno-historical investigation on the past evolutions and the current state of the pastoral commons in that zone.

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Online Commons Course 'Managing our commons' starts March 13!

On March 13, 2017, the online commons course 'Managing our common resources', organized by CCRI will start; the course will run until April 28, 2017. This course will be delivered through distance-learning approaches, making use of video and audio materials, readings, on-line activities, and group discussion forums, enabling participants to learn from one another as well as from the tutors.

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New online commons course 'From source to sea - the governance of water resources'

CCRI has launched a new course in the online courses series of ‘Commons Management & Governance’, a series of on-line short courses, focusing on different aspects of commons: their management, governance and sustainability. The theme of this new course, running May 15, 2017 - June 23, 2017, and issued under the auspices of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), will be 'From source to sea - Governance of water resources'.

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Opportunity for PGIS practitioners to map ICCAs in Northern Palawan, the Philippines

The Coalition against Land Grabbing (CALG) calls upon PGIS practitioners to join their project to map Batak ancestral lands and indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas and territories (ICCAs) in Northern Palawan, the Philippines. CALG is a national coalition of indigenous peoples and local communities based in the province of Palawan (the Philippines). CALG is looking for young PGIS practitioners to help mapping Batak ancestral lands and ICCAs in northern Palawan. Specifically, they seek support for GPS-based resources inventories, geotagging of relevant locations (hunting grounds, upland farms, ritual sites, etc.).

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Workshop 'The Study of Cooperatives' - Humboldt University Berlin, March 27-30, 2017

On March 27-30, 2017, IASC-member Professor Markus Hanisch, Chair of ‘Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives’ at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, together with partners from Wageningen, Athens, and Saskatchewan University will organize the Workshop ‘The Study of Cooperatives’. The objective of the workshop is to give orientation to early-career social scientists interested in the study of cooperation and cooperative organizations. The aim is to provide training and a forum for networking and discussion on methodical strengths and weaknesses for the study of cooperative organizations.

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New IASC-President and Council Members

As per January 15, 2017, John Powell has become the new President of the IASC, succeeding Tine De Moor, who has presided the IASC from 2015-2017. Together with this regular change of Presidency, Marco Janssen has been elected President-Elect. The IASC also welcomes three new Council Members: Sheila Foster, Everisto Mapedza, Catherine M. Tucker. The IASC Council wishes to thank Leticia Merino, Anne Larsson, and Lapologang Magole, all of whom completed their term as Council Members with the IASC, for their efforts and contributions to the IASC over the past years.

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Call for Papers and Panels 9th MARE People & The Sea Conference (Amsterdam, July 5-7, 2017) - deadline abstracts January 31, 2017

On July 5-7, 2017, the 9th MARE People & the Sea Conference will take place in Amsterdam. This year’s theme is 'Dealing with Maritime Mobilities'. Deadline for panel, paper proposals and other conference formats: January 31st, 2017 (GMT). The conference will be preceded by a Policy Day on July 4.

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New special issue International Journal of the Commons out now

Editors-in-Chief Frank van Laerhoven and Michael Schoon are pleased to announce the publication of Volume 10, Issue 2, of the International Journal of the Commons. This issue contains no less than three special issues of papers, apart from the regular research papers and book reviews.

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