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Co-Lab 'The commons in Latin-America:Struggles, policies and research' (Amsterdam, December 12-13) (CEDLA/LASP)

On December 12 and 13, 2017, the Co-Lab 'The commons in Latin-America:Struggles, policies and research' will be held in Amsterdam, jointly organized by the (Amsterdam, December 12-13) Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) and the Latin American Studies Programme. John Powell, president of the IASC will be one of the keynote speakers.

This co-lab aims at unpacking plural perspectives of the commons in Latin America and exploring ways to create a dialogue across different fields. Students from different disciplines, practitioners, activists, and policy makers will debate on the commons in the region.

Commons is a concept in construction broadly defined as tangible and intangible resources shared by a group of individuals shaping patterns of access, use and reproduction. This analytical concept emerged as an alternative to the fixed public-private divide that masks other forms of appropriation and governance models. It has evolved from a narrow contextual focus on social dilemmas in social-ecological systems into an integrative analytical perspective to address social change at large.

The incorporation of cultural and political resources allows for an analysis of social processes not only around traditional ‘commons’ (natural resources such as water, forest, fish, land, ocean, air) but also relating to the what are known as new commons (e.g., knowledge, memories, identities, urban public spaces, digital spaces, collective practices). The commons perspective has become a vibrant interdisciplinary field to articulate theoretical questions usually polarized by domains that may be geographic (e.g., rural and urban commons), scalar (e.g., local to global commons), institutional (e.g., formal and informal commons), and tangible (e.g., material and immaterial commons).

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You can also read the CEDLA position paper via this link.

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