CfP: Commons in a “Glocal” World: Global Connections and Local Responses (IASC conference, Bern 10.-13.05.2016)

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Following the Call for Panels circulated earlier this year the conference
organisers call for the submission of paper proposals addressing one of
the 40 panels selected.
Conference theme:
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 focuses 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
how global players such as multinational companies and organizations affect
local governance of the commons worldwidethe role of international law and
global trade in shaping the interface between global actors and
institutionalprocesses oflocalcommons governancethe impacts of external
economic and political changes on the perception and evaluation of
resources and areas by actors related to the commonslocal resistance and
the development of political strategies countering the transformation of
collective into privateorstate‐based property rights as a consequence of
economic and politicalchangesthe 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 commonshow 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, businessrepresentatives, policymakers, or NGOs).
Call for papers (download pdf)
Call for Papers for IASC Regional European Meeting (1047.9KB)
Procedure for paper submission:
Potential participants can now select among the accepted panels. The
procedure is the following:
Upload your paper abstract (500 words and 5 keywords) until February 5th
via the IASC-conference website
(Link: to which
panel you wish to add your paper to.Panel convenors will be notified and
will select the presenters based on the abstracts they receive for their
panel until February 15th. In case of a rejection by a panel convenor by
February 15th, the conference organisers will re-review the paper and can
still evaluate if the paper might fit into another panel.
Organized by the Institute of Social Anthropology (ISA), the Centre for
Development and Environment (CDE), and the Institute of Geography (IG) in
collaboration with
The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC)
The Institute of History, University of Bern
The World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Bern
The Swiss Society for African Studies (SSAS/SGAS)
Forwarded by the Centre for African Studies Basel
on behalf of the Swiss Society for African Studies (Link:

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