Wednesday, August 15, 2012


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Panels, Papers, Posters and Videos for IASC 2012 Conference in Kita Fuji, Japan

The title of the conference is “Commoners and the Changing Commons: Livelihoods, Environmental Security, and Shared Knowledge.” It will take place from June 3-7, 2013.

The commoners of the Onshirin federation of 11 villages holding access rights to the north slope of Mount Fuji (Kita Fuji), along with Japan's Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), eagerly welcome participants to the first IASC meeting to be held on a commons and the first to be sponsored by commoners. This wonderful venue at Kita Fuji on Mount Fuji, a majestic peak that is also the emblem of Japan and a potential World Heritage Site, is actually the location of one of Japan's most valiant struggles to maintain legal rights and a functioning commons in the face of hostile pressures and massive social, economic, and political change.

The conference committee suggests proposals along the following themes: 

  1. Commons and Social Capital for Livelihood Security in Crisis
  2. Commercialization and the Commons
  3. Urban Commons
  4. Collisions in Law and Culture
  5. Mobile Resources and Fluid Spaces
  6. Equity and Distributive Justice within the Commons
  7. State-Society Relations and the Protest Politics of Commons 
  8. Commons and Complexity
  9. Commons as Local Energy Sources and Carbon Storage affecting Climate Change
  10. The Global Digital Commons
  11. Biodiversity and Genetic Resources as Commons
  12. Cultural Commons with Non-Consumptive Uses 
  13. Campaigning On the Commons: Practical Lessons and Strategy 
  14. Advancing Research on the Commons: Methods, Comparable Data, and Theoretical Research Frontiers

More information.

Deadline: September 30, 2012

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