IASC 2021 COMMONING THE ANTHROPOCENE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Commoning in the face of tipping points, transitions and deep uncertainty
Conceptualizing global commons and building capacity for multi-level governance
Methods to study the dynamics of commoning in the Anthropocene
Commons-based alternatives to the Capitalocene
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WHEN

April 21 - 23, 2021

WHERE

Online

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#CommoningAnthropocene

REGISTRATION BEGINS:
January 2, 2021

ACCESS CONFERENCE MATERIAL:
Until December 31, 2021

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
February 26, 2021

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE/REJECTION:
March 12, 2021

PRE-RECORDED VIDEO SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
April 9, 2021

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Welcome to the

IASC 2021 Commoning the Anthropocene Virtual Conference

Aim & Scope

We are pleased to announce our call for individual presentations, special sessions, webinar panel discussions, and methods workshops. This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in the role that the exercise of common property systems to land use and other shared resources (commoning) will play in the Anthropocene. We will cover topics such as conceptualizing commons across multiple scales, commoning in a telecoupled (or hyper-connected) world with tipping points and deep uncertainty, new forms, and trends in global commoning, interdisciplinary methods to study new emerging commons spaces, scaling up commoning in practice, and much more.

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Methods Workshops

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The issues facing the Arctic represent the coalescing of three major global commons: the polar regions, the global ocean, and the atmosphere. The Arctic is undergoing changes because of global warming more rapidly than the rest of the planet. The impact of climate change on autochthonous Arctic species like the polar bear has captured the public imagination worldwide through viral videos. Unfortunately, these global implications often overshadow those most directly impacted by climate change: the circumpolar peoples. Many Indigenous Arctic communities face challenges generated by activities outside the Arctic, but they can draw on generations of experience adapting to the changing environment. Understanding and addressing emerging Arctic challenges is a shared responsibility between Indigenous communities and Western science. In the past, the lack of equitable engagement with Indigenous knowledge has led to distorted and unscientific understandings of the natural and social systems of the Arctic and their dynamics. In this context, the governance of knowledge production in the Arctic must be shared between Indigenous and Western knowledge systems in a way that co-produces true and holistic representations of the transforming Arctic, while ensuring equity, sustainability, and investment in local capacities in the Arctic communities. This panel brings together Indigenous and Western scholars to discuss the current state and future perspectives of knowledge co-production. In particular, the panel will focus on the collaborative and co-productive governance of the scientific enterprise in the Arctic with respect to research priorities, methodologies, and practical applications.

CAPACITY: Unlimited

When: Thursday, April 21, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (AZ)
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No additional registration required.
 

Проблемы, стоящие перед Арктикой, представляют собой слияние трех основных компонентов общемирового наследия – полярных регионов, мирового океана и атмосферы.  Более сильное, чем в других уголках планеты воздействие изменения климата на Арктику для широкой публики воплощается в образах видео и фотографий гибнущих белых медведей, тающих ледников, зданий, разваливающихся из-за тающей мерзлоты или размывающихся берегов. Менее поражающими воображение являются изменения, происходящие в повседневной жизни жителей Арктики. Между тем, культуры коренных народов Арктики были сформированы на опыте многих поколений, адаптирующихся к изменяющейся окружающей среде. В настоящее время они сталкиваются с последствиями человеческой деятельности, осуществляемой за пределами Арктики и не поддающейся непосредственному контролю на местном уровне.  Поэтому понимание и решение возникающих проблем Арктики – общечеловеческая ответственность, для воплощения которой представители “западной” (евроцентричной) науки должны консультироваться и координировать действия с представителями коренных народов. 

Кроме того, понимание природных и социальных систем Арктики и их динамики остается отрывочным и неполным в силу отсутствия долгосрочных и детальных систем мониторинга, которыми обладают живущие на данной территории народы. В этом контексте управление производством знаний в Арктике должно объединять системы знаний коренных народов и “западной” науки таким образом, чтобы совместно создавать комплексные и целостные представления о трансформирующейся Арктике, обеспечивая при этом справедливость, устойчивость и инвестиции в местный потенциал Арктических сообществ. Данная сессия объединяет ученых из числа коренных народов и “западной” науки для обсуждения текущего состояния и будущих перспектив совместного производства знаний. В частности, дискуссия будет касаться совместного и взаимодополняющего управления научными исследованиями  в Арктике с учетом исследовательских приоритетов, методологий и практических нужд коренных народов.

Участники ознакомятся с новейшими передовыми практиками и методами совместного производства знаний представителями коренных народов и научного сообщества от ведущих специалистов-практиков, присутствующих на сессии. Участники обсудят методы, которые они сочли полезными, и проблемы, с которыми они столкнулись в своем опыте совместного производства знаний.

Участники также смогут предварительно направить группе вопросы и / или проблемы, касающиеся совместного производства знаний, по которым они хотели бы внести свой вклад. Вопросы будут подняты либо во время дискуссии, либо в специально отведенное время после.

Число участников не ограничено.

Silke Helfrich will introduce the first Pattern Language of Commoning (PLC) as a powerful tool for analyzing and designing commons. The PLC is comprised of 33 patterns organized according to their cultural, organizational, and economic dimensions. Participants will learn about the patterns methodology, which is based on a relational and processual understanding of the world.

Special attention will be paid to the concept of “relationalized property” that recognizes dynamic forms of governance of shared wealth which the prevailing epistemology of property law cannot apprehend. Some concrete forms of “relationalized property” – matsutake commoning in Japan and the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, New York – will be discussed. Since “relationalized property” unfolds its potential only with other patterns, participants will learn to navigate the pattern-network that describes key features of commoning in different cultural contexts.

Silke Helfrich
Silke Helfrich, Author, Activist
 

CAPACITY 30
 
When: Thursday, April 22, 2021. 7:00 – 8:30 am (AZ)
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Throughout millennia Indigenous communities of the Arctic have been developing a vast body of knowledge and common understandings of human, non-human, and nature relations. Along with the diverse Indigenous communities, this body of knowledge is comprised of multiple complex knowledge systems that are informed by the environment and it incorporates generational and contemporary observatory data. The concepts of sharing, reciprocity, and moral obligations are foundational in the traditional governance systems and well-being of traditional economies. Although common-pool resources are a western concept, their understanding parallels Indigenous communal land use and complex relations between human and non-human entities. In the Indigenous worldview, commons are historically managed collectively based on rules in use and norms that define processes of collective governance.

This talking circle will bring together Indigenous knowledge holders from different Arctic regions to share their visions on human, non-human, and nature relations. Stories rooted in Indigenous wisdom and shared through Indigenous means of communication will help better understand the nature of the commons as seen by people who live on the land and therefore could be exceptionally useful in the discussions of the future of the Arctic commons.

CAPACITY: Unlimited
 
When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (AZ)
Check your time zone here.
 

No additional registration required.

TYPES OF

Contributions

Presentations are prerecorded talks of 10 minutes. Presentations of similar topics will be grouped in sessions and participate in a dedicated webinar discussion. We allow for presentations in Spanish, French or Mandarin, besides English.  The audience will be able to access the videos with subtitles and interact with presenters asynchronously on the comment section of the presentation as well as live on the dedicated session’s webinar. These interactions will be in English only.

A special session consists of at least four individual presentations (pre-recorded 10 minute videos). Participants interact asynchronously with the presenter in the comment section of individual presentations as well as live during a dedicated special session webinar panel.

The focus of a webinar is debate. Panelists may make short statements after which there is a moderated discussion during which questions from the audience are addressed. The duration of the webinar is 1 hour.

A methods workshop provides training on a specific approach for collecting or analyzing data relevant to the study of water commons. Workshops typically last between 2 and 4 hours.

Online Conference

No hassle, costs, or carbon emissions from traveling. Attend the entire conference safely from home.

Three Days

Three days packed with prerecorded sessions and live events.

Meetup and Network

Interact with your peers during networking events.

Conference

Tracks

This track seeks to explore the connection between collective action and biophysical contexts which exhibit tipping points, the potential for regime shifts, and deep uncertainty. Successful collective action is very sensitive to context and this track will explore this connection for these defining characteristics of the Anthropocene.

This track seeks to explore conceptualizations of global commons that move beyond those used today that are almost entirely geopolitical (particularly in intergovernmental circles), usually restricted to ‘things’ outside national jurisdiction. How do we build capacity around these new conceptualizations?

This track focuses on exploring more complex approaches to conflicts that also acknowledge the productive and transformative power of conflicts.

This track focuses on methods to study the creation, evolution, and dissolution of commons in the Anthropocene. Areas of interest include digital platforms that enable the creation of new social commons and commons spaces and how heterogeneities and asymmetries in these commons impact social and human relationships.

This track seeks contributions from scholars interested in the commons as a challenge to enclosures and the control of environmental governance by the logic of markets and business-like solutions.

Schedule

Important Dates

February 26, 2021

Deadline for abstract submission

February 26, 2021
March 12, 2021

Notification on acceptance/rejection

March 12, 2021
April 9, 2021

Deadline for pre-recorded video submission

April 9, 2021
April 21-23, 2021

Event dates

April 21-23, 2021

ATTENDANCE

Costs

This virtual conference is accessible for small fees to cover the costs of the implementation of the meetings. All presenters will have to be or become IASC members. IASC members pay 10 dollars to attend the virtual conference live. All conference material will be available to IASC members after the conference. If you are not an IASC member, you can easily register here. Non-IASC members can attend the conference for a fee of 50 dollars. Dependent on sponsoring, waivers are available for early-career scholars and practitioners from the global south.
IASC Members
$ 10
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Non-Members
$ 50
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Meet The Organizers

Chair

Marty Anderies

Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Steering Committee

Graham Epstein

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Politics, Security and International Affairs, University of Central Florida, USA

Beril Ocaklı

Research Fellow at IRI THESys - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, and IASC Early Career Network Representative

Eduardo Sonnewend Brondizio

Department of Anthropology and Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), Indiana University-Bloomington, USA

Jean-Denis Mathias

Research director in the complex systems lab (LISC) at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE), France

Sergio Villamayor-Tomás

Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Anne-Sophie Crépin

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University

Therese Lindahl

Researcher at Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden

Arun Agrawal

Samuel Trask Dana Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, USA

Caroline Schill

Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden

Abigail York

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, USA

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Live Events

Program

All times are in Arizona time, which is UTC -7.

  WEDNESDAY 4/21 THURSDAY 4/22 FRIDAY 4/23
7:00 am 7:00 - 8:00 am
Opening Session - Challenges and Opportunities for Commoning in the Anthropocene: Governing Shared Resources in Turbulent Times
7:00 - 8:30 am
A 'Pattern Language of Commoning' Workshop - Focusing Relationalized Property

CAPACITY 30
7:00 - 8:00 am
Discussion Panel - Commons-based alternatives to the Capitalocene
- Webinar panel discussion with speakers of pre-recorded talks
7:30 am
8:00 am 8:00 - 9:00 am
Discussion Panel - Seed Commons: The transformative potential of Commoning for enhancing the sustainability of seed systems
- Webinar panel discussion with speakers of pre-recorded talks
8:00 - 9:00 am
Networking Time
8:30 am 8:30 - 9:00 am
Break
9:00 am 9:00 - 10:00 am
Networking Time
9:00 - 10:00 am
Discussion Panel - Conceptualizing the Atmospheric Moisture Recycling Commons
- Webinar panel discussion with speakers of pre-recorded talks
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Break
9:30 am
10:00 am 10:00 - 11:00 am
Discussion Panel - Methods to study the dynamics of commoning in the Anthropocene
- Webinar panel discussion with speakers of pre-recorded talks
10:00 - 11:00 am
Discussion Panel - Conceptualizing global commons and building capacity for multi-level governance
- Webinar panel discussion with speakers of pre-recorded talks
10:30 am
11:00 am 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Break
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Networking Time
11:30 am
12:00 pm 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Discussion Panel - Commoning in the face of tipping points, transitions and deep uncertainty
- Webinar panel discussion with speakers of pre-recorded talks
12:30 pm
1:00 pm 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Breake
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Webinar Panel - The Arctic Commons in the Anthropocene
1:30 pm
2:00 pm 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Closing Session - Reflections on the Commons and Commoning in the Anthropocene
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Workshop - Commoning Arctic Science Together: Indigenous Participation and Co-production in Arctic Science

CAPACITY Unlimited
NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION REQUIRED
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Workshop - Indigenous Perspectives on Arctic Commons: Epistemologies Behind the Concept of Sharing

CAPACITY Unlimited
NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION REQUIRED
4:30 pm
5:00 pm

Interact Via

Slack

When the conference content becomes available, we will provide a link to join the conference’s Slack workspace. Joining will allow you to communicate directly with other conference participants, coordinate meetups, share information, etc.

Interact with other participants in our

Meeting Room

During the conference, you will be able to mingle with other participants in our Wonder Room (from https://wonder.me). The video below gives a simple introduction on how to use the platform. Once you log into the conference website you’ll find information about the location of the Wonder Room.

Listen and COntribute to our

Spotify playlist

We are creating a conference theme-based Spotify playlist available to all participants. During the conference, you will be able to add songs to the list.

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Tips and Tricks for the conference

You can contact us at iasc@asu.edu for the following issues

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How to get the most out of the IASC 2021 Commoning the Anthropocene Virtual Conference

Welcome to IASC 2021 Commoning the Anthropocene Virtual Conference! We are excited to have you on board! Whether this is your first time attending a virtual conference, or if this is one of many that you have experienced, we would like to give you some tips to increase your focus and make the most of your time during this event.

Block off your calendar

When we attend an in-person conference, part of what makes it special is being away from home, office, and our usual daily routine. We suggest that you do the same for this virtual conference. Let your employers, students, colleagues, and family know that you are immersing yourself in this 3-day conference. We are offering real-time panel discussions and networking events. Get the real-time events that you want to attend onto your calendar first. Then schedule time for yourself to enjoy the pre-recorded presentations.

Using Slack

During this conference, we will be communicating in real-time through a Slack workspace with a variety of Slack channels. If you are not familiar with Slack, check out this tutorial.

Interact with other participants

Encourage friends and colleagues to attend the conference with you. Utilize the comment sections on the pre-recorded presentations to ask questions and create dialogues about various points of view. Schedule 1-on-1 virtual meet-ups with people you meet during our various events. Throughout the conference, a virtual meeting place will be available for you to interact with other attendees at any time. We will be using the wonder.me platform as discussed in “Meet Other Participants”.

Let this event have a lasting impact

After the conference, the presentations will still be available to you. Live events will be recorded and posted for you to watch again. Stay connected to the participants you met while networking. If you are not an IASC member, consider joining and participating in future events.

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