The Common Good

March 31 is the last date for submissions of abstracts for the conference IASC 2011 - Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future, to be held in Hyderabad from January 10th to 14th, 2011.

IASC is, of course, the International Association for the Study of The Commons, a nonprofit Association devoted to understanding and improving institutions for the management of resources that are (or could be) held or used collectively by communities in developing or developed countries.

The Conference is being hosted by FES, the Foundation for Ecological Security, and will deal with physical common resources such as Forests, Grazing resources, Protected Areas, Water Resources, Fisheries, Coastal Commons, Lagoon Commons, Irrigation Systems, Livestock and Commons as well as New Commons such as Information Commons, Cultural Commons, Genetic Resources, Patents, Climate, etc. with the following sub-themes:

  • The Commons, Poverty and Social Exclusion;
  • Governance of the Commons: Decentralization, Property Rights, Legal Framework, Structure and Organization;
  • The Commons: Theory, Analytics and Data; Globalisation, Commercialisation and the Commons;
  • Managing the Global Commons: Climate Change and other Challenges;
  • Managing Complex Commons (Lagoons, Protected Areas, Wetlands, Mountain Areas, Rangelands, Coastal Commons);
  • New Commons (Digital Commons, Genetic Commons, Patents, Music, Literature etc);

The 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) will be held in Hyderabad, India from January 10th to 14th, 2011. The Conference is being held in South Asia for the first time.

The Conference provides a unique opportunity to resurface the discussion and debate on Commons and bring experience and evidence from across the world to show that Commons are not a relic of the past, but play a strategic role in maintaining ecological health, reducing poverty, and improving collective action. By placing the Conference agenda in the ongoing discussions around conservation, local governance, social exclusion and human rights, agrarian distress and rural livelihoods, and by pitching it at the interface of policy, research and practice, the aim is to bring practitioners, scholars and decision makers to a common meeting ground so as to enrich the collective understanding on common property resources and identify areas and measures to inform policy and programmatic action as well as guide future research.

Details, details, details! All on the IASC 2011 website.