December 18, 2009

Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) 

January 10-14, 2011 Hyderabad, India

Hosted by the Foundation for Ecological Security

Chaired by: Mr. Nitin Desai, Co-Chair: Jagdeesh Puppala
Theme: Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future
The Conference will provide opportunities for academics, researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience. Multiple forms of participation are envisaged at this global meeting. These include:
·         Paper presentations
         Thematic panels
         Poster presentations
         Video presentations
         Pre-Conference workshops
         Practitioners’ Colloquium
         Young researcher sessions
The Conference 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.
The above subjects would be captured under the following sub-themes:
  1. The Commons, Poverty and Social Exclusion;
  2. Governance of the Commons: Decentralization, Property Rights, Legal Framework, Structure and Organization;
  3. The Commons: Theory, Analytics and Data;
  4. Globalisation, Commercialisation and the Commons;
  5. Managing the Global Commons: Climate Change and other Challenges;
  6. Managing Complex Commons (Lagoons, Protected Areas, Wetlands, Mountain Areas, Rangelands, Coastal Commons);
  7. New Commons (Digital Commons, Genetic Commons, Patents, Music, Literature etc);
Please note that the papers may cut across more than one of the seven sub-themes. The illustrative sub-theme questions and topics below are intended to help contributors and are in no way binding. For more information on the subthemes visit the conference website:
· March 31st 2010: Deadline for submission of paper, panel and poster proposals
September 30th 2010: Deadline for submission of papers
August 1st 2010: Early registration deadline (tentative)
 We invite anyone interested or working on the issues relating to Commons to participate in the Conference. We encourage scholars and practitioners to submit abstracts for panels, individual papers, poster and videos. The panels, papers, poster and video abstracts should be submitted to the Conference Committee through the online submission process.