Envisaging L'Aquila
edited by Alessandro Coppola

Territoriality of the Commons: Spatial Perspectives on the Governance of Public Goods in Past and Present

Call for Papers for the International Research Workshop

29-30th September 2011 in Erkner, near Berlin,

organised by the Department for “Institutional change and regional public goods” at the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS).

The purpose of the workshop is to explore the multiple, emergent geographies of the commons as a step towards developing a more systematic and fine-grained conceptualisation of the spatial dimensions to their governance. We aim to promote dialogue between historians, geographers and researchers across the social sciences and between three strands of research that we have identified as particularly relevant to the territoriality of the commons:

1. Action arenas as loci for organising regional commons
2. Rescaling the commons and the reordering of power geometries
3. Reconnecting the physical and social geographies of the commons.

We are pleased to announce the following distinguished scholars as key note speakers at the Workshop:

Matthew Gandy (University College London), Rainer Kuhlen (University of Konstanz), Frank van Laerhoven (Utrecht University) and Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester).

We invite proposals for papers or posters that engage with these three areas of research. The attached Call for Papers provides more detailed information on the Workshop’s research themes and organisational matters.
Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts for papers or posters (commongoods@irs-net.de) is April 1st 2011.


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