The Long Now of the Commons - People, Infrastructures and Dilemmas

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Over the past few decades, concerns around the future of the commons – meaning collectively managed resources endangered by different forms of enclosures – have opened up inquiries into promoting fairer and more sustainable ways of being and acting together in the world.

Commoning – the social practice of managing resources for everyone’s benefit – promotes ways of resisting and creating alternatives to the inequalities, contradictions, and threats of contemporary neoliberal western societies. Concrete examples of commoning abound in any human sphere: from the re-appropriation of urban spaces (e.g. through social housing, hackerspaces, urban gardening) to the nurturing of open digital spaces and infrastructures (e.g. commons-based peer production, creative commons); from environmental care (e.g. environmentalist collectives, energy saving communities) to political actions for (re)democratizing the economy and the society (e.g. platform cooperativism, anarchist commons).

In a historical moment of renewed political, social, cultural, and economic turmoil, it is increasingly important to sustain and consolidate practices of commoning, despite the challenges at hand. By acknowledging that "there is no commons without commoning", this event aims to disseminate knowledge about contemporary forms of commoning as historically, culturally, and politically situated practices. As such, the people, infrastructures, and dilemmas involved in commoning will be at the center of this full-day public seminar. The event will gather contributions by internationally renowned researchers and practitioners who have developed considerable experience on the topic over the past years.

The day will be structured around presentations with ample space for comments and questions from the audience. Students, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers interested in the topic are invited and welcome to attend the event.

Alex Pazaitis, Tallinn University of Technology
Anna Seravalli, Malmo University
Giacomo Poderi, IT University of Copenhagen
Mara Ferreri, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Marcos Garcia, MediaLab Prado, Madrid
Mathieu O’Neil, University of Canberra
Maurizio Teli, Aalborg University
Silke Helfrich, Founding member of Commons Strategies Group

Attendance is free and open to everyone.
The event is organized by Giacomo Poderi (Department of Computer Science, IT University of Copenhagen) and Joanna Saad-Sulonen (Department of Digital Design, IT University of Copenhagen), and it is funded through the project grant 749353, of the H2020/MSCA-IF-2016 call. The event is hosted by the IT University of Copenhagen.