Start
13 July 2020
8:00 AM UTC/GMT+00:00

End
27 July 2020
5:00 PM UTC 0

Location
Online Worldwide

Total Spaces
Unlimited

Add to Calendar 07/13/2020 08:00 AM 07/27/2020 05:00 PM Africa/Accra African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference Online, Timezone UTC/GMT +0h

Abstract Submissions

Deadline June 1st, 2020

Video Submissions

Deadline July 1st, 2020

Registration

Free of charge

OPEN

Aim & Scope

The web conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on the governance of shared resources in Africa. A web conference is more inclusive, has lower costs, and a smaller carbon footprint than traditional meetings. With this web conference, we hope to get broad exposure to the research done in Africa by African scholars and scholars abroad. The discourse during the conference seeks to improve governance and management of shared resources and create sustainable solutions for commons, common-pool resources, or any other form of shared resources.

Keynote Speakers

François Deckon

University of Lomé
Togo

Barbara van Koppen

International Water Management Institute
South Africa

Important Dates

June 1, 2020, deadline for submission of abstracts.

July 1, 2020, deadline for submission video

July 13-27, 2020, conference

Preliminary Agenda for Live Events

July 13, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Webinar panel (English) — “Africa, Covid-19, and the commons
Panelists: James Murombedzi, UNECA, Mafaniso Hara, PLAAS, Ruth Hall, PLAAS, and Jesse Ribot, American University
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07/13/2020 03:00 PM
07/13/2020 04:00 PM
Africa/Accra
Webinar: Africa, Covid-19, and the commons
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July 15, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Networking event (English)
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07/15/2020 03:00 PM
07/15/2020 04:00 PM
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Networking event (English)
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July 17, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Webinar panel (English) — “Destinies of African Commons in the Context of Highly Contested Rural Futures in Africa”
Panelists: Cyriaque Hakizimana, PLAAS, Dimuna Phiri Simpaya, Medici Land Governance, Fortunee Bayisenge, PIASS, Faustina Obeng Adomaa, Wageningen University, and Natacha Bruna, SSII
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07/17/2020 03:00 PM
07/17/2020 04:00 PM
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Webinar panel
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July 20, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Webinar panel (French) “When the public authorities build and support commons approaches”
Panelists: Stéphanie Leyronas, AFD, Sigrid Aubert, CIRAD, Emeline Baudet, AFD, and Stéphane Baudé, Nomadéis 
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07/20/2020 03:00 PM
07/20/2020 04:00 PM
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Webinar panel (French): When the public authorities build and support common approaches
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July 22, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Networking event (French)
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07/22/2020 03:00 PM
07/22/2020 04:00 PM
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Networking event (French)
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July 24, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Webinar panel (English) — “Struggles for the African Commons: Building an Agenda for Engaged Scholarship”
Hosts: Moenieba Isaacs, PLAAS, and Ruth Hall, PLAAS
Panelists: Issa Shivji, Kojo Amanor, University of Ghana, Dzodzi Tsikata, University of Ghana, and Moenieba Isaacs, PLAAS
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07/24/2020 03:00 PM
07/24/2020 04:00 PM
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Webinar panel
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July 27, 3 pm – 4 pm GMT: Closing Webinar Panel (English) “How to get published on African Commons”
Moderator: Menelisi Falayi, Rhode University
Panelists:  Arun Agrawal, Editor-in-Chief World Development, Marco Janssen, Editor-in-Chief Ecology & Society, and Michael Schoon, Editor-in-Chief International Journal of the Commons. (check your time)

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07/27/2020 03:00 PM
07/27/2020 04:00 PM
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Closing Webinar Panel: How to get published on African Common
African Commons, IASC 2020 Web Conference
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Costs

The conference is free to attend, but we appreciate contributions to the Esther Mwangi Memorial Scholarship Fund. All presenters and attendees interested in participating in the discussion posting questions and comments have to be members of the IASC. If you are not an IASC member, you can easily register here.

We are seeking sponsors to cover the costs of organizing the conference and funding of IASC memberships for our African colleagues. We consider the following level of Sponsorships:

Platinum Sponsor: $2,500.
Gold Sponsor: $1,000.
Silver Sponsor: $500.
Bronze Sponsor: $120, which covers membership for one participant for four years.

Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors will have their logo on the conference website, the size, depending on the level of Sponsorship. If you have inquiries about sponsorships, please contact Marco.Janssen@asu.edu.

Organizers

The conference is organized by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), and the chairs are Everisto Mapedza , Marco Janssen, and Koffi Alinon.

Event Sponsor

WHY A WEB CONFERENCE

The reason for organizing a web conference is to provide a low cost and low carbon footprint opportunity to interact with other IASC members – with no costs for flying around the world, accommodations, or getting a visa.

We realize that a web conference will not provide the same experience as an in-person conference. However, we expect that this still leads to a lively interaction between the participants. As such, we hope to have more participation by people who otherwise cannot come to in-person conferences.

HOW IT WORKS

During the conference, July 13-27, 2020, presentations will be freely available for viewing by everyone on the conference website. We are asking participants, however, to consider donating to the Esther Mwangi Memorial Scholarship Fund in supports of commons scholars in Africa, for example, to present their work at the biennial global IASC meetings. 

Q&A will also take place online during these two weeks. An IASC membership is required to post questions to speakers via online comments, and speakers will be able to reply in the same way. Membership is required when speakers submit their videos by July 1, 2020. We try to get as much sponsorship as possible to waive membership fees and offer free memberships for African participants.

ABOUT VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

Instead of traveling to a meeting to participate in panels and deliver a talk, you create a video of your presentation with a maximum length of 10 minutes. You can record your video with a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or other devices. You can film yourself giving a talk or have a narrated slide show. You may also pursue a more ambitious edited video that combines you talking in your office, or the field, and slides and animations. It is now possible, and relatively easy, to record a talk of good quality giving the increase of relevant software availability.

HOW TO REGISTER

There is no registration fee. You can register here and stay informed about the conference news.

HOW TO ATTEND

To attend this conference follow the link that will be available on this page or on the email we will send to you.

The IASC African Commons 2020 Conference started. The schedule of live events can be found here.

All prerecorded video presentations are available now here.  You can watch them when it fits your schedule and interact with presenters by commenting on their presentations.

Watch our tutorial video on how to use the conference site and a Discussion Forum to coordinate conversations and side meetings among participants.

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