International Conference: “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy”

Venue: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon, Portugal

Date: 6 – 8th November 2019

Organiser: Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL)

The second international conference “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons” will be a meeting point for researchers, activists, public officials and social entrepreneurs involved in social and solidarity economy, governance of the commons and new social movements in different parts of the world.

The conference will take place from the 6th to 8th of November 2019 at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim is to co-create an open, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary space for exchange of knowledge and socio-political experiences on new approaches to economic organisation and governance based in solidarity, cooperation and common ownership from across the world.

The conference is organized by the Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL), with the support of the Department of Political Economy at ISCTE-IUL, the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (CE3C) in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Lisbon and the Solidarity Economy Incubator at the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL) in Brazil.

This document launches the conference’s call for contributions. It also includes information about organization of the conference, the topics addressed, registration details and participation costs. We will post regular updates about its organization on the event’s webpage (https://ssecommons.cei.iscte-iul.pt ), as well as send them by e-mail and through the social media accounts of CEI-IUL (Facebook and Twitter). Any questions regarding organization of the conference or participation can be sent to ssecommons.cei@iscte- iul.pt.

Thematic
Fields

The current political, economic and social crises have provoked constructive action on the part of many social movements and progressive governments. Increasing numbers and diversity of initiatives are proactively creating and enacting new socio-economic models and genuinely democratic forms of governance, by mobilizing endogenous practices and resources and promoting collaborations and synergies between civil society and the state. Prominent among these movements, and intersecting with many of them, are Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons.

This international conference “Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons” aims to promote understanding of and dialogue about new, emerging and rediscovered forms of governance and economic organization that
offer potential to overcome the challenges that communities,
governments and organizations working towards sustainable prosperity
currently face. This year’s edition of the conference focuses on
conceptual and normative frameworks that support the development of
cooperative and sustainable alternatives to neoliberal capitalism and
strengthen civil society and the state through participatory
democracy.

We invite researchers, activists, public officials and social entrepreneurs to submit proposals for contributions to the conference. Submissions might be based on formal research or on concrete activist, economic or public policy initiatives. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, social movements, processes of knowledge production and diffusion, public policies and alternative strategies of economic governance based on Social Solidarity Economy, and the democratic and collective management of the Commons. In addition to conventional formats such as papers, posters and panel sessions, contributions might take participatory, co-creative and/or artistic formats. We are open to suggestions that can help capture the diversity of actions, experiences and ways of knowing and expression involved in this field.

We aim to promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives at both theoretical, conceptual and methodological levels. We accordingly invite academics, para-academics, supporters and practitioners to explore these topics from multiple perspectives, including civil society organizations, enterprises and governments. The goal is to work towards a convergence of concepts and strategies among scholars, entrepreneurs, activists and public officials.

In order to promote transdisciplinarity, methodological and empirical diversity and epistemological pluralism, the conference is structured around five thematic fields:

  1. Social movements, Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Initiatives of social solidarity economy and commons-based governance promoted by “new” social movements promoting epistemological, cultural, functional, sexual and gender justice, diversity and inclusion;
  2. Contributions of Social Solidarity Economy and Commons-based governance to the deepening and widening of Democracy;
  3. Applications of Social Solidarity Economy and Commons-based governance to urban regeneration and rural development, with a focus on initiatives and programs aimed at revitalizing rural and urban spaces through the promotion of local/regional/bioregional economies and supply chains, along with the commoning of public spaces and productive assets;
  4. Social Solidarity Economy, the Commons and inclusive social technologies: This thematic field focuses on actions involving social solidarity economy initiatives that combine local/vernacular knowledge with technical/scientific expertise, with the goal of developing replicable and socially transformative products, technologies and forms of governance;
  5. Applications of Social Solidarity Economy and Commons-based governance to climate change and other sustainability, by promoting transitions to renewable energy, agroecology, sustainable water management and other sustainable socio-technical configurations.

Proposal
Submission Guidelines

Proposals should have a maximum length of 800 words (including any
reference) and indicate which thematic
field/s of
the conference
they address,
along with
five keywords.
They can
be submitted
in English,
French, Portuguese or Spanish. However, the language of presentation
shall be English.

Paper,
poster and panel proposals should include:

  1. Title;
  2. Thematic
    field;
  3. Theoretical
    or empirical question and literature
    review;
  4. Summary
    of
    methodology;

  5. Main
    argument;
  6. Summary
    of conclusions and implications for research, activism, practice or
    policy-making;

  7. Main
    references.

Please submit proposals by email to ssecommons.cei@iscte-iul.pt
. The submission deadline is May 31st 2019.

After the conference, the organizing committee will launch a call for
chapters of an edited, open-access volume of the collection of ebooks
of the Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL). All the authors
who presented papers, posters and panels at the conference will be
invited to develop their presentations into publishable manuscripts
for peer-review.

Other conference outputs may take many possible formats, formal and
informal, depending on the nature and scope of submissions and range
of dissemination channels available. Participants will be invited to
contribute to these, and are welcome to suggest documentation and
reporting initiatives within, or as a supplement to, proposal
submissions.

Organisers will offer translation (English/Portuguese) during
opening, closing and keynote sessions. Translation at other times and
in other languages may be available if offered and self-organised by
participants.

Important dates

Deadline for proposal submission – May 31st 2019 Notification of
contributors – June 30th

Deadline for registration (conference presenters) – October 6th
Publication of final program – October 15th

Deadline for registration (non-presenters) – October 20th Beginning
of the conference – November 6th

Conference registration

Site:
https://ssecommons.cei.iscte-iul.pt/

Professors/lecturers, researchers and other professionals – € 100,
00

Students
(Proof of enrolment in a higher education program required)* – €
50, 00

Members
of Solidarity Economy initiatives and community development
organizations (documentary proof or letter of reference from the
organization required) – FREE

*Registration is FREE
for students of ISCTE-IUL, FCUL and UFAL

Organizing committee

Ana Margarida Esteves (CEI-IUL) Rogério Roque Amaro (CEI-IUL)

Maria de Fátima Ferreiro (Departamento de Economia Política, ISCTE-IUL) Raquel Silva (CEI-IUL)

Leonardo
Leal (CEI-IUL; Universidade Federal de Alagoas– UFAL)

Gil Pessanha Penha-Lopes (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, FCUL)

Photo by Thibaud Saintin


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