IASC Regional European Conference

University of Bern

May 10, 2016 – May 13, 2016


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City centre of Bern (c) Bern Tourismus

City centre of Bern (c) Bern Tourismus

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MAIN THEME: GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AND LOCAL RESPONSES

Research on the commons deals either with the development of institutions for the management of the commons, or with issues related to global change. While the latter mainly focuses on drivers and effects of global expansion of capitalist modes of production, consumption, and societal reproduction, research on institutions for the management of the commons deals with collective action and the effects and reactions within local action arenas. However, the entangled institutional processes through which global and local arenas – referred to as “glocal” – interlock are not yet addressed in a systematic way.

Europe has been a major driver of “glocal” processes. Therefore, the 4th Regional European Meeting of the IASC is devoted to global connections and local responses. It provides a space to advance our understanding of ongoing “glocal” processes and to analyse historically how commons in Europe have evolved and adapted to “glocal” changes. By integrating political ecology with approaches of New Institutionalism and Critical Theory in Anthropology, Human Geography, Political Science and History, we propose to investigate the impacts of external changes on the perception and evaluation of resources by actors related to the commons. This raises the question of local bargaining power, ideologies and discourses, and of the selection and crafting of institutional designs, which in turn affect the access to common‐pool resources, as well as the distribution of benefits related to the management of these resources

 

Switzerland is a hub for headquarters of transnational companies involved in mining, production, and trading of commodities, which affet the commons directly and indirectly. Photo of Mopani Copper Mines, Zambia (c) Meinrad Schade

This conference therefore aims to look at the interfaces between local and global processes in order to bring together research arenas that have often been kept quite separate until now. We therefore call for contributions focussing on:

 

  • how global players such as multinational companies and organizations affect local governance of the commons worldwide
  • the role of international law and global trade in shaping the interface between global actors and institutional processes of local commons governance
  • the impacts of external economic and political changes on the perception and evaluation of resources and areas by actors related to the commons
  • local resistance and the development of political strategies countering the transformation of collective into private or state‐based property rights as a consequence of economic and political changes
  • the local crafting of institutional designs in global and local arenas, and how these affect access to and distribution of natural resources and related benefits among local to global actors using the commons
  • how the encounter of global and local processes affect bargaining power, ideologies and discourses of global and local actors in governing sustainability trade‐offs.

 

We especially welcome contributions that aim to address the above mentioned themes through novel forms of integrating theoretical approaches. In addition, the focus of the conference will be on a dialogue among representatives of different academic disciplines (e.g. geography, social anthropology, history, development studies, economics, political science, and law) and between academics and non‐academic actors (e.g. practitioners, business representatives, policy makers, or NGOs).

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Please contact us  if you have questions: iasc-europe-2016@cde.unibe.ch

 

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ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE INFO ON THE WEBSITE OF BERN UNIVERSITY

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THE VENUE AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION

Bern is an ideal location for this conference. It is the capital of Switzerland, a country whose policies are developed within a strongly decentralized system that includes participatory politics from the village level to that of the national Parliament. Its long tradition of decentralized governance also extends to mainly alpine commons (i.e. pastures, forests, wildlife, lakes, and rivers) and other common-pool resources (CPRs). Switzerland’s importance for the debate on the commons is illustrated by Elinor Ostrom’s reference to Robert Netting’s work on the pasture, water, and forestry commons in Törbel in the Swiss Alps. In addition, Switzerland is one of the world’s leading financial marketplaces, and hosts the headquarters of large multinational companies in mining and agro-business that represent global players at critical glocal interfaces concerning e.g. the global land rush, mining, oil and gas commodity extraction, and commodity trading.

Bern’s old town is a UNCESCO world heritage site and offers a range of restaurants around the University but also in the old town near the Government and Parliament buildings. National, regional, local as well as international food is available in great diversity.

No visit to Bern is complete without a visit to the Zentrum Paul Klee (Centre Paul Klee). Housing around 4,000 works by the eponymous painter, the Zentrum Paul Klee has the most significant collection of paintings, aquarelles, and drawings worldwide, and includes archive and biographical material from all the periods of Paul Klee’s work. One of the principal tasks of the Zentrum Paul Klee is to ensure that the artistic, pedagogical, and theoretical work of Paul Klee as well as its significance within the cultural and social context of its time is scientifically developed and communicated through different channels and media.

Bern is also well-situated in terms of access to many mountain areas as well as lakes and rivers. Many mountain areas are within an hours’ reach by public transport. Other ideas for visits include the 12th century city of Thun or the Swiss Open-Air Museum Ballenberg, which gives visitors a first-hand glimpse into life as it was some two or three centuries ago.

For more information about Bern and it's attractions see www.bern.com

Conference Venue at the University of Bern, main Building

The University of Bern was established in 1838 and hosts 160 institutes at 8 faculties. It is not a specialized university, but what in Switzerland is known as a “Complete University”, which is nonetheless among the worldwide leading universities on many topics including climate change and sustainability. It offers study and research facilities for 15,500 Students and 1,100 faculty members. The university buildings are all within walking distance to the old town, hotels, and Bern railway station with its direct links to other important cities in Switzerland; the Alps are within a one-hour travel range.
The University of Bern offers top quality across the board: it enjoys special recognition in leading-edge disciplines and is reputed for the excellent quality of its teaching. It also offers a delightful setting and a campus environment intimately linked to the social, economic, and political life of the city. It is one of the larger Swiss universities, but it retains a personal feel and has a warm and friendly atmosphere. Teaching and research is conducted on an interdisciplinary basis, as in the four National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) housed in Bern: “RNA & Disease” (ribonucleic acid molecules), “PlanetS” (planetary systems), “International Trade Regulation” (international trade) and “TransCure” (membrane biology). Additionally it shares the NCCR “MUST” (experimental physics) with the ETH Zurich. The university is actively involved in a wide range of European and worldwide research projects, notably in the field of space research. With its central geographic location and attractive programmes, it draws students from all of Switzerland’s language communities and from abroad.

All panels will be held at the university’s main buildings (Main Building, Hallerstrasse 6 and vonRoll). All meeting rooms are within walking distance and close to the old town of Bern and the main railway station. The city of Bern and it's agglomeration have a good local public transport system.

Travel

The main railway station of Bern is a major hub of the Swiss Railway Network that is well connected to the European Highspeed, Night-Train and Regular-Train Network. For timetables and prices see SBB.ch.

Bern has a small airport, called Bern Airport. From the main airports of Zurich, Basel and Geneva, Bern is reached in only about one hour by train. For timetables and prices for trains see SBB.ch.

Main building of University of Bern, photo by Bobo11, CC BY_SA 3.0

The main builing of the University of Bern. Photo by Bobo11, published under Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 3.0.

Map of Switzerland (Google Maps, click to go to larger interactive map

 

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EXCURSIONS

On the third day of the conference, the 12th of May, several field trips have been scheduled, showing you a wide variety of examples of collective action and common-pool resource governance throughout Switzerland.

Most of the field trips leave early morning and return late afternoon. Please take good notice of the description of the field trips and the requirements per trip. The maximum number of participants will be determined by the capacity of means of transport.

Additional shorter city trips may be organized later on.

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EXCURSION 01 - Visit to Törbel - In the footsteps of Robert Netting [FULLY BOOKED]

Date 12 May 2016, 8:45 am – 6:00 pm

Place Törbel

Organizers Tobias Haller (Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern), Urs Juon (Community President of Törbel), IASC Regional Conference

Language English (German)

Max. participants FULLY BOOKED, no reservations possible.

 

Excursion Topic

A visit to Törbel in the Valais region, exploring Robert Netting’s work on commons that inspired Elinor Ostrom’s work. We will visit the site of Netting’s research on the demography of a Swiss community and the management of the Alpine cultural landscape, which showed the interrelatedness of common pool resources (pastures, meadows, fields, and forests) and property regimes (common and private property). We will visit the village pasture area as well as the old irrigation systems, and learn how people from Törbel faced institutional changes in the past (demographic, agricultural markets and policies, environmental changes such as climate change).

Program

  • Introduction by the municipal about the village of Törbel
  • Tour of the village
  • Lunch in Restaurant Weisshorn with products from the region in Törbel
  • Drive to the Moosalp where participants will be informed by the excursion leaders and local actors about the management of the alpine landscape.

Themes to be covered:

  • General introduction into the region
  • Irrigation systems in the Valais: history, diversity, governance
  • Area planning in Törbel: challenges and perspectives
  • Local landscape ecology and landscape change

Additional Information

  • Meeting place: 8.45 am at the meeting point at the train station in Bern
  • Travel with public transport (tickets are included in the excursion fee) and bus in Törbel
  • Lunch is included in the excursion fee

The excursion involves about one hour walking on paths, participants should be used to hike on steep terrain and be adequately equipped:

  • Ankle-high hiking boots
  • Raincoat
  • Warm clothes
  • Sun protection
  • Water and snacks for the way
  • Hiking sticks (if needed)

Excursion Fee

€ 140, incl. VAT

Links

http://www.toerbel.ch/meta/startseite

 


EXCURSION 02 - Water and landscape governance in Naters (canton of Valais) and the surrounding region

Irrigation channel in Naters. Photograph by Karina Liechti

 

Date 12 May 2016, 7:45 am – 6:00 pm

Place Naters

Organizers Karina Liechti (Senior Research Scientist, University of Bern), Beat Ruppen (Director of the WHS Management Centre), IASC Regional Conference (Europe)

Language English (German)

Max. participants 20

 

Excursion Topic

Over the centuries, various institutions for governing common pool resources such as water, pastures, and landscapes have been crafted and continuously adapted in the Naters region. Even nowadays, they play an important role in resource management and in the maintenance of an ecologically diverse landscape. Additionally, the commune is part of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) region and has committed itself to preserve the diversity and uniqueness of the WHS for future generations.

The excursion will give an insight into the large share of commons managed through diverse local institutions. A focus will be put on irrigation cooperatives, their long history and current challenges, and the processes of establishing and governing a WHS.

Program

  • Hike from Blatten to Naters (around 2.5 hours) with information by the excursion leaders and local actors
  • Lunch (picnic) with products from the region
Themes to be covered:
  • General introduction into the region
  • The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site: history, structure, projects
  • Irrigation systems in the Valais: history, diversity, governance
  • Water channel governance in Naters: history, today’s practices and infrastructures, challenges, and strategies
  • Area planning in Naters: challenges and perspectives
  • Drinking water cooperatives
  • Transhumance
  • Local landscape ecology and landscape change

Additional Information

  • Meeting place: 7:45 am at the meeting point at the train station in Bern
  • Travel with public transport (tickets are included in the excursion fee)
  • Lunch (picnic) is included in the excursion fee

The excursion involves about two and a half hours walk on downwards hiking paths, participants should be used to hike on steep terrain and be adequately equipped:

  • Ankle-high hiking boots
  • Raincoat
  • Warm clothes
  • Sun protection
  • Water and snacks for the way
  • Hiking sticks (if needed)

Excursion Fee

€ 80 Euro incl. VAT

Links

http://www.naters.ch/

http://www.jungfraualetsch.ch/en.html

http://www.cde.unibe.ch/research/governance_of_land_and_natural_resources/research_themes_and_projects/swiss_alps_unesco_world_heritage_site/index_eng.html

http://www.musee-des-bisses.ch/ (in French)



EXCURSION 03 - The conflict between mountain pastures and large-scale ski tourism in the Laax region

Superpipe at Laax - Photograph by Philipp Ruggli - Weisse Arena Gruppe, CC BY-SA

 

Date 12 May 2016, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Location Laax

Organizers Gabriela Landolt (M.A. Social Anthropology, University of Bern), IASC Regional Conference

Language English (German)

Max. participants 18

 

Excursion Topic

A visit to help participants understand the governance of common mountain pastures and the conflicting large-scale ski tourism in the Grisons/Graubünden area of eastern Switzerland. The village of Laax has grown immensely and attracts a great deal of tourism. The alpine pastures are still used, but their management suffers from conflicts and a lack of collective action among the few farmers remaining. We will be guided by Dr. Gabriela Landolt, a social anthropologist from the University of Bern, whose research in the area focused on institutional change in the governance of pastures

Program

  • Introduction in the village of Laax
  • Hike in the Alp (around 1 hour) with information by the excursion leaders and local actors
  • Visit to a local cattle farm
  • Lunch with products from the region

Themes to be covered:

  • General introduction into the region
  • Tourism
  • Farming
  • Local landscape ecology and landscape change
Additional Information

  • Meeting place: 7:00 am at Uni Tobler
  • Travel with private bus
  • Lunch is included in the excursion fee

The excursion involves about one hour walk on hiking paths: participants should be adequately equipped:

  • Hiking boots
  • Raincoat
  • Warm clothes
  • Sun protection
  • Water and snacks for the way
  • Hiking sticks (if needed)

Excursion Fee

€ 100, incl. VAT

Link

http://www.laax.com/

 

 

EXCURSION 04 - Commons in Bernese Oberland – Naturpark Gantrisch

Date 12 May 2016, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Place Nature Parc Gantrisch

Organizers Christine Scheidegger (Project Management Parkwissen/Wasserwelten), Philipp Mösch (Hydro-engineering association Obere Gürbe), Heinrich Wildberger (President hydro-engineering association Untere Gürbe und Müsche), Philipp Mösch (Forest Economy Management, Cantonal Department of Forestry, Department Voralpen), Margrit und Paul Haldemann (Hof Gürbmättli Wattenwil), IASC Regional Conference (Europe)

Language English (German)

Max. participants 18

 

Excursion Topic

A visit to the forest commons in the Bernese Oberland, where we will visit Gantrisch Nature Parc to learn about participatory community management approaches. This is a unique example of a locally-driven and state-ratified example of bottom-up institution building for resource management. The Swiss Government issues the possibility for regions to gather, organize, and submit a request to bear the Nature Parc (“Naturpark”) label. At the Gantrisch Nature Park, groups related to forestry, agriculture, tourism, and marketing (especially also women’s groups) successfully organized themselves to apply for (and receive) the label. Despite their heterogeneous interests, the various groups developed rules, and the region as a whole now benefits from the label, which does not protect nature per se but an old cultural landscape. On this excursion, we will learn about the relation of Swiss, Bernese, and local forestry laws and how different regimes of property intersect for the sustainable use of these forests. Further we will learn about hydraulic engineering at the river Gürbe.

Program

  • Hike along Oberer Gürbe (around 1h) with information by the excursion leaders and local actors
  • Lunch with products from the region at a local farm
  • Visit of the farm where they have a local noodles production and a chicken and cattle farm

Themes to be covered:

  • General introduction into the region
  • The Gantrisch Nature Reserve
  • Forest Management
  • Water management and hydraulic engineering at the Gürbe
  • Farmers in the Parc
  • Local landscape ecology and landscape change

Additional Information

  • Meeting place: 8:30 am at UniToble
  • Travel with bus
  • Lunch is included in the excursion fee

The excursion involves about one hour walk on hiking paths, participants should be used to hike on steep terrain and be adequately equipped:

  • Ankle-high hiking boots
  • Raincoat
  • Warm clothes
  • Sun protection
  • Water and snacks for the way
  • Hiking sticks (if needed)

Excursion Fee

€ 95, incl. VAT

Link

http://www.gantrisch.ch/

 

 

EXCURSION 05 – SoliTerre - Collective action for a sustainability bridge between rural and urban areas in Bern


Date 12 May 2016, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location Bern, Iffwil

Organizers Biohof Zaugg (Biohof Zaugg), Claudia Schreiber (Soli Terre), IASC Regional Conference (Europe)

Language English (German)

Max. participants 20-25

 

Excursion Topic

We will visit a farm, which produces products for the local market and for SoliTerre. The basic idea of SoliTerre is simple: Farmers and consumers form an association together. Based on annual contracts, consumers subscribe to receive a weekly basket of food produced by farmers. Production is coordinated not through anonymous markets, but rather through collective action based on face-to-face contact. Prices are negotiated in line with a shared definition of “fairness” between producers and consumers. Thanks to frequent visits to farms, and occasional voluntary work on farms, mutual trust and understanding are continually cultivated. The main overarching goal is to live according to the principle of food sovereignty, based on democratic, self-organized collective action that integrates social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development in a self-determined way. Goal of the excursion is further to experience how farmers produce on biological principles on small-scale farms in Switzerland.

Program

  • Visit to a farm 20 minutes from the capital city of Bern, which produces for the local market and participates in the project SoliTerre
  • Excursion: participants can experience how a Bio-labelled small-scale farm produces different vegetables, and how it does animal farming
  • Claudia Schreiber from Soli Terre gives us insights into their project
  • Lunch with products from the region will be provided at the farm.

Themes to be covered:

  • Tour on the Farm
  • Introduction to the Project SoliTerre

Additional Information

  • Meeting place: 10:00 am at the meeting point at the train station in Bern
  • Travel with public transport (tickets are included in the excursion fee)
  • Lunch is included in the excursion fee

The excursion involves walking on the farm: participants should be adequately equipped:

  • Good Shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Warm clothes
  • Sun protection
  • Water and snacks for the way

Excursion Fee

€ 60, incl. VAT

Link

http://www.soliterre.ch/start/

http://www.biohofzaugg.ch/


 


EXCURSION 06 - A visit to the Burgergemeinde Bern and its Forest

 

Date 12 May 2016, 9:00 am

Location Bern

Organizers Henriette von Wattenwyl (Community Secretariat), Stefan Flückiger (Forest keeper), IASC Regional Conference (Europe)

Language English (German)

Max. participants 25

 

Excursion Topic

A visit to help participants understand the governance of common belonging to the Burgergemeinde of Bern.

Program

  • Presentation in the “Burgerspital” about the Burgergemeinde and their projects (with a focus on the new Berner GenerationenHaus).
  • Lunch in the Restaurant toi et moi (in the Burgerspital) (not included in fee)
  • Visit to the forest of the Burgergemeinde to experience how the forest in the city and as a common property is managed.

Additional Information

  • Meeting point at 8:45 am in front of the “Burgerspital” (Bubenbergplatz 4, Bern)
  • Bus drive and short walk to the forest center of the Burgergemeinde
  • Lunch is not included in the excursions fee (around CHF 30)

Required:

  • Good Shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Water and Snacks for the way

Excursion Fee

€ 10, incl. VAT, lunch not included (around CHF 30)

Link

www.bgbern.ch/burgergemeinde

 

 

EXCURSION 07 - Swiss Agricultural Policy – from local to global

 

 

Date 12 May 2016, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Place Bern/Emmental

Organizers Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft (BLW), IASC Regional Conference (Europe)

Language English (German)

Max. participants 28

 

Excursion Topic

Links between processes on a global level and actors acting on a local level in the agricultural sector are numerous. The most popular example certainly is climate change, which is caused by global greenhouse gas emissions and has a huge local impact. In Switzerland, for example, we notice an accumulation of exceptionally dry summers leading to an increased demand for irrigation. In addition, changing climate in combination with increased mobility leads to a wider spread of plant diseases and insects, which creates an increasing challenge for the agricultural production systems in Switzerland. Even more common are global and local linkages in the markets for agricultural products. Most markets for agricultural products in Switzerland are sensitive to changes on their global counterpart. This concerns also commonly organized structures like the traditional Swiss summer pastures or cooperative cheese dairies.

Program

  • The excursion has the goal to show the participants how Swiss agricultural policy deals with these global challenges. It starts with a global overview over Swiss agricultural policy, its goals and measures taken.
  • Then the program will focus on food security, an important topic in national agricultural policy that has as close link to global development.
  • Furthermore, the implication of global developments on Swiss value chains for agricultural products will be discussed. In discussing these topics we will lay a special focus on the discussion of commonly organized structures. Experts from the Federal Office for Agriculture will provide information; this will be followed by a discussion
  • To see the implication of global and policy developments on the ground, we will visit an artisanal cheese dairy and a dairy farm in the Emmental in the afternoon
Additional Information
  • Meeting point at 9:00 am at the BLW (Mattenhofstr. 5, Bern) or 8:45 am at the UniTobler, Länggassstrasse 49, Bern (Then short walk to the BLW)
  • Travel with private bus
  • Lunch (regional Emmental products in the dairy Hüpfenboden) is included in the excursion fee

The excursion involves a walk on the farm: participants should be adequately equipped:

  • Good Shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Water and Snacks for the way

Excursion Fee

€ 80, incl. VAT

Link

http://www.bwl.admin.ch

www.huepfenboden.ch/

 


Full overview (PDF)

 

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Cancellation Policy

Any refund requests prior to 1 April 2016 will be subject to a USD 50 fee. Refund request received between 1 and 30 April 2016 will be reimbursed 50%. No refunds will be issued after 30 April 2016. As auditor (non-presenting participant) you may transfer your registration to another person at no cost. As paper presenter transfer of the registration transfer of your registration is only possible in case you transfer your registration to an original co-author of the paper, who will also deliver the paper presentation. Please contact iasc-europe-2016@cde.unibe.ch for any cancellation and transfer requests.


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Changes excursions

 

The excursion to Törbel (01) has been fully booked; it is not possible to register for this excursion anymore.

The excursion to Laax (03) has been cancelled due to too few registrations for this excursion

 
Posted: 2016-04-18
 
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