Research Assistant/Associate in Commons Technologies at Newcastle University

Newcastle University and Open Lab are looking for a Research Assistant/Associate in the context of a H2020 project on Generative European Commons Living Lab,  focusing on community technologies, digital and urban commons, social innovation, and issues of social justice in technology design and implementation.

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Social Solidarity Economy and the Commons: Contributions to the Deepening of Democracy

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.

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Call for Papers: Infrastructuring the Commons Today, when STS meet ICT

Journal of Peer Production
Call for Papers: Infrastructuring the Commons Today, when STS meet ICT

Peer production and collaborative forms of technological design – such as those based on commons-oriented approaches – have at their core a critical stance towards the technoscientific landscape, an approach shared with Science and Technology Studies (STS) as a theoretical archipelago that has produced a significant wealth of knowledge that points out the social constructive and performative character of technoscience.

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Interviews of activists from Sarantaporo.gr

From October 2017 to June 2018, in the framework of the Heteropolitics ERC COG (2017-2020) Research Project, we conducted ethnographic research in Elassona, where over the past nine years eleven villages have built, run and maintain a Wireless Community Network (WCN), sarantaporo.gr. The aim of our research is to contribute to the debate on Commons through feedback from the field where such ventures take place. More specifically, the aim of Heteropolitics is to highlight alternative, self-organised communities of Commons. In the case-study of sarantaporo.gr, we have focused on the community created around a Digital Commons and the perceptions emerging from participation in the WCN concerning the infrastructure, which is provided by all participants to all the inhabitants of the villages that belong on the network, either they are participants or not. The following narratives (in Greek) from interviews we held answer questions such as:

  • How do the Commons emerge as everyday politics?
  • How do the Commons differ from bureaucratic state policies?
  • How do the subjectivities of participants emerge and get transformed in the contexts of such endeavours?
  • How do participants understand their role in the endeavour and in the wider society they belong to?

You can read the full interviews (in Greek) here.

Call for Papers: Re-visiting the Communication Commons

Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture
Call for Papers: Re-visiting the Communication Commons

In the last decade, the concept of the commons has become prolific, if not popular. There are millions of references to the commons in a very wide range of literatures, from the academic, social activist, to the UN-and other multilateral institutions, think tanks, and popular literatures. However, in most, the idea of the commons is rather vague, a stand-in for public resources that avoids any references to specific collectivities of people, places, political economies and systems of power, and/or the historical and conflict-ridden origins of the commons at the dawn of the capitalist era in Northern Europe.

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From December 2008 to the Commons of our time

Tomorrow evening at 19:30, Alexandros Kioupkiolis will be a guest of the Refugee Center of Chania for a debate (spurred by the publication of his book ‘Politics of Freedom: Agonistic democracy, meta-anarchist utopias and the emergence of the multitude‘) on the significance of December 2008 and the commons of our time.

For more information (in Greek) about the event: https://www.kinimatorama.net/event/103325?userCalendar=55

Crianza y Comunes: Hace falta un Poble-sec para criar? Encuentro

La dimensión barrio y la crianza. Tensiones y invenciones entre común, público y privado.

5-7 octubre 2018
Poble Sec, Barcelona

Hace falta un pueblo para criar. Pero qué coño es un pueblo, en nuestros mundos individualizados, dispersos y urbanizados? En la última década han (re-)surgido muchos experimentos y revindicaciones para responder a esa pregunta. Desde la península iberica y sus nuevos feminismos se han lanzando muchas madres y aliadas a la busqueda de formas de tribú, y de infraestructuras comunes de crianza, más allá de los modelos privatizadores y heteropatriarcales. Planteamos un encuentro para formular, escuchar y pensar juntas nuestras necesidades de una crianza más compartida, mirando hacia espacios comúnes y prácticas no exclusivas para cuidar a pequeñxs. Queremos debatir las tensiones y invenciones que se dan entre lo público, lo privado y lo común en la crianza. Os esperamos a todas, con o sin criaturas.

En este encuentro contamos con un espacio infantil con acompañante.

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