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 AttachmentWorkshop "Agency, Gender, and Economic Development in the World Economy 1850-2000"

13.15-13.45 - Rutger Claassen (UU), “The Capability to Hold Property and Its Limits

13.45-14.15 - Angélique) Janssens (RU) – “Women and work: searching for ‘girl-power’ in the Dutch fertility decline​


14.15-14.30 - break


14.30-15.00 - Sandra de Pleijt (UU) – “Human capital formation from occupations: the ‘deskilling hypothesis’ revisited” (with Jacob Weisdorf)

15.00-15.30 - Selin Dilli (UU) – “The Roots of Persistent Global Gaps in Democracy: Making the Family Count​


15.30-15.45 - break


15.45-16.15 - Sarah Carmichael & Auke Rijpma (UU) – “Testing Todd: consolidating global data on family characteristics​

16.15-16.45 - Lotte van der Vleuten (RU) – “Mind the gap! The persistence of gender educational gaps in developing countries, 1950-2005​

Drinks afterwards.

Drift 23, room 0.2030-5-2013 13:1530-5-2013 18:00
Rijpma, A. (Auke)
 PhD-Workshop 'Publish or Perish'

Research publications are becoming increasingly more important as a tool to assess scholarly achievements. The field of social-economic history is no exception. But PhD students are often not fully aware of all aspects of academic publishing and thus find it hard to publish their research results. The aim of the workshop is to let well-published scholars share their experiences on how to publish with the next generation of social and economic historians, and to comment on and discuss the potential of their current research papers. The scholars who will be lecturing during this workshop are: Jan Luiten van Zanden, Maarten Prak, Bas van Bavel, Keetie Sluyterman, Jacob Weisdorf and Tine De Moor. 

  • Where, when, what, and how to publish?
  • Academich Journals
  • Publishing a book
  • Editing a book (on basis of conference papers)
  • Getting a very thick skin: dealing with referee reports (including examples of referee reports received by other scholars)
  • Give me that catchy title!
  • Finally, and now for real: working on your own article in small groups, supported by one of the above speakers.

The workshop is open to a maximum of 20 PhD students. Preference will be given to applicants (PhD students or early-stage Post Docs) who have a (nearly) finished research article.  Applicants must send an application package including an article (or a book chapter) of 8,000- 10,000 words (in English), which they plan to send to a journal in the months following the workshop. The article should include foot- or endnotes, but does not have to be prepared according to the journal’s house style. The article must be accompanied by a short abstract (max. 500 words), the journal name(s) the applicant envisages for publication of the paper, as well as the applicant’s CV.  The application package must be send to by 1 December 2012 at the latest.  Notification of acceptance will be given no later than by 25 December 2012.  Lunch and dinner will be provided by the organizers, but accepted applicants will need to cover their own expenses (travel and accommodation, if needed). Also, there will be a participation fee of 50 EUR.  To apply and submit your paper and CV, please go here

The workshop is organised by Tine De Moor and Jacob Weisdorf (Centre for Global Economic History, Utrecht University/University of Southern Denmark, Odense)

Utrecht University28-2-2013 08:3028-2-2013 17:00
De Moor, M. (Tine)
Carmichael, S.G. (Sarah)
 Promotie Kees Klein Goldewijk

(Looking) Back to the future: a reconstruction of historical land use and its application for global change research.

PS. (announcement inadvertently said 13th of December; 12th December is the correct date!)

VU Aula, De Boelelaan 1105 in Amsterdam12-12-2012 11:4512-12-2012 13:00
 Promotie Johan Fourie

An Inquiry into the Nature, Causes and Distribution of Wealth in the Cape Colony, 1652-1795

Three important questions about the Dutch Cape Colony are investigated in this dissertation: 1) how affluent were Cape settlers, 2) what were the causes of such wealth, and 3) how was the wealth distributed? Using a variety of statistical sources, most notably the detailed probate inventories and auction rolls kept and preserved by the Dutch East India Company and now digitised by Cape historians, and empirical techniques common in the field of economics, I find results that differ from the consensus view that the eighteenth century Cape was an economic backwater, a colony where pockets of wealth withered against a continuously expanding subsistence frontier region. The evidence instead points to an extremely wealthy settler society, with little evidence that these high levels deteriorated significantly even as the population increased rapidly. This dissertation’s first contribution is therefore to offer a significantly different view about the economic past of South Africa’s earliest European settler community. The second contribution of this dissertation is to offer new perspectives on the causes of growth within a settler society. Both demand and supply played important roles. The demand created by the ships travelling past Cape Town offered a captive market for Cape goods, akin to the Staples thesis proposed for Canadian exports by Harold Innes. On the supply side, I show that a colony’s development trajectory is influenced not only by the location-specific factors of its settlement, as suggested by existing comparative development theories, but also by the settlers’ regions of origin, which can influence the production function. Thirdly, I show that the unique mercantilist institutions imposed by the Dutch East India Company – notably its insistence on reducing costs to ensure farmer viability in the face of the low, non-market prices of the Company – resulted in a highly skewed distribution of settler wealth. Settlers’ investment incentives favoured slavery, which exacerbated the high levels of inequality in Cape society. The highly unequal distribution of wealth would have negative consequences for the Colony’s long-run growth prospects.

Academiegebouw, Utrecht7-12-2012 12:457-12-2012 14:00
 Conference 'Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action'. A tribute to Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012)

From the 29th of November until the 1st of December 2012 a three-day conference will be held at Utrecht University on the theme of the Design and Dynamics of Institutions for collective action.

The conference will be dedicated to the memory of the 2009 Nobel prize Winner for Economics prof. Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012) and her legacy (see

The conference will focus on issues such as:

  • The regulation of institutions for collective action, e.g.: How do rules evolve? What sanctioning systems are used? How is social control stimulated via regulation?
  • The dynamics of institutions for collective action, e.g.: What kind of institutional design gives the best guarantee for a resilient institution? What explains institutions’ longevity and why do some fail? What is the role of internal malfunctioning? How do such institutions cope with supra-local forms of pressure and interference?
  • How do institutions for collective action interact with exogenous factors such as inheritance patterns, economic development (a.o. market integration), population pressure etc., e.g.: Which exogenous factors influence the emergence of such institutions? What is the effect of exogenous shocks on such institutions? Do crises (economic, social, environmental) have long-lasting effects on the regulation of institutions?

Stress will be laid upon long-term comparative analyses, in a global perspective. The conference organisors welcome contributions from all social sciences

Utrecht University, Academiegebouw29-11-2012 16:001-12-2012 17:00
De Moor, M. (Tine)
Weeren, R. van (René)
Laborda Peman, M. (Miguel)
 The Global and Long-term Development of Real Wages

Workshop: The Global and Long-term Development of Real Wages: Methods, Problems and Possibilities

This workshop is organised by the historical prices and wages hub, based at the IISH.

Real wages are a critical measure for human well-being. In recent years much progress has been made in making real wages comparable over time and space. Calculating real wages based on ‘bare bones’ and ‘respectability’ baskets, as pioneered by Bob Allen, has now become a widely used methodology.

The studies that have appeared now allow us to compare living standards in Europe, Turkey, China, Japan, India, the Americas, and various African colonies. These studies have important implications for the big debates on the Great Divergence between Europe and Asia, and the long-term economic effects of colonialism in Africa and the Americas. Nonetheless, the use of real wages to make statements about the standard of living and economic development in past societies has also been criticized. Critics have pointed, for example, to issues regarding the representativeness of wage labour, the underlying dynamics of the labour market, and the role of female labour.

In this workshop, experts working with wage and price data across the globe will be brought together. New results will be presented and possible methodological issues as well as the broader implications and possibilities of this type of research for the field of economic history are discussed.

Contact: p z a @ i i s g . n l


Friday November 2

09.30-10.00 Welcome / coffee


10.00-10.30 Introduction

Jan Luiten van Zanden: ‘Introduction: the global and long-term development of real wages: past, present and future.’ [with Pim de Zwart].


10.30-12.30 Europe and the Little Divergence

Chair:   Jacob Weisdorf
Discussant:  Jaime Reis

Christiaan van Bochove: ‘Standards of living in northern Europe during the pre-industrial period.’

Mikolaj Malinowski: ‘Real wages in the Kingdom of Poland in a global perspective, 1500-1795. Skill-premium and the Little Divergence.’

Ernesto Lopez: ‘A comparative approach to the evolution of real wages in early modern Spain. First Results and Some Methodological Issues’ [with Santiago Piquero].

12.30-13.30 Lunch


13.30-15.30 Women and the family

Chair:   Christiaan van Bochove
Discussant:  Jan Luiten van Zanden

Eric Schneider: ‘Real Wages and the Family: Adjusting Real Wages to Changing Demography in Pre-Modern England’.

Jacob Weisdorf: ‘Desperate or Housewives? New Light on the Male Breadwinner Model and the English Living Standard Debate' [with Tine De Moor] 

Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk: ‘From male breadwinner to family wage: historiographical and methodological suggestions for reconstructing long-term series of wages in pre-industrial societies.’

15.30-15.45 Tea


15.45-17.45 Wages and other variables

Chair:   Ewout Frankema
Discussant:  Jeffrey Williamson

Robert C. Allen: ‘Historical real wage estimates and modern poverty lines’.

Sevket Pamuk: ‘Real Wages and GDP per capita in Pre-Industrial Economies’

Jaime Reis: ‘Wages in Portugal and the puzzle of the rent-wage ratio: 16th to 18th centuries.’

18.00-late: Dinner


Saturday November 3

09.00-10.30 Asia and the Great Divergence, Pt. 1: China

Chair:   Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk
Discussant:  Robert C. Allen

Bas van Leeuwen and Reinhard Pirngruber: ‘The standard of living and economic stability in Great Empires: a comparison between the Roman, Seleucid and Han Empires’ [with Jieli van Leeuwen-Li].

Debin Ma: 'Money, Prices and Wages in Northern China on the eve of Opium War, evidences from Tong Taishen account books (1800-1850)'

10.30-10.45 Tea


11.00-12.30 Asia and the Great Divergence, Pt. 2: Japan and Java

Chair:   Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk
Discussant:  Sevket Pamuk

Jean-Pascal Bassino: 'Relative prices and real urban wages in Japan, 1340-1860' [with Kyoji Fukao and Masanori Takashima]

Pim de Zwart: ‘Labour and wages on Java, 1680-1940’ [with Jan Luiten van Zanden].

12.30-13.30 Lunch


13.30– 15.00 Colonialism and inequality, Pt. 1: the Americas

Chair:   Jan Luiten van Zanden
Discussant:  Ewout Frankema

Jeffrey Williamson: ‘Using Social Tables: American Incomes 1774-1860’.

Tommy Murphy: ‘The Colonial Origins of the Divergence in the Americas: A Labour Market Approach’ [with Robert C. Allen and Eric Schneider].

15.00-15.15 Tea


15.15-16.45 Colonialism and inequality, Pt. 2: Africa

Chair:    Jan Luiten van Zanden
Discussant:     Debin Ma

Klas Ronnback: ‘Living standards on the pre-colonial Gold Coast.’

Ewout Frankema and Marlous van Waijenburg: ‘When did Africa fall behind? Comparative living standards in Africa and Asia, 1870-present’.

16.45-17.00 Conclusion

17.00-18.00 Drinks​

International Institute for Social History (IISH), Amsterdam (Cruquiusweg 31)2-11-2012 09:303-11-2012 18:00
 1st IASC Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons
Call for papers can be found here, deadline for submission is Jan. 15, 2012.
The 1st Global Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons aims to bring together leading people from a number of international scientific research communities, social science researchers, practitioners and policy analysts, to discuss the rationale and practical feasibility of institutional arrangements designed to emulate key public domain conditions for collaborative research. A variety of initiatives and policies have been proposed that are going beyond “open access”, and aim to facilitate more effective and extensive (global) sharing on local and global pools of not only scientific information and data but also genetic resources and cultural expressions. There is thus a need to examine a number of these proposals’ conceptual foundations from the economic and legal perspectives and to analyze the roles of the public domain and commons in facilitating sharing of scientific and technical data, information and materials. But it is equally important to examine the available evidence about actual experience with concrete organizational initiatives in different, and to devise appropriate, contextually relevant methods of assessing effectiveness and identifying likely unintended and dysfunctional outcomes.
The motivating questions for this conference is how best to devise and diffuse institutional and organizational models that would maximize social benefits and returns from the knowledge commons, by promoting broad access to and reuse of research resources, rather than restricting it; and how this can be done while preserving reputational benefits and essential ownership rights, as well as transparent and shared quality standards.
Track 3 on “Historical experience of the knowledge commons” (track coordinated by Tine De Moor)
Although knowledge commons seem to be a fairly “new” concept, Europe has a long history of similar institutionalized initiatives, which can in fact also serve as a source of inspiration for the present day exchange of knowledge. One type of such an institution for collective action and no doubt the most important until the 19th century was the craft guild which tried to limit professional and personal risks for artisans, from the late middle ages onwards. Guild members their main objective was to provide a minimal but secure income for their members. The capital good they pooled in order to prevent running great risks, was their skill in combination with specific knowledge about their craft: by joining and exchanging their knowledge and training, and taking advantage of the scale of organization they could offer a uniform, high quality good, that would be sold at a minimum price. The guild system enforced the rules of apprenticeship against freeriding and exploitation and offered institutional and practical support to the migrant apprentices, journeymen, and masters who transferred their knowledge from town and region of Europe to another.
Louvain-la-Neuve11-9-2012 00:0014-9-2012 00:00
De Moor, M. (Tine)
 XVIth World Economic History Congress

Session 158 on ​Marriage Patterns, Agency in Households, and Economic Growth

Call for papers can be found here.

Stellenbosch8-7-2012 00:0013-7-2012 00:00
Zuijderduijn, dr. C.J. (Jaco)
 Seminar Chaney
JKH 13, 0.0626-4-2012 12:0026-4-2012 13:30
 Seminar Kipping
JKH 13, 0.0619-4-2012 12:0019-4-2012 13:30
 Seminar Deneweth
JKH 13, 0.0612-4-2012 12:0012-4-2012 13:30
 9th European Social Science History ConferenceGlasgow11-4-2012 08:3014-4-2012 18:30
De Moor, M. (Tine)
Weeren, R. van (René)
Zuijderduijn, dr. C.J. (Jaco)
Bouman, A. (Annemarie)
Carmichael, S.G. (Sarah)
Zanden, J.L. van (Jan Luiten)
 Seminar Vries
KNG 80, Ravensteijn5-4-2012 12:005-4-2012 13:30
 Seminar Papaionannou & Van Zanden
JKH 13, 0.0629-3-2012 12:0029-3-2012 13:30
 AttachmentIOS Symposium 'De Institutionele Verbouwing van Nederland'

Dit symposium wordt georganiseerd door het kenniscentrum ‘Instituties van de Open Samenleving’ (IOS).

Tijdens deze bijeenkomst staan vragen centraal als: ‘Welke kant zal, in de context van de huidige crisis, de nieuwe vormgeving van Nederland en Europa opgaan? Wat is de diagnose van de onderliggende problemen en welke hervormingen gaan we nu inzetten als reactie daarop?’
Keynote spreker is Agnes Jongerius over de toekomst van het poldermodel.
Het volledige programma van deze middag is bijgevoegd.
De bijeenkomst start om 14.00 uur (ontvangst vanaf 13.30 uur) en vindt plaats in de Aula van het Academiegebouw.

Je kunt je tot 1 maart a.s. aanmelden bij Linda Westerink ( Voor Programma: zie Attachments.


Akademiegebouw, Aula22-3-2012 14:0022-3-2012 17:00
Westerink, A.H. (Linda)
 Seminar Carvalho
JKH 13, 0.0622-3-2012 12:0022-3-2012 13:30
 Seminar Van Nederveen Meerkerk & Teeuwen
KNG 80, Ravensteijn15-3-2012 12:0015-3-2012 13:30
 Conference 'De Commons'


Hoe kan de theorie van de commons en haar praktische ontwikkeling onze samenleving versterken, het politieke innoveren en de economie vergroenen? Dat is de centrale vraag op het internationale congres dat Oikos organiseert in samenwerking met Etopia en de Green European Foundation. Met Tine De Moor (Universiteit van Utrecht) en Tom Dedeurwaerdere (UCL) komen alvast twee belangrijke experts aan het woord. En in vier workshops wordt dieper ingegaan op wat de commons kunnen betekenen op de domeinen van geld, genen, software en stad.
Locatie : Brussel
How can the theory on the commons and their actual development​ strengthen our society, innovate the political aspect and make our econmoy more 'green'? These are the issues of the international conference organized by Oikos in co-operation with Etopia and the Green European Foundation. Speakers will be (a.o.) the experts Tine De Moor of Utrecht University and Tom Dedeurwaerdere of the Université Catholique de Louvain. In four workshops, the possible meaningof the commons in regard tpo economics, genetics, software, and the municipal society, will be explored.

Location : Brussels. In Dutch.

Brussels9-3-2012 09:009-3-2012 17:00
De Moor, M. (Tine)
 Seminar Maarten Prak
JKH 13, 0.068-3-2012 12:008-3-2012 13:30
 AttachmentHonours Class 'Community and Cooperation'

In this honours class the history, present state and future of community and cooperation will be explored, explained, debated and experienced from an entrepreneurship point of view. With 2012 being declared by the United Nations as the International Year of the cooperative, special attention will go to the functioning, role and potential of cooperatives in our society. A blend of experts from Utrecht University, Rabobank and other organizations, from the Netherlands as well as from abroad, will act as lecturers, providing a mix of academic, business and societal insights into the role of community and cooperation in the economy.

The course, financially supported by the Rabobank, is free for selected Master and PhD students. The program is coordinated by Codrin Kruijne (Utrecht School of Economics) and supervised by Tine de Moor (Department for Social and Economic History) and Erik Stam (Utrecht School of Economics / Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship)

Applications for attending the honours class should be in before Jan. 6, 2012.
​ More information about applications is to be found at the website of the course and in the call for applications (see attachment).



Utrecht3-2-2012 00:008-6-2012 23:55
Kruijne, L.C. (Codrin)
 Seminar 'The Different Politics of Commons'

On the 27th of January Michael Hardt (Duke University) and Tine De Moor (UU) will take part in the Seminar:  ‘The different politics of the commons’. Privatization vs. deprivatization and the new political class.

This seminar will be chaired by Rosi Braidotti, Director of the Utrecht Centre for the Humanities.

The seminar is free of charge, but participants are requested to register in advance at

Studio T, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, Utrecht27-1-2012 14:0027-1-2012 17:00
Centre for Humanities
 Workshop: “Asset Management of Households in Europe, 1300-1800”
Workshop “Asset Management of Households in Europe, 1300-1800” 18th of January 2012 Center for Global Economic History Utrecht University The Netherlands Organizers: Jaco Zuijderduijn & Tine De Moor Recent scholarship has attributed a crucial role to the household in economic history. Much attention has gone to the restrictions to asset management, for instance with respect to legal impediments (marriage contracts, entails), gender-based obstacles (agency in households) and cultural problems (the idea that assets were part of the patrimony) and the effects these had on the economy. In spite of these restrictions, there are plenty of indications that households could use at least part of their possessions as they saw fit, and also that some impediments to alienation became less severe over time. For instance, in her recent book Commerce before capitalism, Martha Howell describes a number of cultural shifts that helped make property more easily alienable. Instead of regarding households as units that received assets from ancestors to pass these on to their heirs, this workshop looks at the way households used land, houses and savings during the life cycle. This approach will allow us to grasp one of the dynamics of markets for real estate and capital, and thus to understand economic and social shifts. This workshop will center on the question how households made best use of their assets. Did households make adjustments in their struggle for existence, and if so, to what end? Did they merely alienate to survive or to assist kin, or did they also invest? Did asset management involve risk-spreading techniques? And how important were non-economic elements, such as the political benefits and prestige of being a landowner? And which effects did this have on economic and social processes? The following questions will be addressed in particular: - To what degree did households participate in markets for real estate and financial markets? - What were the motives for buying or selling property, borrowing or lending? Did asset management allow households to cope with difficulties they encountered in the course of the life cycle (for instance the early adulthood squeeze and retirement squeeze of the life cycle approach of social sciences)? Or did asset management allow for rudimentary types of insurance, for instance by risk-spreading? - Who decided about asset management? Did men and women participate in markets for real estate and financial markets? And to what degree did family members continue to influence decisions with respect to alienation of property? - How important were cultural elements, such as the political benefits of being a landowner, or the notion that land was part of the patrimony? - How did shifts in asset management affect economic development (for instance from a Smithian perspective) and social processes? - Which differences can be observed when European Marriage Pattern regions (i.e. regions characterized by neolocality of households) are compared to regions where different types of household formation existed? Practical information: The workshop will take one day, the 18th of January. Selected paper participants will receive reimbursement of their travel costs and accommodation. Paper proposals (of approx. 1500 words) should be sent before the 15nd of October to Jaco Zuijderduijn ( ) who is also in charge of the organization of the workshop. Selected participants will be informed before the 10th of November. This workshop is made possible by funding from the European Research Council under the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC grant agreement n° 240928) as part of the project "United we stand". The dynamics and consequences of institutions for collective action in pre-industrial Europe. Further information about this project can be found via
Utrecht University18-1-2012 08:0018-1-2012 00:00
Zuijderduijn, dr. C.J. (Jaco)
 RDC Design Course

The Research Design Course offers PhD students an excellent and unique opportunity to discuss their dissertation plans with fellow students from different countries and institutions as well as with international experts. The Research Design Course of 2010, organized by the NW Posthumus Institute together with the local organizers Markus Cerman and Peer Vries of the University of Vienna, was highly valued by students as well as their supervisors as being very useful for the improvement of preparing their dissertation.


Application for the RDC is open to all PhD students in economic and social history regardless of the subject of their dissertation. Applications should be made online by using the application form and sending us an abstract of the (preliminary) paper. Students need to be at the very least at the end of their first year of PhD-research at the time of the course, and at the most at the end of their second year. The application form, as well as specification of requirements and the selection procedure can be found at You will also find the text of the call in the attachment to this e-mail. 

Costs for accommodation, catering and course material will be fully covered by the organizers. However, the student's home institution should cover travel costs. Travel arrangements to and from Évora have to be organized by the selected participants themselves.

Ëvora, Portugal17-10-2011 00:0021-10-2011 00:00
ESTER Congress
 What drives economic development? Economic History meets Development Economics
The launch event of the Centre for Global Economic History - visit for more information
Utrecht17-6-2011 13:0017-6-2011 17:00
Frankema, E. (Ewout)
Carmichael, S.G. (Sarah)
 AttachmentWorkshop Sociale geldcultuur

Het Geldmuseum organiseert op maandag 30 mei 2011 een eendaagse workshop over sociale geldcultuur.


Dat geld een belangrijke rol vervulde in de pre-industriële economie staat wel vast. Maar over het concrete gebruik van geld onder verschillende lagen van de bevolking is veel minder bekend. De workshop problematiseert het geldgebruik en zoekt zo onder meer aansluiting bij de theorie van de Japanse historicus Akinobu Kuroda, die recent stelde dat de omloopsnelheid van geld niet uniform was, maar verschilde van munt tot munt: gouden, zilveren en koperen munten werden bijvoorbeeld niet allemaal in dezelfde sociaaleconomische context gebruikt. Doordat het muntgebruik afhankelijk was van de betrokken partijen en de transactie, slaagde de bevolking er ook in om de onoverzichtelijke monetaire situatie de baas te blijven.


De opzet is om aan de hand van een aantal presentaties te komen tot een beter inzicht in de manieren waarop mensen uit verschillende sociale klassen omgingen met geld. Daarbij staan de volgende vragen centraal:


1.     In hoeverre bepaalde de sociaaleconomische context het muntgebruik? Kregen verschillende sociale groepen verschillende munten in handen? En gaat dit ook op voor verschillende typen transactie?

2.     Bij welke transacties was het mogelijk de behoefte aan munten ondervangen met behulp van krediet? En in hoeverre was dit van invloed op de muntcirculatie?

3.     Welke sociale groepen vertoonden spaargedrag en welke munten werden door hen aan circulatie onttrokken?

4.     In hoeverre werden munten ook gebruikt als middel om welstand of vrijgevigheid te tonen? En om welke munten ging het dan?


De workshop brengt wetenschappers bijeen die onderzoek doen naar muntcirculatie, betaal-, spaar- en schenkgedrag onder sociale groepen, alsmede wetenschappers die zich bezighouden met bronnen die inzicht bieden in deze thema’s.


Belangstellenden kunnen zich aanmelden via:

Geldmuseum Utrecht30-5-2011 10:3030-5-2011 16:00
Zuijderduijn, dr. C.J. (Jaco)
 Our Common Future/The Future of our commons

De vis uit de oceaan, het tropisch oerwoud of landbouwgronden in Nederland, van wie zijn die eigenlijk? En wie is er verantwoordelijk voor dat ze goed beheerd worden en niet opraken? Zowel de staat als de markt zijn niet goed in het omgaan met schaarse natuurlijke rijkdommen. Kan het collectief dienen als alternatief? In veel samenlevingen bestaan ‘commons’: gemeenschappelijk beheerde gronden. Kunnen we in deze vorm de zorg voor mens, milieu en natuur op ons nemen?

Tijdens dit symposium is de centrale vraag: Wat commons zijn, welke kenmerken ze hebben die ze tot een succesvolle vorm van bestuur en beheer van eigendom kunnen maken en op welke manier ze toegepast kunnen worden om huidige collectieve actieproblemen op te lossen. Commons zijn in de geschiedenis een duurzame vorm van bestuur gebleken waardoor problemen overwonnen konden worden. Voorbeelden zijn de Waterschappen die ouder zijn dan de Staten Generaal, maar ook de gilden. We vragen ons af of commons ook een rol kunnen spelen in een duurzame samenleving. Via het verzamelen van wetenschappelijke inzichten en een debat wordt onderzocht in hoeverre deze concepten bruikbaar zijn voor beleid en de huidige collectieve actieproblemen, zoals we die ontmoeten rond schaarste van grondstoffen en van ruimte, de gevolgen van klimaatverandering of in de sociale zekerheid. Het opent onze gedachten voor het idee dat er meer is dan markt of staat.

Utrecht University, Academy Building16-5-2011 13:1516-5-2011 19:30
De Moor, M. (Tine)
 Promotie Jessica Dijkman
Promotie Jessica Dijkman in de senaatszaal van het Academiegebouw.
Academiegebouw, senaatszaal18-6-2010 16:1518-6-2010 17:00
 Meeting IAP
Annual meeting of IAP project: 'City and society in the Low Countries (1200-1800): space, knowledge and social capital'. In the morning there is an administrative meeting, and in the afternoon a workshop on social capital in the city.
Janskerkhof 13a, room 00621-11-2009 10:0021-11-2009 17:00
Rasterhoff, C.
 Lecture Derek Keene: 'An urban transition: London c. 300-700'
The accompanying paper will be attached soon.
Janskerkhof 13a, room 00620-11-2009 16:0020-11-2009 17:30
Rasterhoff, C.
 15th World Economic History Congress
WEHC imageIn 2009 the International Economic History Association (IEHA) will hold its XVth World Economic History Congress in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from August 3 to 7. The organizing institutions are Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social History. The World Economic History Congress takes place every three or four years. It offers excellent opportunities for scholars in economic history from all over the world to present their work, exchange knowledge and views, and set the research agenda for the years to come. Please check the website at
Utrecht3-8-2009 00:007-8-2009 00:00
Dijkman, J.E.C. (Jessica)
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