[Seminar] Complementary Currencies for economic and social change – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Complementary currencies and social change

18-20 July 2020

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Deadline for abstract submission: 6 January 2020

Deadline for full paper submission: 10 June 2020

Organizers: “Alternatives to Capitalism” Research Network in partnership with RAMICS Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Community and Complementary Currency Systems

Chairs and discussants: Giacomo Bazzani (University of Florence), Philipp Degens (University of Hamburg), Dirk Holemans (University of Antwerpen), Mikko Laamanen (Royal Holloway, University of London), Malu Villela (University of Bristol)

 

For more than two decades now, various forms of complementary currencies emerged all over the world, aiming at “taking back local economies” (North 2014). CCs are commonly understood as media of exchange (Hallsmith/Lietaer 2011) or accounting systems (Fare/Ould- Ahmed 2017) that are used within a particular group of users. Responding to broader debates on our current monetary system, they exemplify how civil society actors offer various attempts from the local to the global level to reconstruct money in order to make it a tool for economic, social, political and/or ecological purposes. In most cases, they tend to be, however, rather small and short-termed.

This panel addresses complementary currency schemes as actors of economic and social change. It particularly aims to identify factors that influence the success and longevity of such schemes. A comparative discussion of different forms and types shall help to explore what internal and external conditions seem to facilitate or hamper success. Related issues might also be discussed, such as the underlying ethics, the modes of economic exchange within the circuits, their contribution to sustainable development and/or resilience.

We, therefore, invite conceptual, theoretical, and empirical contributions from various disciplines (e.g. sociology, economics, anthropology, geography…) that examine (among others):

  • Organizational structure and modes of governance of the currency scheme
  • Participation of consumers and/or businesses, including issues of integration and exclusion
  • Monetary design of the currency (e.g. creation process; links to monetary system etc)
  • Networks of actors and organizations involved, including municipalities, businesses, and civil society organizations
  • Values, ethics, and ideologies underlying the scheme
  • Potential of CCs to contribute to sustainability or resilience
  • Potential for social change and engagement with disadvantaged communities

Please submit abstracts of no longer than 500 words to giacomo.bazzani (at) unifi.it and philipp.degens (at) uni-hamburg.de by 6 January 2020. Submissions would also need to include 3 key words. Full papers should be submitted by 10 June 2020.

[Winter School] EUMOL 2019: Leveraging Digitisation in Europe – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

2019 EUMOL Winter School

Leveraging Digitisation in Europe: Law, Money, and Communities Sustainable Development

Fintech and sustainability are the keywords of 2019 EUMOL Winter School: Fintech is a broad area of law and business, going from crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending to instant payments, open banking and virtual currencies (VCs), in addition to big data, cloud computing or smart contracts; sustainability “is informed by recognition of the importance of protecting human rights and securing the fulfilment of fundamental social needs, acknowledging the economic and societal risks that pervasive inequality, globally and within countries, poses” (Beate Sjåfjell and Christopher M. Bruner (eds), Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability. Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Within EUMOL Jean Monnet Chair, we’ll investigate how the «payment landscape in the EU is undergoing significant transformation due to the introduction of PSD2 and the ongoing Fintech developments» (EBA, The impact of Fintech on payment institutions’ and e-money institutions’ business models, July 2019).

There is no straight normative approach: can Fintech be conducive to more sustainable development? Focusing on money as a means of community belonging according to an interdisciplinary approach, are welcome proposals, such as essays, case law analysis, (recently published) book presentations, community projects on virtual currencies as complementary virtual currencies and business projects on Fintech-based products and services, with a view to establishing a close cooperation with the Business and Law Department of the University of Siena.

This call is addressed to scholars and professionals, grassroots, businesses or start-uppers, in any field, seeking to engage seriously with one of the following topics:

  • Fintech: normative approach, competition regulatory challenges, data protection, contract for the provision of payment services, ADR mechanism, Financial inclusion, Sustainable finance, Insurance and Fintech, Blockchain.
  • Virtual currencies: Legal theories of money, Libra case, Family, small firms and over-indebtedness, “Democratization” of payment and financial systems, Economic growth, The challenges to central banking tasks.

The event is held in English, in Siena (Business and Law Department, University of Siena), from 10th to 13th December 2019. Submission procedure: please, send your abstract of between 400 and 800 words by 5th November together with a short C.V. (or a link to the author’s personal webpage) to the JM Chairholder, Gabriella Gimigliano, Ph.D., Business and Law Department, University of Siena: gabriella.gimigliano@unisi.it.

The selected authors will be informed by 10th November. No full paper will be required for the workshop. The project can cover accommodation expenses. Limited funds for covering travel expenses. The workshop presentations may be considered for an edited book proposal (with an international publisher).

[Conference] Complementary currencies and societal challenges – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

International conference on complementary currencies

Complementary currencies and societal challenges:

Crossing academic and practitioners knowledge/perspectives

Time: 21-22 November, 2019 

Venue: Brussels, Belgium

Institutional organizers of the research seminar: the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) and the Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Community and Complementary Currency Systems (RAMICS)

The surge of growth of cryptocurrencies and digital money have recently caught the attention of both management scholars and practitioners (Brière et al., 2015; Dodgson et al., 2015; Iansiti & Lakhani, 2017; Lehr & Lamb, 2018; Michelman, 2017; Posnett, 2015; Vergne & Swain, 2017). However, cryptocurrencies are only one of the latest forms of complementary currencies (Blanc, 2016). Before the emergence of cryptocurrencies, complementary currencies were mainly conceived of and issued by citizens, nonprofits, businesses, and even local public administrations, and circulated within a defined geographical region or community (Cohen, 2017; Dissaux & Fare, 2017; Guéorguieva-Bringuier & Ottaviani, 2018; Lietaer, 2001). Also known as local, social, regional and alternative currencies, these complementary currency systems are often developed to respond to societal needs and aspirations that official currencies do not address (Meyer & Hudon, 2017; Fraňková et al., 2017; North, 2007). Specifically, they can be designed to promote sustainable behavior, build community social capital, and foster trade and local development (Blanc & Fare, 2013; Collom, 2007; Gomez & Helmsing, 2008; Marshall & O’Neill, 2018; Seyfang & Longhurst, 2013). For example, inter-enterprise currencies are mainly used in business-to-business networks in order to facilitate the exchange of goods and services between small and medium-sized enterprises (Meyer & Hudon, Forthcoming; Stodder, 2009).

Complementary currencies are socio-economic innovations aiming to address societal challenges of social cohesion, economic inclusion and environmental preservation (Stodder, 2009; Joachain & Klopfert, 2014; Michel & Hudon, 2015, Sanz, 2016). This conference aims to gather researchers and practitioners to explore and debate the potential of complementary currencies for sustainable development and socio-economic resilience (Ulanowicz et al., 2009; Gregory, 2014; Graugaard, 2012). We believe that the topic is one that is predestined for cross-disciplinary research and for thinking beyond established boundaries. We invite conceptual and empirical submissions drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and diverse methodologies to explore complementary currencies, including researchers working on cryptocurrencies.

The Complementary Currencies and Societal Challenges conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium. The event is designed to include academic and practitioner knowledge and will be organized in two days:

  • November 21 (evening) – Closing event of (E)change Bruxelles project co-organized with Financité

This social event closes the (E)change Bruxelles action-research project co-organized between the Universite libre de Bruxelles and Financite. It celebrates the emergence of the new Brussels local currency ‘La Zinne’. Researchers participating to the research seminar of the 22nd November are welcome to join this social event, although it is not compulsory.

  • November 22: A research seminar (in English) on the following 5 themes:
    • CC and urban resilience
    • CC and civil society
    • Technology and CC
    • CC and entrepreneurship
    • Ethics and CC

Authors who wish to present their papers at the research seminar should submit electronically a three-page abstract by 01 September 2019 to the following mail address cermi@ulb.ac.be (with mhudon@ulb.ac.be in Cc), specifying to which of the 5 themes they wish to bring their contribution. Abstracts will be selected and authors will be notified and invited by 15 September 2019. A full paper will be due on 01 November 2019.

For questions, please contact Marek Hudon (mhudon@ulb.ac.be) and Tristan Dissaux (tristan.dissaux@ulb.ac.be).

We are looking forward to welcoming you on this Complementary Currencies and Societal Challenges event!

Scientific committee

Jérôme Blanc (Science-Po Lyon; Université Lumière-Lyon 2)

Tristan Dissaux (ULB) – Local Organizer

Marie Fare (Université Lumière-Lyon 2)

Georgina Gomez (Erasmus University)

Marek Hudon (ULB) – Local Organizer

Hélène Joachain (ULB) – Local Organizer

Marc Labie (UMONS)

Camille Meyer (Universiy of Victoria)

Ariane Szafarz (ULB)

References

Blanc, J., Fare, M. 2013. Understanding the role of governments and administrations in the implementation of community and complementary currencies. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 84(1), 63-81.

Blanc, J. 2016. Unpacking monetary complementarity and competition: a conceptual framework. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 41(1), 239-257.

Brière, M., Oosterlinck, K., Szafarz, A. 2015. Virtual currency, tangible return: Portfolio diversification with Bitcoin. Journal of Asset Management, 16(6), 365-373.

Collom, E. 2007. The motivations, engagement, satisfaction, outcomes and demographics of time bank participants: Survey findings from a U.S. system. International Journal of Community Currency Research, 11, 36-83

Dissaux, T, Fare, M. 2017. A collective redefinition of money: The case of the local currency “La Gonette” in Lyon, France. 29th annual SASE conference, Lyon.

Fraňková, E., Fousek, J., Kala, L., Labohý, J. 2014. Transaction network analysis for studying Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS): Research potentials and limitations. Ecological Economics, 107, 266-275.

Gómez, G.M., Dini, P., 2016. Making sense of a crank case: monetary diversity in Argentina (1999–2003). Cambridge Journal of Economics 40, 1421–1437.

Graugaard, J. D. 2012. A tool for building community resilience? A case study of the Lewes Pound. Local Environment, 17(2), 243-260.

Gregory, L. 2014. Resilience or resistance? Time banking in the age of austerity. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 22(2), 171-183.

Guéorguieva-Bringuier, L., Ottaviani, F. 2018. Opposition and isomorphism with the neoliberal logic in community exchange systems. Ecological Economics, 149, 88-97.

Gomez, G.M, Helmsing, A.H.J. 2008. Selective spatial closure and local economic development: What do we learn from the argentine local currency systems? World Development, 36(11), 2489-2511

Joachain, H., Klopfert, F. 2014. Smarter than metering? Coupling smart meters and complementary currencies to reinforce the motivation of households for energy savings. Ecological Economics 105, 89-96.

Meyer, C., Hudon, M. (forthcoming). Money and the commons: An investigation of complementary currencies and their ethical implications. Journal of Business Ethics.

Meyer, C., Hudon, M. 2017. Alternative organizations in finance: Commoning in complementary currencies. Organization, 24(5), 629-647.

Michel, A., Hudon, M. 2015. Community currencies and sustainable development: A systematic review. Ecological Economics, 116, pp. 160–171.

Marshall, A. P., O’Neill, D. W. 2018. The Bristol Pound: A tool for localisation?. Ecological Economics, 146, 273-281.

Sanz, E. O. 2016. Community currency (CCs) in Spain: An empirical study of their social effects. Ecological Economics, 121, 20-27.

Stodder, J. 2009. Complementary credit networks and macro-economic stability: Switzerland’s Wirtschaftsring. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72, 79–95.

Ulanowicz, R. E., Goerner, S. J., Lietaer, B., Gomez, R. 2009. Quantifying sustainability: Resilience, efficiency and the return of information theory. Ecological complexity, 6(1), 27-36.

[5th RAMICS Congress – Call for Papers] Deadline Postponed to the 14th of May

Here is a reminder on the call for papers for the 5th RAMICS Congress, to be held in Japan, Sept. 11-15th.

The deadline has been postponed to May, 14th.

Proposals dealing with community and complementary currencies, under digital forms or not, and with monetary innovation, are welcome.

Don’t hesitate to visit the website of the congress and of RAMICS association.

[RAMICS] Best Paper Award – Japan 2019

The Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Community and Complementary Currency Systems (RAMICS), in partnership with the International Journal of Community Currency Research (IJCCR) and the Bibliography Databank of Community Currency Research (CC-literature), announces the launch of the first edition of the RAMICS’ Best Paper Award on monetary innovation and complementary currency systems.

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This initiative aims to promote research that improves the present understanding of the state, the development and the potentialities of monetary innovation, complementary currency systems and any case of money-based social exchange systems as well. It takes place in the framework of RAMICS biennial congresses. In addition, it seeks to facilitate and strengthen the relationships between those who act in the field of complementary currency research and the movements of activists on the subject, articulating research and practice, rigorous academic reflection and promotion of social change.

Consequently, RAMICS’ Fifth International Congress on Monetary Innovation and Complementary Currency Systems, to be held in Japan – Hida-Takayama, on Sept. 11-15th, 2019, will introduce the first edition of this Best Paper Award, for a paper written in English, considering criteria of originality, relevance, and academic quality.

 Selection process

The selection will take place considering the papers accepted by the international scientific committee of the Congress, and presented during the Congress.

The winner of the award will be announced during the Congress in attendance of the author or at least one author if the paper is co-authored.

The jury may renounce to grant the award if it considers that the competing papers do not meet the expected quality and relevance requirements.

Contest rules

Research norms of an academic paper

Please remember that an academic paper is not a social commentary, an opinion or a “blog”. An academic paper begins with a thesis – the writer of the academic paper aims to persuade readers of an idea or solution to a problem, based on empirical qualitative or quantitative evidence or on theoretical and conceptual analysis. A paper should be structured on a research question that is presented and explained in the introductory section, with reference to the existing literature.

Academic writing should present the reader with an informed argument. The research process is not simply collecting data, evidence, or “facts,” then copy-and-pasting” this preexisting information into a paper. Instead, the research process is about the investigation — asking questions and developing answers through serious critical thinking and thoughtful reflection.

Conditions to be part of the contest

– Articles should be original unpublished material, and not submitted for publication elsewhere.

– Essays will be accepted written English

– Provisional versions or works that have obtained a local, national or international prize will not be accepted.

– The articles must be submitted to RAMICS Congress for presentation, then accepted and presented.

– The applying papers must follow the presentation guidelines that will be circulated in the call for papers of the Congress.

Topics of the papers

– The articles should be based on the thematic areas proposed in the call for papers and guidelines of the RAMICS 5th Congress.

– The work may consist of an analysis of cases and/or theoretical reflections related to the suggested topics.

– Presentations of an individual or collective authorship with no more than three authors will be accepted. In the case of collective essays, the award will be the only one per work.

 The award

The awarded paper will receive an amount of 300 euros. The amount is not per author but per paper, and in the case of multiple authorship, the authors should share this amount.

The awarded paper will be published in the issue of the International Journal of Community Currency Research (IJCCR) that corresponds with the proceedings of the Congress. It will be indexed consequently in the Bibliography of Community Currency Research (CC-literature).

The winners are committed to delivering the final essays adapted to the editorial standards of RAMICS/IJCCR.

 

 

[5th RAMICS Congress – Call for Papers] Deadline Postponed to the 30th of April

Dear colleagues,

Here is a reminder on the call for papers for the 5th RAMICS Congress, to be held in Japan, Sept. 11-15th.

The deadline has been postponed to April, 30th.

Proposals dealing with community and complementary currencies, under digital forms or not, and with monetary innovation, are welcome.

Don’t hesitate to visit the website of the congress and of RAMICS association.

Regards,

Jérôme Blanc

President of RAMICS


5th Biennial RAMICS International Congress in Japan

Going Digital? New Possibilities of Digital-Community Currency Systems”

11th-15th September 2019, Hida-Takayama, Japan

Important Dates

Submitting abstracts by March 31st, 2019 April 30th, 2019 (Japan Standard Time) *The deadline extended.

Notification of acceptance by April 30th, 2019 May 31st, 2019 (Japan Standard Time)

Submitting full papers by July 12th, 2019 (Japan Standard Time)

*Abstracts and full papers must be submitted through the online submission system, EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ramics2019hidatakaya). You have to make an EasyChair account and log in.

Registration

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Call for Papers

Contact

RAMICS 2019 Hida-Takayama Organizing Committee

ramics2019takayama@googlegroups.com

Senshu University Digital-Community Currency Consortium Laboratory

(Laboratory 1410, Building 1, 2-1-1 Higashi-Mita, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 214-8580, Japan.)

Organizing Committee

  • Pr. Makoto Nishibe (General Chair)
  • Pr. Masayuki Yoshida (Co-General Chair)
  • Masahiko Yamazaki (Co-General Chair)
  • Shigeto Kobayashi (Secretary-General)
  • Kazushige Yamakoshi
  • Ken-ichi Kurita
  • Masaaki Ikeda
  • Yoshihisa Miyazaki
  • Ikuma Fujiwara
  • Pr. Masaaki Yoshida
  • Pr. Takashi Hashimoto
  • Hidetoshi Sawa
  • Pr. Masahiro Mikami

Location

The Takayama Cultural Hall in Takayama.

1-188-1 Showa-machi, Takayama, Gifu, 506-0053 Japan

Main transportation network (Shinkansen, expressway, airport location) from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to Takayama

In memoriam – Bernard Lietaer 

In memoriam
Bernard Lietaer
(Lauwe, 7 febbraio 1942 – Hoherhagen, 4 febbraio 2019)
Bernard Lietaer passed away on Feb. 4th, 2019. RAMICS expresses its condolences and sympathy to his family and friends.
Bernard Lietaer published many inspiring books and articles that helped shift the lines toward the recognition of the interest of complementary currencies for sustainability, and built a common ground for thinking and conceiving complementary currencies. He was a forerunner in money matters, advocating for the diversity of currencies, against the “monoculture of money” that, according to him, characterized our current monetary systems.
Among a great variety of conferences, Bernard logically attended the first international conferences on complementary currencies (Lyon 2011, The Hague 2013). He also published a couple of papers in the IJCCR  Some of his bibliographical data can be found on the CC Literature databank. Overall, his website, entitled Currency solutions for a wiser world, contains plenty of documents and papers of his.
Bernard Lietaer will be greatly missed.