Call for Papers for the 10th International Conference of ICSA
28-30 June 2010, Emek Yezreel College, Israel

The Varied Paths of Communal Life

The International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) is a multidisciplinary organization providing a common framework for scholarly exchange regarding communal life: communes, intentional communities, collective settlements, kibbutz and cooperatives throughout the world. The 10th international ICSA conference will coincide with the 100th "birthday" of the first kibbutz community Degania and the 25th birthday of ICSA – both important dates! It will be held in The Emek Yezreel College that is situated in the Yezreel Valley, in the north of Israel, where you can find many of the first kibbutz communities and other communal life styles. It is also close to historical venues like Degania, Nazareth, Tiberias, Haifa and Acre. The organizers of the conference are the Institute for Research of the Kibbutz and the Cooperative Idea from the University of Haifa, and the Emek Yezreel College.

We are planning, as always, to have both an academic track and a practical community track because the meetings and the exchange of ideas between these two groups benefits both.

What will be in the next conference? A few preliminary suggestions have already been sent to us but a decision will be made by the conference committee when we receive all. Any additional ideas are welcome and will be considered. Some of the suggestions for the conference themes are:

a.Lessons and contribution from the long lived communities such as the Hutterites, the Kibbutzim, the Bruderhofs, the Egalitarian Communities.
b.Challenges confronting the communal life in the Globalizing world.
c.The contribution intentional communities can make to peace and the reduction of violence.
d.Learning of communal experiences in different continents – Latin America, East Asia, Africa.
e.Architecture as a representation of the development of intentional communities.
f.Varieties of Ownership and Rental of Housing in Alternative Communities
g.Relations Between Members and Nonmembers in Mixed Communities
h.Differences in Compensation for Work in Communal and Cooperative Organizations.
i.The Role of Individual Capital Accounts and Profit Sharing in Communal, Cooperative, and/or Employee-Owned Organizations.
j.Differences among Age-Groups and Generations within Communal and Cooperative Organizations.
k.Changes in Communal and Cooperative Workplaces Over Time -- Developmental Communalism, Inertia, or Renewal?
l.Lessons from the varied the intentional communities such as co-housing, eco-villages, integral cooperatives.
m.Gender differences in participation, innovations and changes of communal life

This call for papers is for:
a.Session organizers – Please send us suggestions for sessions you are ready to organize.
b.Abstract submission – Please send us your abstracts (up to 350 words) in an attached file. The abstracts will be carefully reviewed by the academic committee of the conference.

Proposals for organizing sessions and for papers should be sent until December 31st, 2009 to Prof. Michal Palgi, Conference Chair:
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