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By Nil Disco, Eda Kranakis

With the appearance of modernity, the sharing of assets and infrastructures quickly increased past neighborhood groups into local, nationwide, or even transnational area -- nowhere as visibly as in Europe, with its small-scale political divisions. This quantity perspectives those shared source areas as the seedbeds of a brand new iteration of technology-rich bureaucratic and transnational commons. Drawing at the concept of cosmopolitanism, which seeks to version the dynamics of an more and more interdependent global, and at the culture of commons scholarship encouraged by way of the past due Elinor Ostrom, the ebook develops a brand new thought of ''cosmopolitan commons'' that gives a framework for merging the examine of expertise with such matters as chance, ethical order, and sustainability at degrees past the geographical region.

After laying out the theoretical framework, the booklet offers case reports that discover the empirical nuances: airspace as delivery commons, radio broadcasting, hydropower, climate forecasting and genetic range as info commons, transboundary pollution, and ''capstone'' experiences of interlinked, temporally layered commons: one on overlapping commons in the North Sea for freight, fishing, and fossil fuels; and one on commons for shipping, salmon fishing, and fresh water within the Rhine.

Contributors:Håkon With Andersen, Nil Disco, Paul N. Edwards, Arne Kaijser, Eda Kranakis, Kristiina Korjonen-Kuusipuro, Tiago Saraiva, Nina Wormbs

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This is the spatial framework of surveying and mapmaking, to which, among other things, the tessellation of the Earth’s surface into national territories is referenced. But Wenzlhuemer argues that spaces also can be defined in many other ways. His examples include “communication space” and “transport space”—that is, the length of time it takes, at any historical juncture, to communicate a message or to transport people and objects between two points. But time is only one criterion for defining space.

A North Sea transport network cannot be the same as a land-based network; it will have to contain very different kinds of elements. The nuts and bolts of the network change visibly the moment you reach the water; less visibly, so do the institutions. The same holds when we look at a large river such as the Rhine. Behind the human-made actor networks focused on the Rhine and its locus of resources, the Rhine itself figures as a nature-made rift or fold in space-time that has proved to be only partly mutable by human agency.

However, as Tiago Saraiva argues in his chapter, it is possible to define multiple and interpenetrating spaces of crop biodiversity, both natural and artificial. The three that figure in his account are the natural Vavilov centers (regions of the world that harbor the greatest stocks of genetic diversity for distinct crop types), networks of farmers’ fields, and the networks of seed banks. 3 shows the location of the Vavilov centers. They began to be caught up in regional and national artificial spaces of crop genetic diversity as expeditions were dispatched from seed banks (the first of which were in Europe) to collect the seeds of many plant varieties for use in programs of crop hybridization.

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