Masters in Commons Administration: new taster course in 2023

Applications are now open.

Applications are now open for a three-day taster course for the Masters in Commons Administration (MCA) in January 2023, at the foot of Blencathra in the Lake District, in the North-West of England.

About the course

The Institute for Commoning has brought together world-leading scholars, international activists, expert organisers and dedicated commoners with the aim of offering a programme of study for any adult learner who wants to explore the commons as an alternative and challenge to markets, the capitalist state and colonisation. This programme will be rigorous, exciting and roughly equivalent to a Masters degree.

In January 2023, the Institute for Commoning will be running a weekend residential taster course for anyone who wants to learn more.

The taster course will be UK-based and residential. It will run from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 January, in Blencathra Field Studies Centre in the Lake District, (nearest station Penrith). The taster course will include a keynote talk by J. T. Roane of Rutgers University (Department of Africana Studies/Andrew W. Mellow Chair in the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice).

There will be 20 places and it will be free of charge, although participants will be asked to cover their own travel costs to get to the venue if they are able.

How to apply

To apply, fill in the application form by midnight on Sunday 27 November 2022.

The course is being run by the Institute for Commoning. For more information, visit the Institute for Commoning website.

Previous taster courses

This is the second time the MCA has run a taster course. The first, in June 2022, was co-hosted by the Centre for Future Natures in Brighton.

The keynote speaker in Summer 2022 was Massimo de Angelis, who spoke about the commons and revolution.

‘Sedentist’ bias and the pastoral commons

Future Natures

Pastoralists are often marginalised from common land and resources, even by policies that claim to help them. Policies are based on a bias towards fixed, formalised land ownership.

On the Promise of the Commons

Anoushka Zoob Carter

Comic: Weird Ecologies

Future Natures