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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 33rd World Cooperative Congress and related events are now rescheduled to take place from 28 November to 3 December 2021.
The preparatory Cooperative Research Conference and the 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law will take place on 28-30 and 29-30 November 2021, respectively and will be precursors for thematic debates based on scientific and analytical contributions aimed to build content for discussions during the Congress.
The call for abstracts and the call for panel proposals are open again for submissions until April 15, 2021!
We invite you to read this detailed call extension, and request you to direct your questions and concerns regarding the ICA Cooperative Research Conference to email@example.com and those regarding the 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law to firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 marked the 125th anniversary of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the 25th anniversary of the ICA Statement on the Cooperative Identity. It was also a year spent amid a pandemic that continues in 2021. As a result, the 33rd World Cooperative Congress has been rescheduled to be organized in December 2021 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The decision to further defer the Congress was taken by the ICA Board towards the end of 2020 considering the most recent situation of the spread of the COVID-19 virus as well as the progress being made by the scientific and medical communities to protect human life.
The Congress offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and deepen the understanding of the cooperative identity and the profound social and economic impact of cooperatives worldwide with discussions on questions such as:
The event will explore how the cooperative identity addresses current global issues like climate action, sustainable development, conflicts and violence, income and wealth inequality, gender equality and the future of work, that demand a resolute response. The competitive advantage of the cooperative identity — business performance, market share, best governance and management practices, and the unique nature of cooperative capital, will also be explored.
What is a World Cooperative Congress?
World Cooperative Congresses, organized by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), convene only on very special occasions: the creation of the ICA (1st Congress, 1895); the approval of the Statement on the Cooperative Identity (31st Congress, 1995); or the UN International Year of Cooperatives (32nd Congress, 2012).
These are gatherings of cooperators at large including representatives of ICA member organizations. The 33rd World Cooperative Congress, initially foreseen for December 2020 and now postponed by a year to December 2021, in Seoul, will be only the second Congress to be held outside Europe and is an opportunity to reaffirm the universal value and recognition of the cooperative identity.
Read more about the 33rd World Cooperative Congress at
The ICA Cooperative Research Conference will be organized on 28-30 November 2021 in Seoul as a pre-Congress event. The Conference will be the precursor for debates on key-themes and sub-themes of the World Cooperative Congress, building content for discussions based on scientific and analytical contributions.
Note to researchers having who have already presented an abstract during the original call for abstracts in 2020
We thank researchers who had submitted their abstracts and proposals for panels for the research conference, in 2020, with whom we will continue to work through 2021. We ask them to check the information regarding the conference fees and modalities of participation below. This information is also available on the ICA website HERE and on the Congress website HERE.
The Cooperative Research Conference will explore and address specific themes intrinsically linked to the overarching theme of the Congress: “Deepening Our Cooperative Identity”.
The ICA invites cooperative researchers, experts and practitioners to submit individual abstracts (750 words maximum) or proposals of panel sessions (including the participants' names and affiliations) on the themes defined in the Concept note of the 33rd Congress (see annex in the attached document) and proposed under one of the four specific Thematic Lines outlined in the Thematic Lines section below.
Please use submission forms for abstracts and panel-proposals, downloadable HERE. The submission should include:
Evaluation and selection will be made on the basis of the potential of the proposed communications and panel sessions to address critical issues in mobilizing relevant and robust arguments based on both theoretical, analytical, conceptual and empirical bases.
Young Scholars (students, or scholars within 2 years of graduation) are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.
The authors of the selected abstracts will be invited to develop them into full papers (5000-7000 words) and if specifically indicated, extended abstracts (2000-3000 words). Selected authors will interact with the Scientific Committee of the research conference in order to elaborate their papers in line with the Congress program.
Abstracts for papers and proposals for panels under this new and re-opened call must be submitted by April 5, 2021. Final papers to be submitted by July 31, 2021.
1. The Cooperative Identity
What are the unique opportunities that the Cooperative Identity presents for membership growth, expanded market share and significant social impact?
2. Cooperative Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The cooperative identity as a foundation for innovation and a unique business opportunity.
3. Cooperative Global Commitment
The present and future roles of cooperatives in affecting positive change to global challenges: climate crisis, conflict, inequality.
4. Cooperative identity and the SDGs
Cooperatives as promoters of the SDGs and the role of the cooperative identity
The events will be organized in a hybrid format with participants to be given the option of joining virtually through the internet, or physically (presential) in Seoul. The following fee structure will be applicable for participants and will cover access to all research-based events.
Presential (physical) Participation
Submissions of Abstracts and/or Panels by 15 April 2021
Notification to selected authors by 5 May 2021
Submissions of final papers by 31 July 2021
Publication of abstracts and/or papers
All abstracts will be translated into four languages (EN, FR, ES, KR) and integrated into conference proceedings. All papers will be uploaded on the Congress website and app.
Post-Conference activity (until 31 May 2021)
After the Congress, authors may review their papers and submit them to the ICA. The submitted papers, if accepted, will be used to publish the ICA Cooperative Research Conference proceedings, a dedicated edition of the Review of International Cooperation and other publications (TBD), including in Spanish, French and Korean, subject to the authors’ approval.
Abstracts should be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Korean. Full papers should also be written in one of these four languages.
In using provided forms, please submit your abstracts or panel session proposal to email@example.com indicating in the subject line: “LAST NAME-World Coop Congress 125 Years ICA-Theme #” for communications or “LAST NAME-World Coop Congress 125 Years ICA Panel-Theme #” for panel proposals.
If you are a Young Scholar (student, or within 2 years of graduation) please add:
“LAST NAME - YS-World Coop Congress 125 Years ICA– Theme #”
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A scientific committee will supervise the process of communication selection and elaboration of papers. The committee has two co-Chairs and is composed of researchers proposed by
There will be four linguistic streams in the evaluation process, for English, Spanish, French and Korean.