Special Issue – Utopias

Call for contributions for our Special Issue on Utopias:

In his ingenious book ‘The Ministry for the Future’, novelist Kim Stanley Robinson popularized the genre ‘climate fiction’ and visualized both the horrors of a world under accelerated climate change but also the creative human potential to deal with it. At universities, ideas of imaginaries and desirable futures gain traction as students protest on the streets and scholars attempt to reimagine academia in the face of urgent global challenges (e.g., see the recent post by Palazzo & Gallea at the Grand Challenges Blog or the article in which Gümüsay & Reinecke call for value-led and future-oriented social science theories). In this context, the infamous ‘performativity of ideas’ helps to recognize that, what we picture in our minds, can indeed become real.

But what do you think? What is your desirable future and how can it be enacted?

With this Special Issue on ‘Utopias’ we seek to provide a forum for ideas that can grow into more desirable futures. Below, you can find a non-exhaustive list of topics that you may want to explore (500-1000 words). You can of course propose your own topic.

Deadline to submit an abstract (150 words): we accept submissions on a running basis in 2024

How to submit: Please follow our submission guidelines that are available here

CategoriesExample questions/topics
Technology: quo vadis?
  • Low-tech solutions in a degrowth scenario
  • Carbon-capture and storage (CCS): an effective solution or excuse for business-as-usual?
  • Hydrogen: Hype or real alternative?
  • Nuclear fusion: source of electricity in the future?
  • Artificial intelligence: positive and negative ecological impact potentials
The future of climate cooperation
  • Good COP? Bad COP? A response to Gomez-Echeverri and Müller on reforming the U.N. climate conferences (COPs)
  • Keep it in the ground: an outlook on post-fossil energy scenarios
  • Enacting the fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty
  • Debt-for-climate swaps
Political organization and ‘living well within limits’
  • Ecological and democratic planning
  • Desirable futures in food systems (e.g., agro-ecology, permaculture)
  • More radical than radical? A perspective on anarchist social organization
  • Comparative political economy: Measuring well-being in socialist and capitalist economies
Growth, post-growth, degrowth
  • Reimagining economic life in a post-or degrowth society
  • Work / care work
  • Financial regulation
  • ‘Biospherical’ currencies and money creation
  • Geopolitics
  • Theoretical and practical barriers to a degrowth world economy.
Science and academia
  • Curriculum change at business schools: imagining higher education beyond business-as-usual
  • What makes ‘good science’ in the Anthropocene?
  • Enlightenment or ‘Enlivenment’? Philosophical perspectives in the 21st century
  • Getting rid of human chauvinism: Between the metaphysics of alterity and relationality

By: Philipp Censkowsky, Arianna Pisciella & Robin Schimmelpfennig (The Editorial Team)

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