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Call for Papers for a Special Issue on The Prospects of a Pluriversal Transition to a Post-Capitalist, Post-Carbon Future

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Abstract deadline: 20 December 2022 {SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT HERE}
Manuscript deadline: 30 April 2023 {SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE HERE}

Special Issue Editor(s):

S A Hamed Hosseini, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Barry K GillsThe University of Helsinki, Finland

The Prospects of a Pluriversal Transition to a Post-Capitalist, Post-Carbon Future

The historical inevitability of a deep civilizational shift is well understood by a growing number of progressive movements. The landscape of these movements (also known as the “pluriverse” of post-capitalist alternatives) continues to grow as they respond to the current global crises. Surely, there is already an abundance of transformative practices, utopian visions, and transition theories. However, most of this landscape is unknown, since they do not make headlines in the mainstream media and are largely neglected by the political and economic elite. Moreover, the pluriverse is dynamic, diverse, and constantly evolving, adding to the complexities of social transitions we are witnessing today.

This call for papers invites its potential contributors to share their knowledge of the pluriverse and help address the question of how to co-develop an inclusive and dynamic knowledge of progressive alternatives (to capital, carbon, and coloniality) and make this knowledge a historical force that actively empowers and synergizes myriad actors.

More particularly, this special issue invites critical reflections on the contradictions between centralist and decentralist tendencies and the dilemma of unity vs diversity as perhaps the most critical problem for many movements within pluriversal politics. Historically, authoritarian movements have shown a greater capacity to overcome this dilemma in favor of an imposed unity, acting against diversity. However, the trillion-dollar question for the movements in the pluriverse of progressive alternatives is how to create dynamic and sustainable synergies across multiple differences that would result in fully-fledged systemic replacements.

Editors’ latest publication on the topic: Pluriversality and beyond: consolidating radical alternatives to (mal-)development as a Commonist project, Sustainability Science, (2022) 17(4), 1183-94. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-022-01129-8.

The main objective of the SI is to foster collective reflection on the problematics raised in our article “Pluriversality and Beyond“. We see this as a prelude to a much-needed, deeper, critical-yet-constructive conversation on the limitations of post-developmentalism and pluriversal discourse in the face of global urgencies.

We recognize the challenge of avoiding unifying meta-narratives while creating synergies and system-wide transitions, a longstanding dilemma. To address this, we have developed a new framework (which needs further work) and encourage new thoughts, especially those backed with empirical evidence. We are committed to ensuring that all contributions, regardless of their differences, directly relate to the main purpose of the SI.

Submission Instructions

To be considered for inclusion in this special issue, please first email an extended abstract of no more than 500 words to S A Hamed Hosseini at hamed.hosseini[@]newcastle.edu.au. Please use “Special issue – Prospects of a Pluriversal Transition” in your email’s subject line.

• Abstracts are due by December 20, 2022
• Authors will be notified of their submission status by February 1, 2023
• Abstracts must be clearly related to the main issues outlined in the special issue description. We invite contributions from all relevant disciplines and critical perspectives.
• If successful, authors will be invited to submit their full paper through the journal’s online submission system no later than the 30th of April 2023. All manuscripts will be subject to the journal’s peer-review process.
• Articles should not exceed 8,000 words.
• All papers must be submitted online through the journal’s website
• Select “special issue title” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.
All inquiries can be sent to hamed.hosseini[@]newcastle.edu.au



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