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Narratives of Sustainability in the Anthropocene. Interdisciplinary Dimensions
Volume 19, Issue 2 - December 2022
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30th August, 2022

Guest Editor

Asunción López-Varela
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Email: [email protected]

  • Complete Information for this Special Issue
  • Sustainability has been at the forefront of public debate since the start of the 21st century. Initially, the debate focused on social inequalities and migration as result of fragile economies, corrupt governments and war. Then, climate change became the main target of discussion, with detractors preventing positive advance to solve problems. The global pandemic and its associated crisis, environmental and natural problems, resource shortages, social fracturing, economic disparities, among other calamities, have given us plenty of reasons to want to explore sustainability from different angles, including also cultural perspectives.

    The term ‘sustainability’ was first used in a United Nations 1987 report entitled “Our Common Future”. Sustainable development was defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The definition focuses on actors (people) and their context (space and time). Thus, it offers a glimpse of a narrative where future generations bear the consequences of present day development goals, emerging as a property of global interdisciplinary sociocultural communities of practice.

    An integrated approach to systemic sustainability requires breaking up with the habit of treating stages of production or end-products, and looking at the connections –intra and inter relations- between the various elements that constitute our world. Such relations are simultaneously material (between human and nonhuman entities) and semiotic and axiological (between concepts).

    This special issue will explore each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN 2015-2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development from a comparative perspective that integrates aspects of social sciences and humanities as well as the hard sciences. Different chapters will address different SDGs from a combined perspective with the aim of strengthening education in sustainable development across world regions, which according to various reports is an urgent need.

    Please send full papers to guest editor Asun López-Varela at [email protected] following the journal's submission guidelines and include a short 100 word bioprofile. Deadline: 30th August 2022.

    • Accepted papers must be in English.
    • See the journal's Submission Guidelines for formatting requirements and submission procedure.
    • Manuscript should conform to the guidelines in the MLA (Modern Language Association) Style Manual.