CfP Ethnologia Fennica 2/2023: Hope in times of crisis and transformation


Global climate and ecological emergencies, biodiversity loss, societal polarization, war, hunger, soaring energy and inflation are some of the simultaneous crises humanity faces today. The impacts of recent environmental and macroeconomic developments have become aggravated by severe geopolitical conflicts and social tensions (Bjerregaard & Kverndokk 2018; Jansen 2021).

Demanding crises also happen in everyday life. Burn out, unemployment, poverty, health problems, and other existential experiences refer to personal crises, which make it challenging for people to imagine a better future. Experience of social injustice, inequality and societal transformations raise fears and cause emotional stress that often unleash a negative spiral. (Turner 2020; Lockwood 2020)

It is often easier to engage with hope than to speak about the future or present solutions that help tackle challenges. Hope is both an emotional resource in difficult times and a power of agency that prompts action. The emotion and notion of hope empowers individuals to act upon critical situations and to turn their agency into a more resilient direction. Through hope people aspire to bring about transformation and positive change - in their own lives, in society, for tackling global challenges and crises (Bryant & Knight 2019).

The issue 2/2023 of Ethnologia Fennica calls for a broad range of articles that deal with how individuals, activists, communities, or movements mobilize, use, and evoke hope. Where does hope happen, and how? Under which circumstances emerges and flourishes hope? What kind of narratives are constructed based on hope? In what kind of personally overwhelming or global global crises and transformations can hope help to imagine new alternatives and to become resilient and active?

Ethnologia Fennica is a peer-reviewed, international open access journal. The journal publishes original scholarly articles, review articles, conference reports and book reviews written in English. The articles undergo double-blind peer review. The Finnish Publication Forum classifies Ethnologia Fennica as a leading academic journal at Level 2 (on a scale of 0 to 3).

Please submit your abstract by 20 December 2022. The deadline for submitting article manuscripts is 31 March 2023, and it is possible to submit an article without the abstract submission. The deadline for reviews, reports and commentary texts is 31 August 2023. The issue will be published in December 2023.

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