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Routledge Research in Anticipation and Futures

About the Series

The Anticipation and Futures Studies series brings together scholarship and research across many disciplines to explore the relationship between ideas of the future and action in the present. It acts as a gathering point for those seeking to question the form that the future takes in contemporary or past societies, for those working to understand how futures are mobilised to effect change in the present, for those exploring how futures are made and remade through culture, for those hoping to create new relationships between past, present and future, and for those questioning the very framing of linear time as a basis for understanding the world. It explores what it might take to work with different conceptions of futures, futurity and temporality to create new conditions for democratic, sustainable futures. 


Books in the series draw from fields as diverse as psychology and literature, governance and innovation, education and design. The series enables academics and practitioners from a wide range of fields across the arts, humanities and social sciences to engage in lively debates across disciplinary perspectives, and so to deepen their understanding of anticipation as a phenomenon, a way of knowing and a social, anthropological and cultural reality. Single and co-authored monographs are welcome, as well as edited volumes and shortform books.  


We welcome proposals in any area, but are particularly interested in books that open up new directions in relation to the following questions: 

Uncertainty – how is ‘not knowing’ the future understood, valued, explored and addressed in different contexts? 

Difference – what are the different cultural and historical traditions of thinking about time and futures and how might they complement, enrich or trouble each other? 

Pasts and Futures – how do pasts, heritage, traditions of remembrance shape and in turn are shaped by ideas of the future? What is the role of reparative futures in creating new presents and new possibilities? 

Innovation, Experimentation & Agency – how are ideas of the future translated into action? And actions translated into futures? What does it mean to ‘build’ the futures that we want, what are the risks and unintended consequences of such processes? 

More than human futures – how are futures framed and made in a non-human worldview? What role does matter play in making futures? 

Equality and Access – are futures socially and economically distributed? What resources are required to support anticipatory practice and how are these patterned socially, culturally, materially? 

Anticipatory Emotion & Affect – what non-cognitive and non-rational elements drive anticipatory practices? With what implications? 

The Dangers of Anticipation – when does anticipation become pathological, dangerous or risky to individuals, organisations and societies? 

Temporality – what models of time underpin anticipatory practice? How is time used as a resource for anticipation? 

Please contact the Editor, Grace Harrison, [email protected] to submit an outline proposal.

8 Series Titles

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Working with Time in Qualitative Research Case Studies, Theory and Practice

Working with Time in Qualitative Research: Case Studies, Theory and Practice

1st Edition


Edited By Keri Facer, Johan Siebers, Bradon Smith
September 25, 2023

This collection brings together researchers and scholars from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who are actively exploring the many different ways in which time might be understood, imagined and used in qualitative research. Taken together, the contributions begin to trace the ...

Sustainable and Democratic Education Opening Spaces for Complexity, Subjectivity and the Future 

Sustainable and Democratic Education: Opening Spaces for Complexity, Subjectivity and the Future 

1st Edition

By Sarah Chave
May 31, 2023

In a world struggling with environmental and social problems resistant to current solutions, education needs to explore ways to ‘enlarge the space of the possible’ rather than only ‘replicate the existing possible’. To respond to this challenge, this book troubles dominant Western ...

Retopia: Creating New Spaces of Possibility

Retopia: Creating New Spaces of Possibility

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By Dirk Hoyer
May 22, 2023

Retopia tells the story of social innovation in times of crisis, and through its cross-disciplinary narrative it goes beyond existing forms of future anticipation and maps out a practice-based approach to the creation of new realities. It explores how new imaginaries, social experiments, and ...

A Creative Philosophy of Anticipation Futures in the Gaps of the Present

A Creative Philosophy of Anticipation: Futures in the Gaps of the Present

1st Edition

Edited By Jamie Brassett, John O'Reilly
January 09, 2023

This edited collection highlights the valuable ontological and creative insights gathered from anticipation studies, which orients itself to the future in order to recreate the present.   The gathered essays engage with many writers from speculative metaphysics to poetic philosophy, ancient writing...

Indigenous Futures and Learnings Taking Place

Indigenous Futures and Learnings Taking Place

1st Edition

Edited By Ligia (Licho) López López, Gioconda Coello
January 09, 2023

Singularizing progressive time binds pasts, presents, and futures to cause-effect chains overdetermining existence in education and social life more broadly. Indigenous Futures and Learnings Taking Place disrupts the common sense of "futures" in education or "knowledge for the future" by examining ...

Ethical Humans Life, Love, Labour, Learning and Loss

Ethical Humans: Life, Love, Labour, Learning and Loss

1st Edition

By Victor Jeleniewski Seidler
November 30, 2021

Ethical Humans questions how philosophy and social theory can help us to engage the everyday moral realities of living, working, loving, learning and dying in new capitalism. It introduces sociology as an art of living and as a formative tradition of embodied radical eco post-humanism. Seeking to ...

Anticipation, Sustainability, Futures and Human Extinction Ensuring Humanity’s Journey into The Distant Future

Anticipation, Sustainability, Futures and Human Extinction: Ensuring Humanity’s Journey into The Distant Future

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By Bruce E. Tonn
May 17, 2021

This book considers the philosophical underpinnings, policy foundations, institutional innovations, and deep cultural changes needed to ensure that humanity has the best chance of surviving and flourishing into the very distant future. Anticipation of threats to the sustainability of human ...

The Promise of Nostalgia Reminiscence, Longing and Hope in Contemporary American Culture

The Promise of Nostalgia: Reminiscence, Longing and Hope in Contemporary American Culture

1st Edition

By Nicola Sayers
January 16, 2020

The Promise of Nostalgia analyses a range of texts – including The Virgin Suicides, both the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides’ and Sofia Coppola’s screen adaptation, photography of Detroit’s ‘abandoned spaces’, and blogger Tavi Gevinson's media output – to explore nostalgia as a prominent affect in ...

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