The new special issue examines the contemporary politics of, in and through hope.
issue, “Politics of Hope”, guest edited by Marjo Lindroth and Heidi
Sinevaara-Niskanen, contains multidisciplinary research on politics that appears
and functions through hope. The authors contributing to the issue are Eva
Ottendörfer, Claes Tängh Wrangel, Valeria Guerrieri and David Chandler. Together,
their contributions demonstrate that politics of hope is present in a diverse
range of events and phenomena, from transitional justice and measures of counterterrorism
to the mapping of energy resources and assessing the meaning of the Anthropocene.
The authors offer critical insights into the dynamics of hope and its usefulness for political
power, and consider hope as not only an empowering and enabling force but also as something that
can stagnate and preclude such development.
articles in the special issue are:
Ottendörfer: Assessing the role of hope in processes of transitional justice:
mobilizing and disciplining victims in Sierra Leone’s truth commission and
- Claes Tängh
Wrangel: Biopolitics of hope and security: governing the future through US counterterrorism
Guerrieri: The spatiality of hope: mapping Canada’s Northwest energy frontier
Chandler: The death of hope? Affirmation in the Anthropocene
issue has been published in the journal Globalizations, August 2019, vol. 16,