Our Entangled Future

“New metaphors have the power to create a new reality.”

(Lakoff and Johnson, 1980, p. 145)

In this book initiative we have invited writers and researchers to submit creative short stories in all genres for inclusion in an anthology that contributes to a new narrative on climate change.


We call the anthology: 

Our Entangled Future - Short Stories to Empower Quantum Social Change

Download the book here (pdf).  

We need stories that confront the limitations of a dualistic, deterministic, and inanimate worldview and instead offer insights into a reality that is connected, entangled, uncertain, and ripe with possibility – a world of complementarity, non-locality, and potentiality. Recognizing the power of language, meaning, and metaphors to create a new reality, we are particularly interested in stories that capture the potential for quantum social change. We are interpreting quantum social change broadly, with a particular emphasis on the importance of metaphor and narrative. We thus take a broad view of entanglement, ranging from physicist Karen Barad’s “generalization of a superposition to the case of more than one particle” to the vernacular meaning of “twisted together.” 


To access and activate our most radical potentials as a storytelling species, we are accepting submissions of short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words. We are most interested in stories that address the objectives described here.  


Process and due date

Please submit your short story to adaptationconnects@sgeo.uio.no by February 1, 2019. Please include a bio (maximum 100 words) and a short statement (50 words) about how your story relates to quantum social change. Selection of twelve to fifteen short stories will be based on a juried process.


The three most compelling stories about quantum social change will receive awards of EUR 1000, EUR 750, and EUR 500. The most promising stories will be edited by renowned author, editor, and writing teacher Jordan E. Rosenfeld (http://jordanrosenfeld.net/about/). 


Authors will be notified of the jury’s decision by April 1, 2019. We aspire to make Our Entangled Future an open access publication that is officially launched at the Transformations 2019 conference from 16-18 October in Santiago, Chile.


More information about the background and objectives for Our Entangled Future can be found here. More information and resources about "quantum social change" can be found here.


This project is co-sponsored by the AdaptationCONNECTS research at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo.


If you have any questions please get in touch with Linda Sygna on linda.sygna@sgeo.uio.no

Published Oct. 11, 2018 3:48 PM - Last modified Oct. 12, 2019 12:45 PM