Disrupting Climate Change Futures: Conceptual Tools for Lost Histories

Christian De Cock, Daniel Nyberg, Christopher Wright*

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Considering the worsening climate crisis, we argue that our present conditions require a particular approach to the past in order to disrupt current intellectual trajectories. We enrol Walter Benjamin’s concept of history, via the writings of Svetlana Alexievich and Margaret Atwood, with the aim of bringing a criticality to the present to make us reconsider the ways we think about and act in our present world. Based on Alexievich and Atwood’s work, we develop research conceptualizations of forgotten and alternative histories to open up a space to consider a future climate-changed world beyond the dominant tropes of inevitable dystopian apocalypse and clever technological adaptation. We offer the concept of ‘hope without optimism’ in encouraging management and organization studies scholars to develop a discipline fit for the Anthropocene.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)468-482
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

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Published online: 1. November 2019


  • Anthropocene
  • Climate change
  • History
  • Hope
  • Literature

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