International Society for the Study of Time  
Call for Papers

Special Issue of

KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time

The History of the Future

Call for Papers


August 1, 2018



Anthony Crabbe & Peter Øhrstrøm


This special issue of Kronoscope particularly welcomes submissions on current issues in the philosophy of time, where the notion of the future plays a crucial role in the following debates about time:


  • A and B-series accounts of event ordering

  • Block theoretical accounts of physical event ordering

  • Eternalism and presentism

  • Possibilism and branching time in both philosophy and quantum theory

  • The contingent future

  • Objective versus subjective time


These debates render the future in many different ways, ranging from a non-existent state to a description of events that are presently unobserved, but “already out there.” Accordingly, history is a notion that may not be restricted only to past events, and the anticipation of future events may be as essential to the awareness of the present as is reflection on past ones.


This call is also open to other disciplines, particularly in respect to notions of what the future holds – notions that range from the cyclical views of pre-industrial cultures to the utopias of early industrial cultures, the dystopias of mature industrial ones, and the miscellany of hopes, fears, and fantasies found in today’s culture.


KronoScope seeks papers that deal with such topics as seen from the point of view of various scholarly disciplines, e.g., conceptual analysis, logic, history, religion, science and medicine, art, psychology, material culture, archeology, literature, popular culture, commerce and economics, social and religious organization. Papers should be between 5000-8000 words and written in English.


A biannual, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, Kronoscope is the associated journal of the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST), which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Published by Brill Academic Publishers since 2001, KronoScope is available in both print and online versions, and it is indexed/abstracted in the following (among others): MLA, Scopus, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, the International Directory of Philosophy, Linguistic and Language Behavior Abstracts.


Submission guidelines

Please submit your essay electronically (a Word document, double-spaced), including a 150-word Abstract and up to 6 keywords, at the Brill/KRON website by August 1, 2018: . At the site, you will be asked to register with your name, email address, and the names and contact details of three potential referees who can offer a fair evaluation of your work. We may or may not draw upon these referees. For the external review process, submissions will be evaluated double-blind, so please strip your article of identifiers of authorship. You are responsible for obtaining any permission to reproduce copyrighted material; black and white pictures may be included. Please begin working on obtaining any permissions right away; the process can be a lengthy one.


The editors will select 5-6 papers for publication in KronoScope 19.1—to appear in the spring of 2019. The selection criteria will be thematic focus, scholarly depth and originality, as well as accessibility/interest for a multidisciplinary readership of academics involved in the study of time. References and bibliography should be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Either the Notes and Bibliography or Author-Date References style of documentation is acceptable.