Seminar - Evidences and Futures - Prof. dr. Richard Rottenburg

15-05-2017 van 13:00 tot 14:30
John Vincke zaal, Korte Meer 5, 9000 Gent
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Department of conflict and Development Studies
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Organized and co-hosted by: Dr. Nida Alahmad and Prof. Dr. Christopher Parker Co-hosted with Ghent Centre for Global Studies


  • Registration: Seminar is open to all students and postdoctoral fellows. Registration is required by May 10, 2017. Contact:
  • Reading material: Seminar participants will be expected to read chapters 1, 3 or 4, and 6 of Prof. Rottenburg’s book Far-Fetched Facts: A Parable of Development and two short articles addressing the book that will be sent directly to registered participants. It is, of course, preferable that participants read the whole book.



Richard Rottenburg holds a chair in anthropology at the University of Halle, where he heads a research group focusing on the anthropology of "Law, Organization, Science and Technology" (LOST). Inspired by social studies of science and technology and renditions of pragmatist social theory, the emergence of material-semantic orderings and their institutionalizations are at the heart of his current work. These inquiries foreground evidentiary practices (experiments, tests, measurements) and multilayered infrastructures, which solidify and circulate evidence, and ask how they are mobilized to design and critique specific futures.