Richard’s current project is situated at the intersection of several disciplines (anthropology, science and technology studies, organizational studies, political philosophy, and general social theory). He focuses on the production and disputation of facts in knowledge infrastructures by investigating how evidence is made, challenged and comes to matter. He suggests that examining how certain matters of fact are confirmed, certified, contested or rejected, provides insight into imaginaries, moral worlds and the kinds of accountabilities important for the making and retaining of a negotiable level of predictability in human affairs. His project investigates the ways in which evidence-making does onto-epistemological work on the future by dis/approving matters of fact and thereby permitting juridical attribution of accountability to legal persons. While evidence-making, facticity and accountability depend on and enable each other, this triangular relation locks world-making into particular futures by preventing others from becoming imaginable. One of the burning questions of the contemporary is how to unlock this situation and strengthen the conditions of possibility for unexpected futures to emerge.

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