1 Science & Technology

Within this topos we inquire into two entwined forms of praxis that together aim at methodological evidence-making and technicisation. They drive towards a world in which selected processes do not require permanent human re-interpretation but become self-running. We focus on the ordering and stabilising, but also the disordering and destabilizing potentials of these praxes. We pay attention to how particular futures are thereby designed, engendered, prevented or contested.

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2 Ecology & Health

Within this topos we inquire into various ways of sustaining life on the damaged planet. This implies to ask how human and planetary health are imbricated in each other. We investigate how self-devouring economic growth, toxic residues and other forms of ruinations are being traced, evidenced and counter-acted upon.

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3 Law & State

Within this topos we inquire how laws and norms shape institutions and thereby structure forms of praxis, and how in turn they are being shaped by practices. Laws allocate accountabilities and in modernity contribute to state-making. We examine how their various organizational concretizations and technologies are stabilized, questioned, and changed. We focus on how ideas of justice, equality, liberty, solidarity and predictability are being referenced in this process.

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4 Worldmaking

Within this topos we inquire into semantic endeavours that try to make the world inhabitable. Some of these reflective knowledge practices are related to methodological evidence-making, technicisation and juridification. Others relate to the justification of normative orders and yet others reach out for fundamental questions related to the unknowability of the future, the burden of the past, and the challenges of post-foundational verification practices and their intersections with aesthetics.

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5 Collaborative Work

This cluster entails all research activities that entail several researchers. These activities are also listed under the four topoi of LOST research: Science and Technology, Ecologyand Health, Law and State, Worldmaking.

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6 Completed

This cluster entails all projects that have finalized their empirical research, but some of them are still writing up their findings.

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