16 Mar 2018 12:30pm - 6:00pm Senatus Room, Westminster College


Should there be strike action on March 16, please be advised that participation in the workshop will not involve crossing a picket line, as Westminster College is not part of the University.

How might evidence and temporality be productively thought in tandem? Construed as the grounds of knowledge, prevailing constructs of evidence often seem to have a retrospective tilt: past occurrences and observed patterns are consulted to make sense of the present and as guides to future action. So conceived, evidence reinforces Occidental ideas of temporality as a continuously flowing current of successive and irreversible moments. In this way it might be said that prevailing constructs of evidence and temporality work to co-constitute one another as figures and frames of continuity and determination.

This workshop will consider ways in which notions and practices of evidence and temporality, and the relations presumed to obtain between them, are being challenged and reconfigured in different disciplinary domains and epistemic traditions, and in conjunction with contemporary developments ranging from advances in genomics and the emergence of a “promissory” bioeconomy; climate change and anthropocenic precarity; and the phenomenon of “fake news” and the dawning of a “post-truth” era.

The workshop will bring together a small group of researchers from across the social sciences to consider evidence and temporality as objects and optics of analysis, and the affordances of thinking about them together. The workshop will be informal and exploratory, and is intended to identify possible directions for future study and critical elaboration. Some preliminary orienting questions are as follows: How do different ways of doing/thinking about evidence anchor and give meaning to different temporalities; reciprocally, how do different kinds of temporality and timescapes inflect different ways of doing/thinking about evidence? In what contexts are received ideas and practices of evidence and temporality being challenged and reconfigured, with what kinds of effects and implications? How are such shifts reconfiguring perceptions of possibility and limitation, and the experience and enactment of contingency and determination? How is that which is absent or non-existent (temporally, materially) evidenced? How do different semiotic modalities support or subvert various constructs of evidence and temporality, and the relation between them?

Attendance is free, but space is limited.  To register, please visit click here or use the online registration link on this page.

Dr Trenholme Junghans

Hosted by
Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF)

in collaboration with

The Limits of Numerical Research Group, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)

Email stuart.wilson@isrf.org or call +44 (0) 20 7262 0196




Lunch and registration



Louise Braddock (ISRF)
Trenholme Junghans (CRASSH, University of Cambridge)


Session 1

Nina Holm Vohnsen (Aarhus University)
“They Did Not Pilot the Welfare State” – The problem and the promise of piloting in policy-making

Miklós Sükösd (University of Copenhagen)
Fake News vs. Journalistic Objectivity: A medium theory perspective

Paul Martin (University of Sheffield)
Hope springs eternal: claims-based policy making in the UK bioeconomy

Chair: Louise Braddock (ISRF)


Coffee break


Session 2

Zoë Crossland (Columbia University)
The Temporality of the Trace: Standing stones and memory work in highland Madagascar

Marilyn Strathern (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Rachael Kiddey (University of Oxford)


Session 3

Open discussion

Chair: Trenholme Junghans (CRASSH, University of Cambridge)


Closing remarks

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