Hard and Soft Evidence
Professor Edward Eigen, who is currently preparing to publish An Anomalous Plan, a book which discusses the development of laboratory spaces in nineteenth-century France, will begin with a discussion of the false bottom of historical geology; Paulo Tavares, an architect and urbanist from Brazil, will consider how, as the Earth enters the legal arena, the scientific and documentary techniques employed to mediate its testimony appear as sites through which the construction of historical-political narratives are disputed; and, D. Graham Burnett, historian of science and editor of Cabinet magazine, will then consider, in response to these presentations, the epistemological horizon as it is apportioned between scientific investigation and design research. This panel will be moderated by Taubman College’s Assistant Professor Rania Ghosn, whose research on Landscapes of Energy can be found in New Geographies.
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