Project work in Dep III circles around “histories of planning”. The focus is on knowledge production in action, thus emphasizing the entanglement and dynamics of knowledge forms in their historical ‘making’. As things have to work out and ends have to be met, humans identify physical realities and discuss how to handle them. They spell out cognitive capacities, validate knowledge, apply or dismiss ideas and practices. Different histories of planning are explored to see how individuals, communities and states envision and fashion spheres for creativity and negotiation? And how did they then develop, experiment, and stabilize them to make things work?
Individual projects explore the divergent cultural and material repertoires that actors employed to make things work. Two working groups have been formed to tackle the way in which considerations of scale and scope, logistics and decision-making impacted knowledge production in the fields of science.