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Narrative Science Public Seminar Series

Investigating narrative as an epistemic tool

  • Room and Location: KSW G.01 (Kingsway Building, LSE Campus) Find it on the LSE Campus here just off Kingsway: LSE Campus Map
  • Time: 17:00 -19:00 

About the project

The Narrative Science Project, led by Professor Mary Morgan, is dedicated to increasing historical, sociological, and philosophical understanding of the role of narrative in the modern sciences, more exclusively narrative’s role as an epistemic tool or way of knowing. It has two central objectives. Firstly,  to find narrative at work in as wide a variety of sciences as possible, ranging from economics to biology, chemistry to psychology. Secondly, to to provide a systematic analysis of the functions that narrative achieves in the sciences. Our approach integrates the history and philosophy of science with insights from literary theory. 

Learn more about the  project here: Narrative Science ESC page.

For more information contact Research Fellow Dr Dominic Berry: d.j.berry@lse.ac.uk

Seminars and speakers are listed below. 

Michaelmas Term

9 October 2018

  • Sally Atkinson (University of Exeter)
  • Fragile cultures and unruly matters: narrating microbial lives in synthetic biology knowledge practice
  • Elisa Vecchione (Group of Pragmatic and Reflexive Sociology, EHESS, Paris)
  • The political necessity of a more poetic science: the case of climate-economic narratives

6 November 2018

  • Julia Sánchez-Dorado (UCL) and Claudia Cristalli (UCL)
  • Colligation in model analysis: from Whewell’s tides to the San Francisco Bay Model
  • Veronika Lipphardt (University College Freiburg)
  • Ethnicizing isolation: How narratives guide genetic research in vulnerable populations​

20 November 2018

  • Caitlin Donahue Wylie (University of Virginia)
  • Narrating Disaster:  A Method of Socialization in Engineering Laboratories
  • Sigrid Leyssen (University of Bucharest)
  • On the Experimental Phenomenology of Causality

4 December 2018

  • Lukas Engelman (University of Edinburgh)
  • Epidemiology as Narrative Science: Outbreak reports of the third plague pandemic from 1894 to 1952
  • Sabine Baier (LSE and ETH Zürich)
  • How Many Molecules Does It Take To Tell A Story?- Managing Epistemic Distances In Medicinal Chemistry

Lent Term 2019

 15 January 

  • Sharon Crasnow
  • Counterfactual Narrative In Political Science
  • ​Phyllis Kirstin Illari
  • Mechanism And Narrative

29 January 

  • Ivan Flis
  • Narrating An Unfinished Science: Scientific Psychology In Late-Twentieth Century Textbooks
  • ​Adrian Currie
  • History Is Peculiar​

12 February 

  • Alfred Nordmann
  • A Feeling For The Mechanism
  • ​Eleanora Loiodice
  • Science As A Creation: Giorgio De Santillana’s Approach To History Of Science

26 February 

  • Annamaria Contini
  • Metaphor As Narrative Reconfiguration: An Example In The French Physiology Of The Late Nineteenth Century
  • ​Adelene Buckland
  • Plot Problems: Geological Narratives, Anti-Narratives, And Counter-Narratives In The Early Nineteenth Century

12 March

  • Sarah Dillon
  • Reasoning By Analogy: Eliza, Pygmalion And The Societal Harm Of Gendering Virtual Personal Assistants
  • ​Vito De Lucia
  • Reading Law Outside Of The Legal Text: Legal Narratives

26 March 

  • Marco Tamborini
  • Narrating The Deep Past
  • Staffan Müller-Wille
  • From Travel Diary To Species Catalogue: How Linnaeus Came To See Lapland


Summer Term

30 April 2019 

  • Neil Tarrant​
  • The Roman Index And Arnald Of Villanova: The Rejection Of Albert The Great’s Astrology
  • Heike Hartung
  • Longevity Narratives: From Life Span Optimism To Statistical Panic


14 May 2019 

  • Sally Horrocks And Paul Merchant
  • Scientists’ Narratives In An Oral History Of British Science
  • Sarah Dillon
  • “The Ineradicable Eliza Effect And Its Dangers”: Weizenbaum, Pygmalion And The Implications Of Gendering AI


28 May 2019 ​

  • Emily Hayes
  • Fashioned In The Light Of Physics: The Scope And Methods Of Halford Mackinder's Geography
  • Dominic J. Berry
  • Biological Engineering As Genre


18 June 2019

  • Veronika Lipphardt
  • Ethnicizing Isolation: How Narratives Guide Genetic Research In Vulnerable Populations
  • Will Tattersdill
  • What If Dinosaurs Survived? Or, Reading Alternate Natural History In Science Fiction And Non-Fiction Of The Late Twentieth Century