Narrative in the Natural Sciences and Humanities

February 28, 2019 to March 01, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

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While all disciplines employ narrative in their work to summarize and communicate their theories, methods, and results, the realm of narrating (more colloquially known as storytelling) has traditionally been considered a literary or historical endeavor under the purview of the humanities and social sciences. This is no longer the case. As evidenced by the burgeoning fields of narrative medicine and science communication, narratives and narrating are also important tools for the natural sciences. Neuroscientists have even recently proposed that “narrative” may be a better way of theorizing about the processes by which the brain represents the context used to sort and order memories in order to create a timeline of events. In light of this development, the conference seeks to explore the following topics:

  • What “narrative” means, and the role it plays, in the humanities, social sciences, journalism, law, the natural sciences, and medicine.
  • Why humans create narratives--perspectives from anthropology to neuroscience.
  • Narrating with “qualitative” and with “quantitative” data.
  • Communicating to the public through narratives and storytelling.

Find out more on the conference event page here.

This conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required via EventBrite

This conference is co-sponsored by ISERP, The Center for Science and Society, The Heyman Center for the Humanities, The Department of History, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, The Narrative Medicine program, the School of Professional Studies, Caveat, and the John Templeton Foundation


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