The seminar aims to provide an introduction to the fairly new research field of "narrative science" and explores the various roles that narratives take on within the research process.
Students develop an understanding of the role of narratives in science and get to know the standard readings for the field "narrative science".
In the course of their activities, scientists often construct and rely upon narratives. For example: narratives involve ordering materials, an ordering that can be achieved in a variety of ways, be it visually, through diagrams, flowcharts, maps, and the like, or through prose. Or: narratives can also serve as a motivator to get scientists through the often boring and monotone parts of their work. In the seminar we learn what can be known by subjecting these uses of narratives, their authors, characters and events, to serious scrutiny in order to appreciate the logics and rationales by which scientists’ narratives work. The literature draws from fundamental theoretical readings as well as concrete case study papers.