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LSE Workshop AnnouncementExpert Narratives: Systems, Policies and Practices - 10th December 2018 - 4 travel bursaries for PhD students

Workshop announcement - Expert Narratives: Systems, Policies and Practices - 10th December 2018 - 4 travel bursaries for PhD students

Organisers: Professor Mary S. Morgan and Dr Mat Paskins

Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science

With apologies for cross-posting.

Experts in a wide range of fields routinely construct narratives, especially (though not only) in the aftermath of critical failures. Examples of such narratives include serious case reviews in health care or child protection, inquiries into mechanical failure when a building has collapsed or a plane has crashed, or discussions of how a product has turned out to be unsafe. These narratives often provide the basis for the reform of existing systems and processes, or the construction of new ones: a specific series of events, represented in narrative form, is supposed to provide the basis for patterns of action in the future. At the same time, translation from narrative form into the language of other kinds of expertise can create serious tensions. Narrative forms of expert knowledge raise the question: how do narrative ways of explaining or giving an account of something come up against other ways of knowing things?

This one day workshop, organised as part of the ERC-funded project “Narrative Science”, will bring together scholars and practitioners in a range of expert fields, including social work, engineering, health, accountancy and history of science to explore the construction and use of expert narratives and the processes which they feed into. There will be eight speakers, who will describe cases from their own areas of expertise of twenty minutes each with ample space for questions and group discussions. A vegan lunch will be provided. Some of the questions which speakers will consider are as follows:

How do experts construct their narratives? What resources do they draw upon?
Could knowledge presented in narrative form be understood without the use of narrative?
Are narratives produced more in situations of failure than when things are working well? Are there expert narratives of ordinary, everyday, functioning?
When do the interactions between narrative and non-narrative expert knowledge cause problems?
* How do expert narratives move from the contexts in which they are originally constructed to wider technical, legal and policy spaces?

Confirmed speakers at the workshop are: Chris Hall, Shana Vijayan, Hannah Roscoe, Andrea Mennicken, Natasha McCarthy, Mat Paskins, Lars Bo Henriksen, Brendan Clarke.

To learn more about the Narrative Science project as a whole, please see the project website.

Places are very limited. If you would like to attend the workshop, please email Mat Paskins at When we have confirmed your place, we will send details of the venue and programme for the day.

PhD travel bursaries

To increase participation from the postgraduate community, we are making available 4 travel bursaries, each of a maximum of £250. These can be used to recover the cost of train or airfare for those who wish to attend, and who are currently enrolled on a PhD programme, preferably with research interests directly related to the workshop agenda.

To apply for a PhD travel bursary please write to Dr Dominic Berry:

Please include:

Your name

University Affiliation

PhD Programme and thesis title

And no more than 100 words on how this workshop relates to your research.

The deadline for applications to the travel bursary is Friday 30th of November.

You will be notified as to the outcome of your application shortly thereafter. Applicants will be selected to ensure a diverse range of research interests and institutions are represented. 
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