Mary S. Morgan: Narrative Configuring in the Social Sciences

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:00p.m.
United States

Mary S. Morgan is a Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics in the Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics. She is the foremost authority on the history of modeling and visualizing factual data. Her book The World in the Model (2012) follows from her already influential work on how facts travel. She has recently held a British Academy/Wolfson Research Professorship for "Re-Thinking Case Studies Across the Social Sciences." Social science case studies juxtapose their disparate materials to form puzzles to be resolved in ways that parallel those used by artists of the early modern period to create "thinking pictures" (such as "emblems"). Both communities create possibilities for narrative not just out of critical turning points in storied time, but by processes of configuring: framing, reflecting, and the use of conceptual materials.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.