Graphic Discourse and Narrative in the History of Science I


Mark L. Hineline

Independent Scholar

Matthew Shindell

Smithsonian Institution


Joan Steigerwald

York University


Session Abstract

Much of the representation in the earth sciences is visual, consisting of maps, images, charts, graphs, and three dimensional models. The range of images is particularly rich, encompassing a broad range of styles of hand-rendered illustration, photography, and computer-generated illustration, as well as the full spectrum of printing technologies. And all this is true, to a similar or lesser extent for other sciences and in the history of technology.

This has been much researched, and knowledge about visual representation has advanced considerably in recent decades. In this session we will explore a reflexive view of scholarship: we are not going to talk about the study of images as they are used by or understood in science, but instead will be looking at the use of images by the historian in the communication of the history of science, using many of the same visual objects, but integrating them rigorously into narrative or analytic forms.

Presenter 1

Matthew Shindell

Smithsonian Institution

Presenter 2

Sally Cochrane

Princeton University

Presenter 3

Pierre Laszlo

University of Liège (retired)

Presenter 4

Hanna Rose Shell

University of Colorado Boulder