Name and affiliations of the session organisers
Tom Broekel (University of Stavanger)
Burcu Ozgun (University of Kassel)
Narratives and stories have always played a crucial role in shaping human understanding and perception of the world around them. In recent times, there has been an increasing interest in exploring the role of narratives and stories in regional economic development. Narratives and stories are especially powerful tools that can shape economic policy, business strategies, and public perception of regional transformation and innovation processes.
This session invites studies exploring the relationship between regional techno-economic developments and their presentation in narratives, news, and public discourses. Building on the literature streams of narrative economics, geographical discourse studies, and media sentiment studies, this session seeks to understand the power of stories (topics, wording, type of presentation) for economic developments with a focus on new technologies and transformation processes.
We are particularly looking forward to empirical studies employing quantitative approaches and tools of modern text analysis such as topic modeling, language models, sentiment, and emotion analyses. Mixed methods approaches are equally welcome.
We welcome submissions that investigate the role of narratives and stories in the following areas:
We look forward to receiving your contributions and to engaging in a fruitful discussion on the importance of narratives and stories for regional economic development.