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Interviewed by Dr Marta Arnaldi at the University of Oxford on 27 September 2022, Mona Baker and Eivind Engebretsen talk about their latest book, published by Cambridge University Press in the same month: Rethinking Evidence in the Time of Pandemics: Scientific vs Narrative Rationality and Medical Knowledge Practices.

The discussion touches on the concept of evidence, including its use in Evidence-based Medicine; the distinction between narrative as a paradigm and narrative as a mode of discourse; the democratic character of Walter Fisher’s narrative paradigm; the role of translation and translation studies in navigating the often-competing narratives of science and politics; and the question of the presumed objectivity of science and the inherent subjectivity of narration.

Rethinking Evidence in the Time of Pandemics is available as an open access publication on Cambridge Core