Late Autumn School 2019

Fragile Trust? Perspectives and Challenges in a Digitized World

The interdisciplinary DFG Research Training Group “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World” has organized an international and interdisciplinary Late Autumn School on “Fragile Trust? Perspectives and Challenges in a Digitized World” in Münster, 21st-23rd November 2019.

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Theme 2019

Trust, as well as the loss of trust, have become a topic of great interest both in society and in many fields of research. Current developments such as the spread of fake news, scepticism towards science and scientists, the use of innovative technologies in journalism and the shifting of teams into the digital work environment illustrate the importance as well as fragility of trust across different areas. An especially important aspect is the continuous process of digitalization of our society, which has an indisputable effect on people’s daily lives. Namely, digitalization implies a reliance on and integration of digital technologies in more and more areas of life. This raises questions on how to analyse and enhance trust in different spheres of society to ensure functioning of social processes and interactions. In order to scrutinize the role of trust in the digital age, we aim to discuss its operationalization in technology-enhanced environments, reflection of trust in public opinion and communication between experts and laypeople as well as emergence and development of trust over time. Further, we consider the role of trust on an interpersonal level, within organizations, in societal institutions and in society as a whole.

Formats and Schedule 2019

Keynote Speakers 2019

Keynote speakers Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer, Dr. Lisa van der Werff and Prof. Dr. Martin W. Bauer with Prof. Dr. Bernd Blöbaum, speaker of the research training group
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