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[ecrea] Cfp Late Autumn School "Trust in the Digital Age"

Mon Aug 13 12:34:17 GMT 2018

Call for Papers: Late Autumn School “Trust in the Digital Age”

The interdisciplinary DFG Research Training Group ”Trust and Communication in a Digitized World“ at the University of Münster is organizing an interdisciplinary, international Late Autumn School on “Trust in the Digital Age” from 15th until 16th of November, 2018.

Under the theme “Trust in the Digital Age” we aim at discussing the role of trust in modern societies that are marked by an increasing digitization. We invite applications from a diversity of disciplinary perspectives – for instance from communication science, psychology, economics, information systems and sport & exercise sciences and further related fields of research.

On the one hand, digitization implies the reliance on and integration of digital technologies in more and more areas of life – from artificial intelligence in self-driving cars, algorithm-based decision-making on the managerial level to social media platforms in the consumption of news media content. With their far-reaching embedding in people’s everyday life, the question arises in how far people trust modern technologies that are increasingly shaping their working routines, their social relations or their connections to a public world among many other things. This implies a focus not only on trust in the technology itself, but also means addressing the role of trust in the social processes that evolve when technologies are integrated into organizational structures or when people appropriate technologies in their everyday routines.

On the other hand, a focus on technological transformations should not come at the price of neglecting the role of persistence and durability in digitized societies. While change is happening rapidly in some areas, others remain untouched. That is why work on the notion of trust beyond the rapidly changing phenomena in digitized societies remains equally important. Therefore, we also invite contributions addressing on a theoretical, conceptual but also empirical level the role of trust, distrust and risk in organizations.

In order to reflect on these two perspectives on trust in the digital age, we aim to discuss the operationalization of trust in technology, its emergence and development, the humanness of technologies and whether or not it is possible to trust technologies. Furthermore, we address conceptual work on the role of trust in interpersonal relations, within organizations and in societal institutions as well as reflections on trust in scientific discourses.


Prof. Dr. Harrison McKnight, Professor for Accounting & Information Systems Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Zlatka Pavlova, Faculty III “Media, Information and Design” University of Applied Sciences Hannover, Germany

The school is open for PhD and Master Students as well as early Post-docs in communication science, psychology, economics, information systems and sport & exercise sciences as well as similar research fields. Their work should deal with trust and/or communication. Due to space limitations, the applicants will be selected based on their application.

Applications must include a research proposal of the dissertation project (500 to 1.000 words) and a short scientific CV. The submission must refer to the research topic of the Research Training Group or the topic of the Late Autumn School. Please state the status of your dissertation/master project and what questions you are currently dealing with.

Furthermore, interested master students are asked to include a short recommendation letter by their supervisor.

Deadline for Applications: 1st September 2018

Applications in English in one PDF document and informal enquiries should be addressed to Anne Mollen, coordinator of the Research Training Group ((a.mollen /at/ <mailto:(a.mollen /at/>). The applications will be evaluated in a peer review process and response will be given until end of September 2018.

Students are invited to present their research project in one of the Workshop slots. Please specify whether you are interested in presenting your project when applying for the Late Autumn School.

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