Workshop on Trust and Disagreement in Institutions – University of Copenhagen

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Workshop on Trust and Disagreement in Institutions

The crucial institutions in todays liberal democracies, democratic institutions, science, public deliberation, the news media, public authorities and also private companies depend on various forms of trust: trust in people, processes, etc. We are, in certain crucial ways, fundamentally related to these institutions by relations of trust. Typically, we are not in a position to gather independent evidence for the reliability or trustworthiness of these institutions and the outcomes they produce, nor can we independently check these. So, when we rely on them or accept their authority, this is in part because we trust them (in some sense). Moreover, most institutions, including science, depend on complex socio-technical distributions of cognitive labor and decision-making power, e.g. in the context of biobanks, big data, algorithmic decision making, self-driving cars and this distribution of labor and decision-making also requires trust. Clearly, however, we not always agree about what or whom to trust; we diverge in the ways that we trust one another, or trust institutions, and institutions are sometimes affected by internal disagreement and distrust. The aim of the workshop is to explore these forms of trust. What are the conditions of trust in institutions? What are the relations between trust, trustworthiness, transparency and accountability? What are the condition under which disagreement presents a threat to trust? What are effective and legitimate means of maintaining or manufacturing trust? 

Closest Metro Station: Islands Brygge

Map over Campus

There is no registration for the conference, and admission is free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday, November 24

9.30 - 9.45. Tea and coffee

9.45 - 10.30. Arnon Keren: Trust and Belief

10.30 - 11.15. Mark Alfano: Trust in Politics, Institutions and Governance

11.15 - 12.00. Judith Simon: Trust and Big Data

12.00 - 13.00. Lunch

13.00 - 13.30. Jon Leefman: Personal Authenticity, Institutional Trustworthiness And Scientific Misconduct

13.35 - 14.05. Karin Jongsma: The Relevance Of Different Trust Models For Representation In Patient Organizations

14.05-14.20. Coffee break

14.20 - 14.50. Michael Moss & David Thomas: Trust In Archival Organisations

14.55 - 15.25. Anne Gerdes: How Technology Led Crime Fighting Initiatives Challenge Societal Trust

Workshop dinner

Friday, November 25

9.30 - 9.45. Tea and coffee

9.45 - 10.30. Tria Gkouvas: Trust in Law

10.30 - 11.15. Kristina Rolin: Trust in Science

11.15 - 12.00. Ori Freiman: Trust and Distributed Epistemic Labour

12.00 - 13.00. Lunch

13.00 - 13.45. Klemens Kappel: Trust and Disagreement

13.50 - 14.20. Anna Daria Drożdżowicz: Trusting Philosophers And Philosophical Expertise – Towards A New Account

14.20 - 14.35. Coffee break

14.35 - 15.05. Sabine Thuermel: Trust in Institutions in Post-Truth Cultures

15.10 - 15.40. Esther van Zimmeren: Trusting Specialized Judicial Institutions: Patent Courts and the Key Role for their Judges

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