Trust, 2014

The purpose of the conference 22-24 May 2014 is to examine trust and trustworthiness from various academic approaches: Philosophy, psychology, pedagogy, anthropology, sociology, political sciences incl. International Relations, management, theology and religious studies, literature, drama film and drama, history.

The conference will discuss  

(a) how trust may be conceptualized in philosophy and the social sciences;

(b) the nature of interpersonal and ontological trust;

(c) how trust and trustworthiness relate to social capital;

(d) the role of voluntary associations for the creation of trust and trustworthiness;

(e) the creation, maintenance and expression in civil society and the public sector;

(f) trust and confidence in politics

(g) trust and International Relations;

(h) trust as a theory of business management;

(i) how trust and distrust are conveyed in literature, drama and film;

(j) trust and contracts;

(k) trust and faith.

 Robert Putnam at MatchPoints 2013

Confirmed plenary speakers

Dr. Robert D. Putnam (Harvard University). Inequality and the erosion of social capital

Dr. Eric M. Uslaner (University of Maryland): Inequality, Trust, and Corruption

Dr. Mikael Rostila (Stockholm University): Social Capital and Health Inequality in the Scandinavian Welfare State

Dr. Gerd B. Achenbach (Lessing-Hochschule zu Berlin, Philosophische Praxis): Trust and Philosophical Practice

Dr. Alison Findlay (Lancaster University): Trust, Tryst and Tragedy in Macbeth

Dr. Svend Andersen (Aarhus University): Trust and Human Nature

Dr. Cheryl F Mattingly (University of Southern California): Trust, Family Peril and the Good Life: A Narrative Perspective

Dr. Sverre Raffnsøe  (Copenhagen Business School): Trust, Power and Management

Dr. Stein Ringen (University of Oxford): Trust and Good Government

Birgitte Kofod Olsen (Tryg Forsikring): Trust and the uses of sensitive data

See you next May!

Michael Böss

Director of the MatchPoints Seminar

Evening event with Robert Putnam

In connection with the MatchPoints Seminar 2014, a public event with Robert D. Putnam is held at Concert Hall Aarhus.

Concert Hall Aarhus
Friday May 23, 2014 at 17.00-19.30

The event is followed by a conference dinner.

Read more
about the programme and fee.


Information and contact: Michael Böss,, +45 2093 4818

Venue: The Lakeside Lecture Theatres, Bartholins Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus (Aarhus Campus).

Date: May 22-24, 2014

Conference fee: DKK 1350, EUR 180.

Registration is open until 9 May 2014. Register for the conference here.

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