1.9.2021 16:00 – 1.9.2021 18:00






Trust in social sciences has been privileged through a variety of models, as in Habermas defense of communicative rationality, Putnam's work on social capital, and philosophies of the social contract. Without denying the importance of trust, this talk will seek to balance the importance of trust, with the importance of distrust. This argument will be grounded in critical theory and reflections about hegemony, which warn us to be sceptical towards dominant forces and power holders, where consensual thinking hides post-political strategies and discursive/ideological diversity. Arguably, in online communication, with the circulation of misinformation, distrust becomes even more important. In order to illustrate this argument, some of the research on the Cyprus problem will be used.

We kindly invite you to start the autumn season 2021 with ProCom’s Research and Theory Division (Tiede- ja teoriajaos)! Our next meeting will take place online on Wed 1 September 2021 at 16.00–18.00. We are very pleased to host Nico Carpentier, Professor from Charles University and President of the IAMCR. Nico will spend Wednesday early evening with us and discuss with us what are the current issues and problems related to the concept of trust that communication scholars and professionals debate about.

Research and Theory Division: Balancing Trust and Distrust in Online Communication – An argument for the importance of distrust
Time: 1 Sept 2021 16:00–18:00
Place: Online

Link to the online meeting will be sent to the participants closer to the event. 

Nico Carpentier is Extraordinary Professor at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. He also holds a part-time position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB - Free University of Brussels, Belgium), as Associate Professor. Moreover, he is a Research Fellow at Loughborough University.

Earlier, he was IAMCR Audience Section Chair (2010-2012), ECREA Treasurer (2005-2012) and Vice-President (2008-2012), IAMCR Treasurer (2012-2016) and IAMCR Participatory Communication Section Chair (2016-2020). His latest monographs are The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation (2017, Peter Lang, New York) and Iconoclastic Controversies: A Photographic Inquiry into Antagonistic Nationalism (2021, Intellect, Bristol).

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