Herrenhausen Conference "Transparency and Society - Between Promise and Peril"

Herrenhausen Conference "Transparency and Society - Between Promise and Peril"

Volkswagen Stiftung, Institute for Social Movements (RUB), Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism (TU Dortmund), Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Vom - Bis
12.06.2018 - 14.06.2018
Institut für soziale Bewegungen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

For several decades now, "transparency" has become an omnipresent concept in the public discourse. At the same time, however, it manifests as both hope and danger, medium of democratization and of surveillance, as augmentation of freedom and a threat to privacy. In the face of this ambivalence, the study of transparency and its role in the development and transformation of modern societies has increasingly become a field of research in the humanities and social sciences in its own right. The Herrenhausen Conference will debate discourses and practices, as well as the borders and ambiguities of transparency within the context of broader social and cultural change, in particular with regard to publicity, open government, institutional environments, the individual, and the digital age. The conference aims to promote a deeper understanding of transparency and identify approaches to handle the different and diverging demands and expectations on transparency within society. A major goal will be to contribute to answering the question of how a socially accepted balance between security and freedom, between public interest and private sphere can be achieved. The conference provides a forum for debate between researchers in the humanities and the social sciences, experts from NGOs, civil society, and the media.

"Transparency and Society" is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation. The steering committee consists of Stefan Berger, Dimitrij Owetschkin (both Institute for Social Movements, University of Bochum), Susanne Fengler (Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, TU Dortmund University) and Ute Schneider (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen).


Herrenhausen Conference: "Transparency and Society - Between Promise and Peril"
June 12-14, 2018
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften , Berlin, Germany


A detailed program for the conference "Transparency and Society" can be found at: http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/hktransparency18.

Session 1: Transparency and Public Policy - Historical and Methodological Perspectives
Session 2: Transparency and Open Government
Session 3: Transparency and Institutional Environment
Session 4: Transparency in the Digital Age
Session 5: Transparency and the Individual - the End of Privacy?
Session 6: Towards a "Transparent Society"?

Confirmed Speakers Include

Padideh Ala'i, Washington; Patrick Bahners, Frankfurt/Main; Sandrine Baume, Lausanne; Günter Bentele, Leipzig; Rogério Christofoletti, Florianópolis; Thomas Docherty, Warwick; Mark Fenster, Gainesville; Jens Forssbaeck, Lund; David Heald, Glasgow; Martin Hartmann, Lucerne; Christopher Hood, Oxford; Vincent Kaufmann, St. Gallen; Ivan Krastev, Sofia; Claus Leggewie, Essen; Michael Schudson, New York; Nico Stehr, Friedrichshafen; Siva Vaidhyanathan, Charlottesville.

Following workshop "Media and Transparency - A Global Perspective" on June 15

The one-day workshop "Media and Transparency - A Global Perspective" on June 15, 2018, following the Herrenhausen Conference "Transparency and Society", focuses on accountability of journalism. The workshop is organized by Susanne Fengler (Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, TU Dortmund University ), Matthias Karmasin and Tobias Eberwein (Austrian Academy of Sciences ). For more information and registration go to https://brost.ifj.tu-dortmund.de/aktuelles/news/detail/News/media-and-transparency-a-global-perspective-225/ .


There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link available here: http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/hktransparency18


The conference language is English.


Julia Sittmann
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Institut für soziale Bewegungen
Clemensstr. 17-19
44789 Bochum