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Welcome to MatchPoints Seminar 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)

See you next May!

Michael Böss

Director of the MatchPoints Seminar

Per Kirkeby auditorium, MatchPoints Seminar 2013

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.

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about the programme and fee.


Each plenary presentation will be followed by a workshop about the topic. The workshop programmes will be made available after the registration deadline.

Read more about the workshops that have been set up so far.


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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What is MatchPoints Seminar?

The MatchPoints Seminar is an annual, international and interdisciplinary conference presenting high profile speakers and addressing subjects relevant to contemporary public debates.
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Articles from MatchPoints 2013

A new world order takes shape

“First we had the rise of the west – now we’re experiencing the rise of the rest,” said the world-renowned journalist and commentator Fareed Zakaria in his presentation to a full house at the Concert Hall Aarhus last Friday evening as part of MatchPoints 2013

Welcome people with open arms – or lose the race

Robert D. Putnam only sees two options for Western democracies when it comes to integration. This became obvious during the big MatchPoints panel debate on Thursday afternoon, when internationally recognised researchers discussed multicultural citizenship, social capital and recognition.

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Videos from MatchPoints 2013

Professor Putnam: "Aarhus is efficient, rainy, and lovely"

Welcome to the new Distinguished Visiting Professor of Aarhus University, Robert D. Putnam from Harvard University.

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Professor Putnam: The pros and cons of immigration

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