Symposium in Tübingen, October 4 - 6, 2021
Welcome to the event
Polarization is one of the key challenges in the 21st century. People get divided over societal, political, and even scientifically grounded issues. Many believe that these dynamics are fueled by current media ecologies that put emotionally charged pieces of misinformation and fake news at an advantage.
A diverse range of scientific disciplines (e.g., psychology, communication science, political science, data science, sociology) addresses the topic of belief polarization, developing and testing models of how belief polarization emerges, and how misinformation spreads across social networks.
This symposium will bring together experts from a wide range of scientific fields to share their insights and discuss their views. It provides an avenue for talking about conceptual issues (e.g., polarization as an individual vs. a collective phenomenon), methodological/empirical issues (e.g., different insights gained from experiments, survey studies, field data, and modeling). Importantly, we do not only seek to better understand the phenomena of polarization and misinformation, but also will focus on practical solutions that tackle these problems.
The symposium consists of three interrelated parts. Each part will be headed by a (public) keynote talk and followed by a number of (closed-session) presentations. Importantly, we have allotted ample time for discussion rounds at the end of each part of the symposium. The three parts deal with the topics of 1) emergence, 2) dissemination, and 3) mitigation of belief polarization and misinformation. To the Keynotes