Persuasion and Polarisation - PhD workshop (2/3 ECTS)

Cross-disciplinary workshop on how to identify and overcome polarized views in different research areas and society at large. With Dr. Kris De Meyer (UK).

Photo of neuroscientist Kris De Meyer giving a talk.

This event will bring researchers of different disciplines together to explore how the study of language, rhetoric and argumentation intersects with the sciences of brain and mind to help us understand and overcome the rise of polarisation in politics, scientific research and society. Registration is open to PhD candidates and postdocs in any field, including the humanities and social sciences, psychology and neuroscience. We will focus on how polarized views are generated, within or outside the academe.

The workshop will be led by neuroscientist Dr. Kris De Meyer (King's College London).

In your research you are expected to advocate certain points of view and position yourself in relation to any standing controversies. How does one do this in a balanced way, without creating or sustaining undue bias and polarization? What, if anything, is at stake in your project? Where do you stand in relation to the issues of debate in your research field and/or in the greater society? What might be the consequences of taking up one or the other position?

A reading list and written task will be distributed in advance. For more information and early bird registration, please email Professor Tina Skouen:

PhD candidates will have a choice between 2 or 3 ECTS depending on their degree of participation. On the day before the workshop, Kris De Meyer will give a talk at the University Library on: "How to reduce polarisation in society? Ideas, projects and approaches blending arts, entertainment, neuroscience and psychology." This pre-event will be open to all; for those opting for 3 ECTS, attendance is mandatory. Depending on the corona situation, the event will either take place online or on campus.


Tina Skouen, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, Tina Skouen
Published Mar. 7, 2020 10:11 PM - Last modified June 11, 2020 10:21 PM