Transparency and Society – Between Promise and Peril

Herrenhausen Conference on June 12th–14th 2018

The conference aims to promote a deeper understanding about transparency and identify approaches to handle the different and diverging demands and expectations on transparency within society. It will discuss borders and ambiguities of transparency in the context of broader social and cultural change, in particular with regard to publicity, open government, institutional environments, the individual, and the digital age. Researchers in the field of humanities and social sciences as well as experts from NGOs, civil society and the media are invited to participate and contribute to the question how a socially accepted balance between security and freedom, between public interest and private sphere can be achieved.
Our Conference Topics at a Glance:
Session 1: Transparency and Publicity - Historical 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"?
If you wish to attend, please register online at There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. Please feel free to forward this information to interested colleagues.
Travel grants available for Young Scientists!

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