For the 2020-2021 academic year, the NDIAS seeks to foster interdisciplinary study of the nature of trust, with a broad range of perspectives, topics, and methods. Fellowship applications are encouraged from all eligible scholars and scientists whose work engages the theme and who are interested in advancing their project through interdisciplinary reflection, discussion, and collaboration at the NDIAS. Potential research proposal topics on the trust theme may address, but are not limited to:
- the social, technological, biological, economic, and psychological dimensions to how trust may be manifested;
- the moral and rational demands we have when it comes to belief, evidence, intellectual humility, and social forms of knowledge;
- concepts of trust related to public information, discourse, speech, and the media, in historical as well as modern contexts;
- trust as a component in transactions and finance;
- evolutionary modeling of trust and interdependence;
- institutional features that promote or inhibit trust (both contemporary and historical);
- the role of design thinking, network theory, and data science in promoting or inhibiting trust;
- the role of trust in theological inquiry and in religious traditions; and
- creative research and research in the arts that explore trust, doubt, and related virtues.
Renowned fiction writer Susan Choi, winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction for her book Trust Exercise, will visit the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study and discuss her ongoing work with NDIAS Fellows and invited guests.