Originally planned for 2020 and cancelled due to the pandemic, we are more than happy to announce that IRSI3 is finally going to take place this summer. We are very much looking forward to applications from interested young researchers!
The Third International Rationality Summer Institute
Rationality is central to many scientific disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and economics. This may suggest that research in these fields is conducted in close concert. But unfortunately, researchers from these disciplines are traditionally entrenched in separate academic sub-cultures and rarely collaborate and learn from one another. The aim of the International Rationality Summer Institutes (IRSI) is to overcome this division by creating an open-minded environment, within which students are exposed to state-of-the-art research on rationality from a super-disciplinary perspective. IRSI participants should return from the Summer Institute with the conviction that it is worthwhile crossing the borders of their home discipline.
Building on the success of IRSI1 and IRSI2, IRSI3 will be devoted to a translational science perspective. How can we design rational environments for smart policy making? Basic theories and methods of rationality research will be related to societal, political, legal, health-related and economic problems in the 21st century. More than in previous Summer Institutes, junior participants will be actively involved in organizing workshops and plenary discussions, and in project-oriented work. All participants will be engaged in joint research projects aiming at publications, funding activities, internet studies, or adversarial collaboration. The projects will tackle up-to-date issues such as social media and the future of democracy, assessing and communicating health risks, nudging and boosting of ecologically sustainable behavior, validity of media reports and fake news.
The organisers are Klaus Fiedler (Heidelberg University, Germany), Florian Kutzner (Seeburg Castle University, Austria), and Linda McCaughey (Heidelberg University), assisted by Ute Lorenz.