Midterm Conference

ISEED’s Midterm Conference

Heated Debates across Virtual Voids: Arguments, Affects and Deliberation Online


From October 31st until November 2nd, 2022, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology hosted the ISEED Midterm Conference, in Trondheim, Norway. Entitled Heated Debates across Virtual Voids: Arguments, Affects and Deliberation Online, this meeting was the first in-person meeting for the consortium following the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to come together for both formal and informal conversation, meeting colleagues across Europe and Uruguay whom we had only so far met online.

Almost all our project partners were able to attend in person, and the conference gathered representatives from UNIVE, UNIPA, UNITN, Observa, MHNH, UNIWAR, NTNU, IRMiR, UPF, UCD, MEC and DBT. In total 22 ISEED members participated. The meeting was designed to include a public daytime workshop and evening debate, open to the general public, to discuss inclusion and democratic deliberation online, and several segments for internal ISEED discussion and reflection. A segment was also dedicated to production of casestudy videos. Participants to the public workshop were able to register online and have lunch and coffee provided.

Sophia Efstathiou (NTNU) in the Welcome Reception

Taina Bucher (UiO) for the Keynote Talk “Silent Virtues for a Noisy World”

Anastasia Kavada (Westminster) for the Keynote Talk “Care Vulnerability and Online Deliberation”

Participants attend the Online Webinar with Chris Bail (Duke University) on “Studying Polarisation: Experiences from the Polarisation Lab”

“Work in Progress”. ISEED members discuss the conference outputs and the project’s steps forward on Day 3 of our meetings

The public workshop included invited keynote talks by researchers working on relevant topics with an international scholarly and public reach. We further held a public, moderated discussion at Trondheim’s “house of diversity” in the evening, inviting ISEED researchers and external speakers. The internal workshopping focused on addressing synergies between WPs, knowledge sharing, and work to increase project-wide collaboration.

In this website section you can find diverse materials from this fruitful encounter. The report providing an overview of the midterm meeting as a whole, presentations from keynote and invited speakers, among other content you can find below!

Text: Elin Danielsen Huckerby, Sophia Efstathiou, Sarah Santos
Edit: Sarah Santos
Last updated 01/12/2022

The Program

Here you can read more about what happened in each day of ISEED’s Midterm Conference.

Keynote Talks, Invited Talks, Photo Gallery and other exciting activities that helped creating a welcoming and creative atmosphere along the event.

To read more about what happened in each day on the buttons bellow. Click and discover!


This report provides an overview of the midterm meeting as a whole. It includes material used for advertising the conference, its agenda, abstracts, descriptions of segments, slideshows, social media posts, as well as information regarding the ISEED internal meeting and our case-studies.




Taina Bucher. Silent Virtues for a Noisy World

Anastasia Kavada. Vulnerability and Online Deliberation

Invited talks

Elin Danielsen Huckerby. Populism as Universalism: why populist identity-making depends on a commitment to metaphysics?

Pierluigi Barrotta, Roberto Gronda. A Community of Inquirers: Wisdom, Scientific Expertise and Laypeople