Minvera-Gentner Symposium in Jerusalem 2022

Studying a concept in disarray: Cross-cultural, comparative analysis of digital privacy

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This Minerva-Gentner Symposium will focus on arguably one of the most important and controversial issues of the contemporary information society: digital privacy. Within that broad domain, our focus is on the challenge of studying privacy across geographic, cultural, and political boundaries in the ever more interconnected world. 

The event will bring together a cohort of scholars conducting research that examines cultural, political, security, and/or geographic aspects of privacy. The direct outcomes will be promotion of a discussion and collaboration about the ways in which systematic comparative cross-cultural analyses of privacy might be conceptualized, theorized, and operationalized in ways that are both novel and authentic. The ambition of this symposium is twofold. First, we aim to establish a network of interested scholars and students, to collaborate on long-term, large-scale comparative privacy research projects. Second, we exchange ideas and perspectives on privacy to develop concrete research projects.

Venue and date

The symposium will take place on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 26.-27. October 2022. The entire conference will take place at the following location:
The Maiersdorf Faculty Club (Room 501) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at Mount Scopus.


If you want to participate, please register for the event using this form. Most of the event is open to the public (see program further below).

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Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022

  • 08:30 – 09:00 – Coffee and Pastries
  • 09:00-09:30 – Setting the day: The challenge of studying privacy
  • 09:30-10:45 – Session I: Privacy across national borders
    • Christian Hoffmann (University of Leipzig, Germany)
    • Nili Steinfeld (Ariel University, Israel)
    • Kelly Quinn (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
    • Aysenur Dal (Bilkent University, Turkey)
    • Ralf de Wolf (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • 10:45-11:00 – Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:15 – Session II: Comparative cases
    • Christoph Lutz (BI Norwegian Business School, Norway)
    • Yannic Meier (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
    • Carsten Wilhelm (University of Haute-Alsace, France)
    • Daniela Wawra (University of Passau Germany)
  • 12:15-13:30 – Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:30 – Workshop part A: Brainstorming comparative privacy research projects*
  • 14:30-14:45 – Coffee Break
  • 14:45-16:00 – Workshop part B: Project pitches*
  • 16:00-16:15 – Coffee Break
  • 16:15-17:30 – Day summary*

Thursday, Oct 27, 2022

  • 08:30 – 09:00 – Coffee and Pastries
  • 09:00-09:30 – Setting the day: An agenda for comparative privacy research
  • 09:30-10:45 – Session I: New approaches to comparative privacy research
    • Christian Baden (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
    • Eran Toch (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
    • Tommaso Trillò (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
    • Sven Joeckel (University of Erfurt, Germany)
  • 10:45-11:00 – Break
  • 11:00-12:15 – Session II: Most burning research questions in the coming years?
    • Rivka Ribak (Haifa University, Israel)
    • Johanna Möller (TU Dresden, Germany)
    • Philipp K. Masur (Moderator; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • 12:15-13:30 – Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:30 – Keynote
    • Tehilla Shwartz Altschuller (Israel Democracy Institute) – Future-oriented privacy research agenda
  • 14:30-14:45 – Coffee Break
  • 14:45-16:00 – Workshop part A: Developing comparative research projects in small groups*
  • 16:00-16:15 – Coffee Break
  • 16:15-17:30 – Workshop part B: Presenting the project outlines*
  • 17:30-18:00 – Day summary*

* for invited participants only

This symposium is supported by the Minerva-Gentner Foundation and organized in cooperation with the Federmann Cyber Security Research Center – Cyber Law Program.