ReaDoubt 2017: From Reasonable Doubt to Undue Scepticism Interdisciplinary Conference

May 4-6 2017
Birkbeck College, London

This conference is organised by Marion Vorms & Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck College, London), and is an activity of the ReaDoubt project supported by the European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship), and by the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (University Paris 1, CNRS).

Keynote speakers
Karen Douglas (University of Kent)
Branden Fitelson (Northeastern University)
Larry Laudan (University of Texas at Austin)
Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol)
Paul Roberts (University of Nottingham)
Dan Simon (University of Southern California Gould School of Law)

Roundtable participants
Stephen John (University of Cambridge)
Alexandra Marks (Criminal Cases Review Commission)
Chris Rapley (University College London)
Tom Sheldon (Science Media Centre)
David James Smith (Criminal Cases Review Commission)

Programme committee
Anouk Barberousse (Philosophy, Paris-Sorbonne)
Isabelle Drouet (Philosophy, Paris-Sorbonne)
Roman Frigg (Philosophy, London School of Economics)
Ulrike Hahn (Psychology, Birkbeck College London)
Adam Harris (Psychology, University College London)
David Lagnado (Psychology, University College London)
Cheryl Thomas (Judicial Studies, University College London)
Marion Vorms (Psychology, Birkbeck College London & Philosophy, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

About the conference
The conference will bring together scholars from various disciplines (psychology, epistemology, philosophy of science, law, statistics) and practicing professionals (lawyers/judges, clinicians, climate scientists, forensic scientists, journalists) to work towards an understanding of reasoning and decision-making under uncertainty through the lens of the notion of ‘reasonable doubt’. The goal is not only to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, but also to pay particular attention to everyday practice.

This should shed new light on epistemological and psychological questions about the nature and dynamics of belief and action, as well as on difficult judicial issues. Fostering such a dialogue among disciplines, and between researchers and practitioners, should also have implications for currently pressing societal issues such as the role and credentials of experts in democracy, conspiracy theories, science denial, and the epistemology and psychology of the social media — in short, societal concerns rooted in the difficulty of navigating an overwhelming mass of information.

Further information about the conference, including the detailed programme, is available at:

Registration for the ReaDoubt 2017 Conference in London, May 4th-6th, is now open. Early bird tickets are on sale until April 18th

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For any question, please write to Marion Vorms at

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