What is trust?
Where does it come from?
What does it mean?

Trust and Cultural Exchange (TaCE) explores theory and practices of trust across history and cultures. The aim is to understand trust-making by investigating concepts and case studies of trust or distrust in the production of social, cultural, and economic capitals. 


The project group engage in research activities, talks and workshops to realise the vision to deepen understanding of how trust shapes global culture and transcultural exchanges. 

Dr Andrea Rizzi developed the Trust and Cultural Exchange Project whilst undertaking his ARC Future Fellowship (2015–2018). Dr Rizzi is writing a new history of Western translators by examining the way in which translators nurtured, promoted, or represented their relationship with patrons, readers, and other agents of communication. Trust is often invoked or demanded by early modern translators, because translations were seen and presented as a collaborative process. 

Having identified trust as a crucial concept in the development of global culture and cross-cultural exchange, Rizzi formed the Trust Research Project; engaging academic collaborators from a variety of Schools and Faculties within the University of Melbourne and beyond.

The Project has  participated in reading groups and workshops to further refine the key themes to explore around trust in the context of global trade. 


Having completed workshops, research activities and a talk series in 2018, future plans for the Trust and Cultural Exchange project include;

  • Trust talk series featuring local and international speakers unpacking the concepts and project themes

  • A series of workshops for the Research Group to further refine areas for further research and consolidate findings

  • Introduce virtual study groups to share ideas and readings

  • Investigation into funding streams to develop the project locally and internationally.

The project group will convene a conference in mid-2019; bringing together leading Australian and international researchers and practitioners.  ​

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