In late 2021, former UCHI Visiting Fellow (’19-’20) Joseph Ulatowski and Jeremy Wyatt (PhD, UConn ’14) were principal investigators of the Truth Without Borders project, which was partially funded by the University of Waikato Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, and Social Sciences. Members of this project carried out collaborative research on how truth is used in languages other than English, whether such uses are significantly different from uses in English, and how people from non-Anglo-American cultures understand and value truth.
The project involved a large, multi-site research consortium comprised of scholars from 14 different institutions in Asia, Europe, and North America and a capstone workshop from 30 November 2021 – 3 December 2021. The project aims to encourage even greater collaboration by working with scholars whose research is linked to Indigenous communities and innovate by demonstrating the value of empirically investigating semantic concepts such as truth from a cross-linguistic perspective. It will also lead to improved understanding of the impact that conceptions of truth have on politics, business, and the communication of scientific information to the public—an issue whose seriousness has been underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic.