CFP: Seminar on the Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity

26-28 September 2013 – University of Illinois at Chicago

Invited Speakers:

Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)
Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute)
Nick Huggett (UIC)
Christian Wüthrich (UCSD)

+ others to be announced

The investigation of quantum gravity has been central to theoretical physics for at least two decades, but philosophy has only engaged with this field in very a fragmentary way. The purpose of this meeting is bring together people with research agendas in quantum gravity, to present their work and develop some common understanding of philosophical topics, questions, approaches, and solutions. Because the field is very new, many of those involved are near or recent PhDs – along with established scholars, they are encouraged to attend, to share their work or learn.

We invite technically informed presentations on any topics of two types:

(1) Paper presentations – suitable for presentation in 30 minutes plus question period. Submit paper drafts or detailed proposals of 1,000-1,500 words. Drafts of accepted papers will be provided for circulation by early September.
(2) Work-in-progress presentations of 30 minutes – submit a 500 word proposal.

ABD graduate students or recent PhDs are invited to apply to both categories, those with more seniority to the former. We will consider published or forthcoming papers for presentation.

Deadline for papers and proposals: 1 June 2013 (decisions by 15 July 2013) – please prepare them for blind refereeing.

We are currently negotiating funding, which we anticipate will allow us to cover costs for presenters with no access to institutional funds, to cover partial costs for other presenters, and provide bursaries to help graduate students travel to the meeting. Details will be made available later.

Direct correspondence to:

For further information, please visit:

The organizers,

Nick Huggett
Christian Wüthrich


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