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CFP: Spacetime Functionalism Workshop, Geneva, 1-2 March 2018

Call for papers: Workshop on Spacetime Functionalism, Geneva, 1-2 March, 2018

On March 1-2, 2018, we will hold a small, but international, workshop in metaphysics and philosophy of science, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

The topic of the workshop is spacetime functionalism, and its aim is to investigate how a functionalist approach may provide the relevant conceptual tools for understanding the nature of spacetime as described by fundamental physics. In particular, the idea is to explore spacetime functionalism in the context of quantum gravity, where it is suggested that spacetime is not fundamental, and the issue of emergence arises. We would like to discuss the analogy here with other forms of functionalism in philosophy—in particular in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
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CFA: Junior Visiting Fellowships in Philosophy of Quantum Gravity, Geneva

Call for Applications:
JUNIOR VISITING FELLOWSHIPS in PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY
University of Geneva

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva (the Geneva Symmetry Group) solicits applications for short- to medium-term junior visiting fellowships for advanced PhD students and recent PhDs, to visit the group anytime between now and June 2018. The fellowships are funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’.

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New Beyond Spacetime Videos

Our YouTube channel now has some interesting 5 minute interviews that George Musser conducted with people at our summer conference: so far with Karen Crowther, Daniele Oriti, and Daniel Sudarsky. You can find them in the BST-POP playlist. Enjoy!

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Visiting Fellowship to Geneva and Chicago

We invite interested scholars for short visits to the Spacetime After Quantum Gravity research group, located in the philosophy departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Geneva. To facilitate visits we can offer financial assistance for travel and lodging, office facilities, and of course excellent intellectual company. Visits can be from a few days to a few weeks (or possibly longer). Fellowship do not normally cover all expenses.

Details of the fellowship programme and how to apply can be found here.

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Call: 2017 Essay Prize in the Philosophy of Quantum Gravity

We are pleased to announce our third essay contest, for papers from philosophers or physicists that address issues in the philosophical foundations of quantum gravity. Full details here: https://beyondspacetime.net/2017-essay-prize-contest/. The winners will receive $1000, a visit to UIC or Geneva, and publication in the anthology that we are editing. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit – and we emphasize that the scope of the contest includes metaphysical investigations of the subject.

Nick Huggett
Baptiste Le Bihan
Christian Wüthrich

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Second CFP: Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity, Geneva, 27-30 June 2017

Conference on the PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTUM GRAVITY

Hosted by the University of Geneva-University of Illinois at Chicago Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project

Château de Bossey, near Geneva, 27-30 June 2017

https://beyondspacetime.net/2017conference/

Invited keynote speakers:

Richard Dawid
Eleanor Knox
Daniele Oriti
Karim Thébault
Alastair Wilson
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Geneva: Scientific Collaborator ‘To and Fro: Scientific Metaphysics at Physics’s Frontiers’

Call for Applications:

SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATOR
in the project ‘To and Fro: Scientific Metaphysics at Physics’s Frontiers’

University of Geneva

The Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a three-year research position (‘collaborateur scientifique’), starting 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation grant ‘To and Fro: Scientific Metaphysics at Physics’s Frontiers’.
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