Category Archives: Beyond Spacetime

CFA: Summer School in the Philosophy of Quantum Gravity

Call for Applications:
International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics on the PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY

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

Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA June 19-24, 2016

Further information, when available, at http://beyondspacetime.net/2016summerschool/.
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New email distribution list in philosophy of quantum gravity

There is now a new email distribution list to share information about events and opportunities concerning the philosophy of quantum gravity, broadly construed. Anyone can become a subscriber, and any subscriber can send a message to the list. Posts that are off topic will be deleted, however, and their senders blocked. Drive responsibly!

To subscribe, go to https://listes.unige.ch/sympa/info/beyondspacetime.

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Call for Applications: Junior Fellowship at Geneva

Call for Applications: JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP in PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY

University of Geneva

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a one-year junior visiting fellowship for advanced PhD students, starting Fall 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’.
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Space and Time after Quantum Gravity: Visiting Grants available

We invite interested scholars for short visits to the Space and Time 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).
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New Spaces for Mathematics and Physics – Formal and Philosophical Reflections

New Spaces for Mathematics and Physics – Formal and Philosophical Reflections.

Added 1 July 2015:

28 September – 2 October 2015,
Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris (France)

http://ercpqg-espace.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en

Confirmed Speakers:

Mathieu Anel
Pierre Cartier
Cecilia Flori
Patrick Iglesias-Zemmour
André Joyal
Mikhail Kapranov
Anders Kock
Maxim Kontsevich
Shahn Majid
Timothy Porter
Jean Pradines
Hanno Sahlmann
Urs Schreiber
Carlos Simpson
Michel Vaquié

Presentation: Since the development of differential and algebraic varieties, the notion of space has traversed very radical transformations, both in pure mathematics and in mathematical physics. The objective of this project is to propose a formal, conceptual and historical vision of these evolutions by addressing recent notions of space in mathematics and/or physics (such as diffeologies, schemes, topoi, stacks, spin networks, homotopy types, noncommutative spaces, supermanifolds, etc.).

This conference is part of the wider project of editing a collective book on these subjects. The workshop is conceived as an opportunity to collectively discuss and enrich the different contributions to the book.

More information is available on http://ercpqg-espace.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en

Participation is free, you can register by writing to ercpqg-espace@sciencesconf.org.

Scientific Committee: Gabriel Catren et Mathieu Anel
Organisation: C. Cachot, J. Page et F. Zalamea

ERC project Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity, Laboratoire SPHERE (Sciences, Philosophie et Histoire), UMR 7219, CNRS – Université Paris Diderot

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UIC Postdoc: Keizo Matsubara

Nick Huggett and I are very happy to announce that our first hire to the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project is Keizo Matsubara, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rotman Institute of Western University: http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/members/keizo-matsubara/. He will be joining the philosophy department at UIC as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in September. Welcome on board!

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New Templeton Project: Space and Time after Quantum Gravity

Nick Huggett and Christian Wüthrich are happy to announce the award of a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation to fund a three year investigation into the philosophical implications of theories of quantum gravity, Space and Time after Quantum Gravity. The work, which will be divided between the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Geneva, continues their Beyond Spacetime project. The premise of the project is that scientific research programs in quantum gravity simultaneously demand philosophical, conceptual investigation for their progress, and raise profound questions about fundamental philosophical assumptions resting on a non-quantum understanding of space and time. How physics thus ‘meets philosophy at the Planck scale’ has been explored so far in the various publications and meetings coming out of the project. The new grant, supplemented with funds from UIC and Geneva, will fund postdocs and predocs in the research groups at both institutions; regular speakers and visitors to the groups; essay competitions; a summer school at Chicago in 2016; a conference at Geneva in 2017; edited volumes; and a course of video lectures for non-specialists. Many of these activities will be made publicly available on video. For more information please subscribe to the project blog at beyondspacetime.net, or look out for calls for participation.

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