The Rotman Institute of Philosophy will host a summer institute in philosophy of cosmology, June 11-20, 2018. The Institute will focus primarily on two issues: first, the role of simulations in cosmology, and second, the status of singularity theorems in light of proposals from quantum gravity. Graduate students and junior scholars are encouraged to apply by March 15th. Please visit the Institute website for further details. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, awarded to Chris Smeenk and Jim Weatherall.
Second Call for Applications: The Research Unit Epistemology of the LHC invites applications for the Summer School
‘Particle Physics at the Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Particle Physics’
taking place 23-30 July 2018 in Wuppertal (Germany).
Extended deadline: 28 February 2018
The XXI International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics hosted in Urbino, June 25-28, will focus on Philosophy of Quantum Field Theory. Interested graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply to attend, or to present a paper.
Lectures will be given by Miklos Redei (London School of Economics and Political Science), Laura Ruetsche (University of Michigan) and Giovanni Valente (Polytechnic University of Milan); and afternoon seminars will be given by Elena Castellani (University of Florence), F.A. Muller (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Utrecht University), and Sergio Doplicher (University of Rome La Sapienza)
Alex Blum is starting his own research group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and is looking to hire a philosophy of physics (or physics) postdoc and a history of physics postdoc. The duration of these fixed-term positions will be two years, with the possibility to be extended for another two years. For more information, please visit http://mpiwg.de/en/news/jobs#16123.
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.
As many readers may already know, Bob Cohen has sadly passed away earlier this week. Alisa Bokulich, the current director of the Boston Center for Philosophy and History of Science, an eminent center in the field co-founded by Cohen, has sent me the following link to their memorial page for him which has an obituary, photos, and remembrances:
The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is hosting a conference on Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime on June 12-14, 2017, in London, Ontario. All are welcome to attend, but we ask those interested in joining us to register for planning purposes. The conference is held in conjunction with the LMP conference, on June 15-16th. Below the fold is a more detailed description of the conference theme.