Call for Papers

CFP: Seminar on the Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity

26-28 September 2013 – University of Illinois at Chicago

Invited Speakers:

Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)
Elena Castellani (University of Florence)
Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute)
Jeff Harvey (University of Chicago)
Nick Huggett (UIC)
Christian Wüthrich (UCSD)

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:

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 all accepted papers are to be provided for circulation by early September.
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 will provide financial support of two kinds for selected speakers:

For speakers with access to institutional travel funds we will offer stipends of $250 ($500 if traveling from outside North America) towards travel costs.
For speakers without access to institutional travel funds (for instance ABD graduate students, or recent PhDs in temporary positions, if applicable), flight up to $500 ($1000 if traveling from outside North America) and accommodation.

We will also provide bursaries for graduate students to attend without speaking; details will be available later.

Direct correspondence to:

For further information, please visit:

The organizers,

Nick Huggett

Christian Wüthrich

Funding Provided by the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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