Essay Prize 2017

2017 Prize competition for essays on SPACE AND TIME AFTER QUANTUM GRAVITY

Call for papers

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

The investigation of quantum gravity has been central to theoretical physics for at least two decades, but philosophy has only begun to systematically engage with this field in the past few years. The purpose of this competition is to promote new work in the field, and especially engage directly with philosophy and philosophers thus-far outside of quantum gravity.

We solicit papers on any topic concerning the philosophical foundations of quantum gravity. We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in work that addresses the foci of the ‘Space and Time After Quantum Gravity’ project: Does quantum gravity eliminate spacetime as fundamental structure? How does quantum gravity explain the appearance of spacetime? What are the broader implications of quantum gravity or of the emergence of spacetime for metaphysical (and other) accounts of the world?

We anticipate awarding up to three prizes, of $1000 each. Winners must agree to visit one of the project centers, either in Chicago or Geneva (travel expenses of up to $500 will be provided) to present their work. Moreover, winning papers are to be published in one of two volumes produced by the project: the first containing more technical papers for specialists and physicists, the second aimed for a more general philosophical audience. Papers of both kinds are encouraged. A list of confirmed contributors can be found here.

Papers should be anonymized for blind refereeing, and should not be submitted to other venues. Papers under 9,000 words will be preferred. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to submit papers, as are junior scholars.

Deadline: September 15, 2017 (we aim to communicate the decisions in early December 2017).

Papers should be sent to beyondspacetimeseminar@gmail.com, as should all correspondence.

The Organizing Committee will select the successful submissions based on expert refereeing by an anonymous Review Committee.

Organizing Committee: Nick Huggett, Baptiste Le Bihan, Keizo Matsubara, Christian Wuthrich.

This competition is funded by the John Templeton Foundation.