Essay Prize 2015

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our first essay prize!

In alphabetical order:
Henrique Gomes (Perimeter Institute) – “Back to Parmenides”
Tushar Menon (Oxford) – “Taking Up Superspace”
Ko Sanders (Leipzig) – “What can (mathematical) categories tell us about space time?”

Congratulations to them, and commiserations to the authors of the many other excellent papers that were submitted. Thanks to them all for their patience with the judging process. Even bigger thanks to the referees, who worked very hard.

Look for talks by the winners in in the speakers section of the site, and for their papers online (TBA) and ultimately in edited volumes we are planning on the philosophy and foundations of quantum gravity.


Call for Papers: NOW CLOSED!!!!

Prize competition for essays on SPACE AND TIME AFTER QUANTUM GRAVITY

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 technically and philosophically informed papers on any topic in 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 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. Papers should be anonymized for blind refereeing. Papers under 9,000 words will be preferred. ABD graduate students or recent PhDs are particularly invited to submit abstracts, as are women and underrepresented minorities.

Deadline: November 30, 2015 (decisions by February 14, 2016)

EXTENDED!!! We will accept papers until December 11th 2015!!!


Papers (and all correspondence) should be sent to

The Organizing Committee will select the successful submissions among all abstracts within the purview of the conference based on expert refereeing by the Review Committee.

Organizing Committee:

Nick Huggett, Keizo Matsubara, Christian Wuthrich