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About wuthrich

I am a philosopher of physics at the University of Geneva.

CFP Essay Prize:

Call for Papers:

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

https://beyondspacetime.net/

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.
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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’.

Candidates must be ABD in a PhD program at an accredited university, working on a dissertation in the philosophy of quantum gravity, broadly construed. The fellowship will provide support for the successful candidate to spend a year away from their home institution to work with the project’s Geneva group led by Professor Christian Wüthrich, and to benefit from interactions with project members and from participation in the project’s activities. The successful candidate will participate in a tutoring program directed by Professor Wüthrich. They will be expected to participate in weekly group meetings during term, help with the administration and organization of the group’s activities, and contribute to the group’s research and outreach efforts. Fluency in English is required. More information on the project and the research group is available at https://beyondspacetime.net/.

The fellowship is fixed-term for one year, although we will consider applications for a six-month period. The salary will depend on the candidate’s prior experience, but is expected to be around CHF 51,000. Research funds will be available for travel to relevant conferences and to visit the project’s other group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The successful candidate will remain a student at their home institution, and will not be admitted into any degree program at Geneva. The fellowship will not cover any costs (such as tuition and fees) at the home institution.

Applications must contain a cover letter detailing the pertinent experience and motivation for the position, a CV, a 1-2 page description of the dissertation project, one writing sample, and two letters of reference (sent under separate cover). They should be sent to Professor Christian Wüthrich at christian.wuthrich@unige.ch.

Review of the files will begin on September 14, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates files will be reviewed by qualified members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the best qualified candidate will be selected by Professors Huggett and Wüthrich.

Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Professor Christian Wüthrich at christian.wuthrich@unige.ch.

CFP: Time in Quantum Gravity, San Diego, 13-14 March 2015

Seminar on the Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity

13-14 March 2015 – University of California, San Diego

Invited Speakers:

Alyssa Ney (Rochester)
Daniele Oriti (MPI for Gravitational Physics, Golm)
Amanda W Peet (Toronto)
David Rideout (UCSD)
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. Building on the first such meeting that took place in Chicago in September 2013, the purpose of this meeting is to continue to 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 and philosophically informed presentations on any topics concerning the foundational implications for the nature of time of quantum gravity: for instance, could a theory do without time? What do quantum black holes reveal about the nature of causality? What is the relation between space and time in quantum gravity? What is the nature of dynamics in theories of quantum gravity? And so on. The paper presentations should be suitable for presentations in 30 minutes plus question period. Please submit an extended abstract of up to 1,000 words, together with the title of the talk. ABD graduate students or recent PhDs are particularly invited to submit abstracts.

Deadline for papers and proposals: 15 October 2014 (decisions by 30 December 2014) – please prepare them for blind refereeing. We do not anticipate sharing refereeing comments.

We will provide financial support of two kinds:

• For speakers without access to institutional travel funds we will offer honoraria. Please indicate in your submission if you do not have access to institutional funds and would like to be considered for these honoraria.

• For graduate students who cannot get their expenses covered through their institutions, we will offer bursaries. Recipients of these bursaries do not need to be speakers at the meeting. Please indicate in your submission or in a separate email if you qualify and would like to be considered for these bursaries.

Direct correspondence to: beyondspacetimeseminar@gmail.com.

For further information, please visit: https://beyondspacetime.net/
The organizers,

Nick Huggett
David Rideout
Christian Wüthrich

Funding Provided by the New Agendas for the Study of Time at the Center for Time at the University of Sydney.

CFP: Seminar on the Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity

27-29 September 2013 – University of Illinois at Chicago

Invited Speakers:

Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)

Elena Castellani (Florence)

Bianca Dittrich (Perimeter Institute)

Jeff Harvey (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. Continue reading CFP: Seminar on the Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Gravity