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Conference announcement and call

The Beyond Spacetime project and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, invite proposals to speak at the upcoming conference Cosmology and Quantum Gravity Beyond Spacetime, on the philosophy of quantum gravity and cosmology, to be held 10-12 November 2023 at Western University. Selected speakers will have accommodation and most meals provided.

We are planning for 10 speakers – a mix of philosophers and physicists – with commentators, over two and a half days (finishing at lunch on the 12th, to allow return travel that evening). The meeting will be capped at 30 people to encourage interaction. 

The following have accepted invitations to speak:
• Feraz Azhar (Notre Dame)
• Jamee Elder (BHI/Harvard)
• Laurent Freidel (Perimeter)
• Sean Gryb (Groningen)
• Katie Mack (Perimeter)
•Lee Smolin (Perimeter)

We are open to any topics exploring philosophical aspects of quantum gravity and cosmology. We hope to foster new directions and new collaborations in the field.

Please submit a title, abstract, and CV to by June 30th, 2023. 

The conference website can be found on

The organizing committee:
Nick Huggett (UIC)
Chris Smeenk (Western)
Francesca Vidotto (Western)
Christian Wüthrich (Geneva)


Speakers: Baron and Lizzi

We are delighted to announce two talks next Thursday, May 25:

First, at Université de Lausanne  Sam Baron (Australian Catholic University): Causation and quantum gravity. This talk is part of ‘Quo Vadis Time?’, the Geneva-Lausanne Workshop on Time in Physics and Philosophy, taking place 24-25 May 2023 in Lausanne. For more information, please visit the website.

Second, at Oxford University — Fedele Lizzi (Naples): Quantum Observers for Quantum Spacetime. This talk is part of the Thursday Philosophy of Physics Seminar. For more information and link to live stream,

Due to a communication breakdown, you would have to put yourself into superposition to see both live; but both will be recorded for later watching. Hope to see you at one or the other!