2018 First Biennial Midwest Summer School

DSC00199Hosted by: University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project, University of Notre Dame

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Location: Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, 5737 S. University Ave., Chicago, Illinois, USA map

Dates: July 22-27, 2018 schedule

We are pleased to announce a summer school in philosophy of physics to be held in Chicago in Summer 2018. We plan for it to be the first in a series to be held every two years in the Midwest, primarily drawing on local faculty, but open to students from across the globe. The themes this year include quantum gravity, the physics of the observer, quantum theory, and experiment in fundamental physics. Students will study these foundational topics from the points of view of philosophy of physics, metaphysics, physics, and history of science.

Faculty: abstracts

  • Larissa Albantakis (Wisconsin)
  • David Baker (Michigan)
  • Laurent Freidel (Perimeter)
  • Gerald Gabrielse (Northwestern)
  • Andrew Hearin (University of Chicago)
  • Don Howard (Notre Dame)
  • Nick Huggett (Illinois at Chicago)
  • Kerry McKenzie (UCSD)
  • Tom Pashby (Chicago)
  • Nic Teh (Notre Dame)
  • Lee Smolin (Perimeter)

Organizing Committee: Nick Huggett, Tom Pashby, Nic Teh


Arledge, Christopher JHU
Balasubramanian, Supraja Yale
Combi, Luciano UNLP
Crowther, Karen*  UNIGE
D’Alessandro, Bill UIC
De Saegher, Thomas UWO
Dougherty, John UCSD
Elder, Jamee ND
Fankhauser, Johannes ETH Zurich
Gomez, Ricardo Mucino UNAM
Green, Ashton ND
Jaksland, Rasmus Norwegian UST
Kadowaki, Kevin Irvine
Kidd, Brandon UIC
Kuhr, AJ UMich
LeBihan, Baptiste* UNIGE
Linnemann, Niels UNIGE
Liu, Mira M UC
Long, Lipa Columbia
Louzon, Nick UIUC
Meehan, Alex Princeton
Menon, Tushar* Oxford
Olson, Daniel OSU
Ramírez, Sebastián Murgueitio ND
Read, James* Oxford
Steeger, Jeremy* ND
Taschetto, Diana USP
Tohuvavohu, Aaron NASA Swift/Penn State
Verrill, Fr Robert Baylor
Warrier, Niranjana UIC

* indicates a discussion group facilitator.

Typical days will involve morning and late afternoon lectures, with afternoons of guided group study with faculty, and evening activities. Lectures will commence on the morning of Monday July 23rd, and finish after lunch on Friday July 27th. The Summer School is supported by the John Templeton Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Stevanovich Institute, the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and FQXi. Meals and accommodation will be provided without cost. Students are only responsible for travel to the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus (and extras like entertainment).