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Future events

Current Projects Seminar 2010

The 2010 program for our renowned Current Projects Seminar will be available here. Enquiries to Kristie Miller.

Foundations of Physics Seminar

Our new work in progress seminar in Foundations of Physics is held fortnightly on Wednesday mornings. To get the notices when it recommences for 2010, sign up here for our new SydFoP mailing list. Enquiries to Pete Evans.

Propositions and Same-Saying Workshop :: Macquarie University, 18 January 2010

A workshop organized by the Centre for Time's Rachael Briggs, in conjunction with Albert Atkin and Mark Jago (Macquarie). Further details here, enquiries to Mark Jago.

Finding other philosophy events in Sydney

See the University of Sydney Philosophy Seminars blog for a calendar of our weekly Departmental Philosophy Seminar, as well as other philosophy seminars at the University of Sydney.

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Past events

Causation & Humean Metaphysics :: University of Sydney, 17-18 December 2009

A one-day workshop held in association with a visit by Professor Helen Beebee (Birmingham). Further details here.

Workshop with Wojciech Zurek :: University of Sydney, 5 December 2009

A research workshop in Foundations of Physics, with keynote address by Dr Wojciech Zurek. Further details here, enquiries to Hans Westman.

Sean Carroll on the Arrow of Time :: University of Sydney, 16 November 2009

We were delighted to be a co-sponsor of CHAST's  2009 Templeton Lecture, on The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time, by Caltech cosmologist (and well-known science blogger), Professor Sean Carroll.

New Perspectives on the Quantum State :: Perimeter Institute, Canada, 27 Sept—2 Oct 2009

This was the 2nd Annual conference of the Perimeter Insitute-Australia Foundations collaboration. Details here.

Workshop on Philosophy of Physics :: University of Sydney, 14 August 2009

This event was a one-day workshop on Philosophy of Physics, to mark the visit of Jeremy Butterfield (Trinity College, Cambridge) to the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science. Further details are available here.

EPR2 — Expressivism, Pluralism & Representationalism :: Sydney, 22—24 July 2009

Speakers at this conference included Simon Blackburn (Cambridge), Bob Brandom (Pittsburgh), Rachael Briggs (Sydney), Matthew Chrisman (Edinburgh), Henry Jackman (York), Robert Kraut (Ohio State), Michael Lynch (UConn), Huw Price (Sydney), Mark Schroeder (USC), Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins) and Crispin Wright (NYU/St Andrews). The meeting was preceded by a Pre-Conference Winter School (20-21 July), aimed especially at graduate students, and taught by Patrick Greenough, Huw Price, Kevin Scharp and Lionel Shapiro. Further details are available here.

Metaphysics of Science :: Melbourne, 3-5 July 2009

The Centre for Time was a co-sponsor of this conference, held at the University of Melbourne. Further details are available here

Spacetime & Relativity :: University of Sydney, 15 April 2009

This workshop was held in conjunction with a visit by Prof Graham Nerlich (Adelaide). Speakers included Graham Nerlich, Dean Rickles (HPS, Sydney), Michael Seevinck (Utrecht) and Hans Westman (Physics/Philosophy, Sydney). Further details here.  

Pragmatic Foundations Workshop :: Sydney, 21 January 2009

A workshop in conjunction with the Centre's new Pragmatic Foundations Project. The speakers were Patrick Greenough, Huw Price, Kevin Scharp and Lionel Schapiro.  Further details here.

Topics in Causation and Decision Theory :: Sydney, 8-9 January 2009

A research workshop in conjunction with visits by Helen Beebee and David Papineau. Other speakers included Jossi Berkovitz, Rachael Briggs, Eric Cavalcanti, Alan Hájek, Jenann Ismael, Owen Maroney, Peter Menzies, Huw Price and Jonathan Schaffer. Further details and program here.

Contingentism in Metaphysics :: Sydney, 19–20 December 2008

Are there any contingent metaphysical truths? If so, what are they? More details here, enquiries to Kristie Miller.

Mini-meeting on Foundations of Physics :: Sydney, 20 November 2008

A one-day meeting on Foundations of Physics, in conjunction with a visit by Chris Fuchs (Perimeter). Details here.

The Clock and the Quantum :: Perimeter Institute, Canada, 28 September-2 October 2008

This was the first annual PIAF conference, a product of a new collaboration between the University of Sydney, UQ, Griffith and the Perimeter Institute. It follows our successful PIAF workshop in Sydney in February 2008. The conference will focus on the many deep conceptual and technical issues concerning the role of time in Quantum Theory. Details here.

Images and Intentionality :: Sydney, 8 August 2008

A conference on the interconnections between pictorial and mental representation. Further details here, enquiries to Ben Blumson.

History of Quantum Theory :: Sydney, 31 May 2008

A one-day satellite meeting of the History of Quantum Physics project, co-organised with K. Camilleri (University of Melbourne). Further details here

Perspective in Physics and Philosophy :: Paris, 16-19 June 2008

Organised in conjunction with the FOUNDPHYS network (Paris) and the IGPP (Freiburg), this conference followed on from the ones in July 2005 in Sydney and September 2006 in Beuggen (details below). The main topics were the role of internal and external perspectives, representations, frames of reference and contexts in various related fields in physics and philosophy. Further details here.

René Descartes Lectures :: Tilburg, 7-9 May 2008

Huw Price delivered the Inaugural René Descartes Lectures at the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science in the Netherlands, from 7-9 May 2008. Draft copies of the lectures are available here.

Wittgenstein :: Sydney, 26 April 2008

This one-day mini-conference was held in association with visits by Warren Goldfarb (Harvard) and Dawn Phillips (Warwick). Further details here.

"Time After Time, an Odyssey in Vertical Space"  :: Sydney, 17 April 2008

The Centre for Time was pleased to be a co-sponsor with the IUEU of this talk by the Amsterdam-based artist, Jane Boyd, who was Artist-in-Residence at Regents Court, Sydney. Further details are available here.

Emotions in Science and Science Fiction :: Sydney, 28 March 2008

Two short talks on emotions and their place in science and science fiction, by David Banks (actor and author, and former Cyberleader from the BBC series Dr Who), and Paul Griffiths. This event was organised jointly with the Russellian Society.  Futher details here.

Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference :: 26—28 March 2008

The Centre was  pleased to be a sponsor of the Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2008. Details are available here.

PIAF Workshop in Quantum Foundations :: Sydney, 1—3 February 2008

This workshop was the first research meeting of the new Perimeter Institute — Australia Foundations (PIAF) project. The PIAF project links the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada to an Australian network of researchers at the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and Griffith University. Further details here

Ontological Commitment :: Sydney, Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December, 2007

This two-day conference at Tusculum, Potts Point, presented recent work on ontological commitment. Confirmed speakers are Berit Brogaard (Missouri/ANU), Mark Colyvan (Sydney), Uriah Kiegel (Arizona/Sydney), Kristie Miller (Sydney), Michaelis Michael (UNSW), Luca Moretti (Sydney), Jonathan Schaffer (ANU) and Amie Thomasson (Miami). Further details including slides are available here. Enquiries to Luca Moretti.

Retrocausal Models in Quantum Mechanics :: Sydney, 16 November 2007

This workshop presented recent work principally by members of the Centre for Time. Futher details here. Enquiries to Guido Bacciagaluppi.

The Origins and Functions of Causal Thinking IV :: Venice, 25—27 October 2007

This was the fourth workshop in an interdisciplinary series on this theme. The first workshop was held in Venice in May 2004, and details of the second and third may be found below. Speakers at the 2007 workshop included Maria Carla Galavotti (Bologna), Peter Godfrey-Smith (Harvard),
Daniel Hausman (Wisconsin-Madison), Jim Woodward (Caltech), James Joyce (Michigan), Damien Fennel (LSE), John Campbell (Berkeley), Alison Gopnik (Berkeley), Josef Perner (Salzburg)
Nancy Cartwright (LSE), Paolo Garbolino (Iuav), Chris Hitchcock (Caltech), Peter Menzies (Macquarie) and Huw Price (Sydney). A program is available here.

EPR Workshop :: 29—31 August 2007

A meeting on Expressivism, Pragmatism and Representationalism, held in Sydney. Speakers included Simon Blackburn (Cambridge), Bob Brandom (Pittsburgh), Alexis Burgess (Stanford), Jamie Dreier (Brown), Allan Gibbard (Michigan), David Macarthur (Sydney), Philip Pettit (Princeton), Huw Price (Sydney), Geoff Sayre-McCord (UNC, Chapel Hill), Amie Thomasson (Florida) and Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins). Further details here, all enquiries to John Cusbert.

ANU-Sydney-Kyoto Probability Workshop :: 29-30 June 2007

This workshop was held in Sydney, in conjunction with a visit by Yasuo Deguchi (Kyoto) and some of his research students. Further details may be found here, and some pictures of the event here.

Evidence Workshop :: 8-9 January 2007

The Centre was part-sponsor of this workshop on the use of the concept of evidence in the biohumanities, organised by our former Research Development Officer, Dr Jason Grossman.

Summer Foundations Workshop :: Friday 15 December 2006

This year's workshop featured presentations by Guido Bacciagaluppi, Jossi Berkovitz, John Corbett, Jenann Ismael and Huw Price. Further details here. (Audio recordings, etc., will be available shortly.)

Causation and Dispositions :: Friday 1 December 2006

A one-day conference featuring recent work on causation and dispositions by postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers, plus a keynote talk by Prof. Peter Menzies (Macquarie). Further details here. (Audio recordings, etc., will be available shortly.)

Minds, Mobs and Memories :: Wednesday 22 November 2006

A one-day conference on agents, minds and collectives, with Philip Pettit, Peter Menzies, John Sutton and Jenann Ismael. Further details including audio recordings are available here.

Decoherence, Quantum Measurement and the Arrow of Time :: Beuggen, Germany, 10-14 September 2006.

Organised in conjunction with the IGPP (Freiburg) and the IHPST (Paris), this workshop focussed on the relation between decoherence and the arrow(s) of time, the role of decoherence in approaches to the quantum measurement problem, and generally question about time (a)symmetry in the foundations of quantum mechanics. Further details here.

Winter CHIMP :: 26 July 2006

In association with the CHIMP research network, this meeting featured talks by Hilary Greaves (Rutgers) and Richard Healey (Arizona). Further details here.

Time and Consciousness :: 22-23 July 2006

This meeting was organised jointly with the Centre for Consciousness at ANU, and was held in Sydney. Speakers included Craig Callender (UCSD), Philippe Chuard (ANU), Barry Dainton (Liverpool), Jordi Fernandez (Macquarie), Simon Haines (ANU), Steven Weinstein (Waterloo) and Jenann Ismael (Sydney). Further details here.

The Origins and Functions of Causal Thinking III :: 19-21 July 2006

This workshop was held in Sydney, on the theme "Intervention, Time and Physics". Visiting speakers included Craig Callender (UCSD), Richard Corry (Tasmania), Mathias Frisch (Maryland), Chris Hitchcock (Caltech), Doug Kutach (Brown), Cei Maslen (Victoria University, Wellington), Jonathan Schaffer (UMass),  Steven Weinstein (Waterloo) and Brad Weslake, Jenann Ismael and Huw Price (Sydney). Further details here.

Causation, Probability and Decision :: 21 April 2006

A one-day mini-conference, with Maria Carla Galavotti (Bologna), Arif Ahmed (Cambridge), Stephan Hartmann (LSE) and Philip Dawid (UCL). Slides from the talks are now available. More details here.

On What There Isn't :: 28 February 2006

A one-day mini-conference on anti-realism, with Uriah Kriegel (Arizona and Sydney), Sandy Boucher (Melbourne), Brad Weslake (Sydney), Tama Coutts (Melbourne) and Luca Moretti (Sydney). Full details here.

Summer Foundations Workshop :: 14-15 December 2005

International visitors for this year's workshop included Guido Bacciagaluppi (Paris), Michael Dickson (South Carolina), Alexei Grinbaum (Paris), Amit Hagar (Konstanz, Delaware) and Veiko Palge (Konstanz). More details, including slides from the talks, are available here.

The Origins and Functions of Causal Thinking II :: Caltech, 11-13 November 2005

In association with the Centre, the California Institute of Technology hosted a small workshop on 'Causation, Agency, and Intervention' in November. This was the second workshop in an interdisciplinary series on the theme The Origins and Functions of Causal Thinking. The first workshop in the series was held in Venice, Italy, in May, 2004, and the third is scheduled in Sydney in July, 2006 (see above). Further details of the Caltech workshop are here.

Workshop with Bob Brandom :: 14 October 2005

Held in association with a visit by Professor Robert Brandom (Pittsburgh), this workshop was organised jointly with Paul Redding in the Department of Philosophy. Speakers included Paul Redding, Bruin Christensen, David Macarthur, Huw Price, Nicholas Smith and Bob Brandom himself.

Sound recordings and slides from the papers from this workshop are now available.

Professor Brandom also delivered a public lecture on Thursday 13 October, entitled 'Reason, Expression and the Philosophic Enterprise'. This lecture was sponsored and organised in conjunction with the Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, and further details are on the RIHSS website.

CHIMP Spring Season :: October - November 2005

In association with the CHIMP research network, these meetings featured talks by Armond Duwell (Thurs 6 October), C K Raju (Thurs 20 October) and Matthew Leifer (Thurs 3 November). See this web page for more details.

Time-symmetry in Quantum Mechanics :: 23-26 July 2005

An international research workshop on time-symmetric approaches to quantum mechanics. Further details here.

Public lecture by Prof A J Leggett (Nobel Laureate) :: 25 July 2005

Further details here.

Mini-Workshop on Philosophy of Time :: Friday 6 May 2005

A workshop on the metaphysics of time, held in association with a visit by Ned Markosian. Further details here.

Inaugural CHIMP Meeting :: Thursday 14 April 2005

To launch the CHIMP research network, this meeting featured presentations by Robert Spekkens (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics) and Stephen Bartlett (School of Physics, University of Sydney). Further details here.

Summer Workshop: Time-Asymmetry and Quantum Reality :: 4 December 2004

A workshop featuring visitors Guido Bacciagaluppi (Paris), Chris Fuchs (Bell Labs), and Gerard Milburn (Queensland, Centre for Quantum Computer Technology), plus Huw Price and Doug Kutach from the Centre. Further details here.

Memory and Embodied Cognition :: 29-30 November 2004

The Centre was a co-sponsor of this research workshop, coordinated by John Sutton at Macquarie University. Speakers included Sue Campbell (Dalhousie), Andy Clark (Edinburgh), Christoph Hoerl (Warwick), Jenann Ismael (Arizona), Stephen Muecke (UTS), Mark Rowlands (Hertfordshire), Kate Stevens (University of Western Sydney), Karola Stotz (Pittsburgh), Elizabeth Wilson (Princeton/ Sydney), and Rob Wilson (Alberta). Further details here.

Mini-Workshop on Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics :: Friday 29 October 2004

Further details here.

The Origins of Temporal Experience :: 16-17 July 2004

An international conference on the physics and metaphysics of time. Speakers included Tim Maudlin (Rutgers), Steve Savitt (UBC), Mauro Dorato (Rome 3), Carl Hoefer (Barcelona), Stephen Barker (Nottingham), Peter Forrest (UNE), John Bigalow (Monash) and Doug Kutach, David Braddon-Mitchell and Huw Price (Sydney). Click here for further details.

The Origins and Functions of Causal Thinking I :: 13-14 May 2004

An international interdisciplinary research workshop organised jointly by the Centre and the Facoltà di Design e Arti [Faculty of Arts and Design], IUAV University, in association with the Department of Philosophy, University of Bologna. Further details are here.

Philosophy of Physics :: 30 March 2004

A one-day workshop in conjunction with visits to the Centre by Richard Healey (Arizona) and Harvey Brown (Oxford). Speakers were Harvey Brown, Richard Healey, Doug Kutach, and David Miller. Click here for a copy of the program.

Causal Republicanism :: 14-16 July 2003

A major conference on causation in physics and metaphysics. Speakers included Helen Beebee, Richard Corry, Phil Dowe, Antony Eagle, Adam Elga, Mathias Frisch, Chris Hitchcock, Doug Kutach, Peter Menzies, Daniel Nolan, Huw Price and David Spurrett. Click here for a copy of the program.

Regret :: 15 March 2003

Thanks to all speakers and participants for making this conference such a success!



Last update: 30.12.2009.