Third International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The purpose of the conference is to bring together physicists and philosophers and to provide a forum where different aspects of the nature and ontology of spacetime can be discussed.

The Third International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime will commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Minkowski’s talk “Space and Time” given on September 21, 1908. While papers on any of the topics listed in the Conference Topics will be welcome, we especially wish to encourage submissions on the nature and legacy of Minkowski’s contributions to the theory of relativity.

Invited Speakers: Leo Corry (Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Science, Tel-Aviv University) Peter Minkowski (Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Bern) John D. Norton (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh) William G. Unruh (Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of British Columbia)


The Program Committee invites papers from physicists and philosophers on topics related to the nature and ontology of spacetime. Contributions from graduate students and postdocs are welcome. Contributed papers should be submitted in the form of extended abstracts of one to two pages by Friday, November 30, 2007. Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee and notification of acceptance will be given by Thursday, January 31, 2008. The extended abstracts, in English or French, should be emailed to a member of the Program Committee.

Program Committee: Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego) Dennis Dieks (Utrecht University) Mauro Dorato (University of Rome Three) John Earman (University of Pittsburgh) Robert Geroch (University of Chicago) Vesselin Petkov (Concordia University) Steven Savitt (University of British Columbia)

For organizational and funding purposes it will be necessary to know the approximate number of people intending to come to the conference. That is why it will be appreciated if potential participants send an email with their name, affiliation, and a tentative title of their presentation by Monday, October 1, 2007. Graduate students are especially encouraged to do that since a limited number of bursaries (depending on funding) may be made available for those who wish to give a presentation at the conference. All emails should be sent to Vesselin Petkov ([email protected]).