CFP: History for Physics: Quantum Foundations

September 23-24, 2019, Vienna, Austria

We invite you to participate and submit a contributed talk to the two-day symposium “History for Physics: Quantum Foundations”, to be held on September 23-24, 2019 at the Faculty for Physics of the University of Vienna (Austria). Jointly organized by the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Vienna (IQOQI-Vienna) and the Max Planck Research Group “Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program” at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin, this symposium aims at demonstrating the importance of the history of physics within current research in physics itself. Researchers and students in physics who are not, or not yet, engaged in the history of physics are therefore particularly welcomed to join.

The core format of this symposium will be that of tandem talks. Each tandem will pair two presentations, one given by a physicist on a current research topic, the other given by an historian of physics providing the historical context to that topic. We are delighted to announce the following two confirmed invited tandems:

David Kaiser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Christopher Fuchs (University of Massachusetts Boston)

Olival Freire Jr. (Federal University of Bahia) and Daniel Greenberger (City College of New York)

More info here.

Call for papers

We furthermore call for contributed talks. We welcome talks which are either

  • single history talks on quantum foundations
  • physics/history-tandems on quantum foundations
  • presentations of historically relevant papers in quantum foundations

In case you are interested in participating in tandem, but do not have a tandem-partner, please contact the organizers, who will then try to match tandems together. We also highly welcome history talks by non-historians.

If you wish to contribute in one of those ways, please send an abstract of your proposed talk, no longer than half an A4 page, to The deadline for applications is 30.07.2019.

Deadline: July 30, 2019

Posted: June 21, 2019