[spsp-members] Final CfP: HPS-CAP conference - History, Philosophy & Sociology of Cosmology & Astroparticle Physics

Niels Martens martensniels at gmail.com
Tue Mar 15 13:09:58 UTC 2022

Call for Abstracts: History, Philosophy & Sociology of Cosmology &
Astroparticle Physics Conference
Submission deadline: 21 March 2022
Event details: Bonn, Germany, 29-30 June 2022 with pre-event on 28 June at
Website: https://www.lhc-epistemologie.uni-wuppertal.de/events/hps-cap.html

The DFG-funded research unit *Epistemology of the LHC* is organising a
two-day conference on the history, philosophy and sociology of cosmology
and astroparticle physics. This event follows up on the 2019 conference in
Aachen on dark matter & modified gravity, a special journal issue on the
same topic, and the 2021 online workshop on the philosophy of dark matter. The
conference will take place on the 29th and 30th of June 2022 in Bonn,
Germany. Philosophers, physicists, historians, sociologists and other
interested scholars are invited to attend.

Over the past few decades, cosmology, astronomy and particle physics have
developed in different directions and at the same time become intertwined
in an increasingly complex way, i.e., in terms of communities, theories,
models, experiments, constraints, conferences and journals. Prime examples
at the intersection of two or all three of these fields are the search for
dark matter, cosmic rays, and neutrino physics. In recent years, various
humanities—in particular the trio of history, philosophy & sociology
(HPS)—have paid increasing attention to cosmology, astronomy and particle
physics (CAP). It is the aim of this HPS-CAP conference to explore the
history, philosophy and sociology of the *intersection* of CAP, as well as
the interactions between history, philosophy & sociology of CAP. Research
topics include but are not limited to the following:

·       The history of the formation of and interaction between the
scientific disciplines

·       Cosmology, astronomy, particle physics & the scientific realism

·       Communities across CAP

·       Epistemology of experiments, simulation and observation

·       The interplay between constraints from cosmology, astronomy and
particle physics

·       Cosmology and astronomy as historical sciences

·       Guiding principles within CAP (cosmological principle, anthropic
principle, unification, …)

·       Dark matter, neutrinos and cosmic rays

·       Searches for “theories of everything”

·       Physics of scales (renormalization group methods, multi-scale
modeling, inter-theory relationships, emergence and reduction)

·       The relationship between the humanities and CAP

We invite contributing speakers from physics and from philosophy, history
and sociology of physics, as well as anyone else who may be interested, to
submit an abstract of 250-500 words by the 21st of March 2022 as a pdf to
nmartens at uni-bonn.de. We intend to have selected contributing speakers by
the end of April.

This workshop is organised by the project team *LHC, dark matter &
gravity* within
the interdisciplinary, DFG-funded research unit *Epistemology of the LHC*
*: *Sophia Haude (University of Bonn & RWTH Aachen University), Michael Krämer
(RWTH Aachen University), Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn), Niels
Martens (University of Bonn & RWTH Aachen University) and Erhard
Scholz (University
of Wuppertal).

In case of any further questions, please contact shaude at uni-bonn.de and
nmartens at uni-bonn.de.

*NB: a) My working hours may not be your working hours so please do not
feel obligated to reply outside your own normal work schedule; b) Feel free
to email me in German, which I can read; I hope it's ok if I respond in

*Niels Martens*
PostDoc, Philosophy of Physics

Research Unit "Epistemology of the LHC"
Lichtenberg Group for History and Philosophy of Physics, Bonn
Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology, Aachen
Website <https://martensniels.wordpress.com/> | Papers

New open access publications: "Dark Matter Realism"
<https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10701-021-00524-y>, "Editorial
of special issue on dark matter & modified gravity"
, "Sophistry about symmetries?"
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