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The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is excited to announce the second annual Rotman Graduate Student Conference, taking place on Thursday May 12 and Friday May 13, 2022. We are pleased to announce Philosopher, Dr. Angela Potochnik (University of Cincinnati) and Professor of Astronomy, Dr. Sarah Gallagher (Western University) as our keynote speakers.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Models and Idealizations”, and will focus on metaphysical, epistemological, and conceptual aspects regarding the use of models and idealizations in the sciences. We encourage graduate students to submit original papers that address important problems or are motivated by questions concerning models and idealizations, broadly construed. 

Submission Guidelines: 

  • Submissions are accepted through: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rgsc2022
  • Maximum 5000 words, including footnotes and appendices (but not references). If the paper includes tables, figures, or equations, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. 
  • Papers should be accompanied by an abstract that is no longer than 300 words.
  • Papers are to be prepared for anonymous review (meaning your name should not appear within the paper).

Deadline: Friday, February 18th, 2022

Accepted Papers: Each presenter will be allocated an hour-long time slot; presentations should be approximately 30 minutes long with 30 minutes for a Q&A period 

Examples of topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual engineering as it relates to models, simulations, and idealizations in the sciences and social sciences.
  • Methodological implications of idealized models.
  • The role of idealizations in the explanation of the behavior of complex systems.
  • The classification of scientific idealizations.

Please send any questions to the RGSC2022 Committee: rgsc@uwo.ca

All the best, 

The RGSC2022 Committee

Sarah GallagherSarah Gallagher

Speaker Bio: Sarah Gallagher is a Professor in Physics and Astronomy and current director of the Western Institute for Earth and Space Exploration. Her research focuses on studying growing supermassive black holes at the centres of distant galaxies and the interactions between galaxies in crowded environments. She has over 100 refereed papers that include data from 10 different space observatories, and her research has been recognized with an Ontario Early Career Researcher Award and a Western University Faculty Scholar Award.  She regularly speaks to the public of all ages about black holes and other wonders of the universe.  As a federal departmental science advisor, she is engaged on issues related to science policy and open science and was a co-founder of CanCOVID, the rapid-response research network established to support the Canadian pandemic research response effort.


Angela PotochnikAngela Potochnik

Speaker Bio: Angela Potochnik is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science at the University of Cincinnati.​ Her research addresses the nature of science and its successes, the relationships between science and the public, and methods in population biology. She is the author of Idealization and the Aims of Science (2017) and coauthor of Recipes for Science (2018), an introduction to scientific methods and reasoning. She earned her PhD from Stanford University in 2007.

Advance registration will be available in March 2022.

Please direct any questions about your registration to rotman@uwo.ca.


RGSC2022 Organizing Committee Members:

Clair Baleshta, Pavle Jovanovic, Jaipreet Mattu, Veljko Simovic, Breton van Schubert & Martin Zelko


Support for RGSC2022 has been provided in part by the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, and by a conference grant awarded from the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

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