The Final Conference of the project will be held at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 25-27 September 2017, after the conclusion of the workshop on “The Place of the Person in the Cosmos“.

The general theme will be the same as that of the workshop, namely the place of the person in the cosmos, but the scale of this event will be much larger. The conference, which will host four international plenary speakers, will have two main sections:

  1. As the conference will be the final event of the three-year long project, it will include the presentations of the research produced by the different project grantees:
  2. The conference will also host a number of contributed papers from scholars working at Latin America institutions.  Please find below the call for papers for this section of the conference.

We are pleased to host as plenary speakers:

  • Prof Karin Öberg, Associate Professor of Astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (US)
  • Dr William E. Carroll, Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Prof Claudia Vanney, Director, Institute of Philosophy, Universidad Austral (Argentina)
  • Mr José M. Hernández, former astronaut, NASA (Mexico)

It is expected that, by drawing together the work of the full project, showcasing the achievements, especially of award winners, this conference will provide opportunities for networking, and further stimulating regional interest in scientifically-informed questions pertaining to philosophy and theology.

Call for short papers

Are persons irreducible in the cosmos, and are persons irreducibly important? Can God be conceived as a person? Does the notion of ‘person’ promotes in any way our understanding of the cosmos? Is a personal theistic perspective be detrimental or beneficial for the study and motivation to study the cosmos, and ultimate questions regarding the cosmos? What is it to be a person?

The relations between the notions of person and cosmos has been seldom studied, and this conference hopes to provide a space for discussing these issues from different perspectives including cosmology, physics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and theology. It is expected that accepted papers will engage with these themes from an interdisciplinary perspective including philosophical, scientific, and theological insights on the place of the person in the cosmos.

Short papers are invited on topics relevant to the conference themes, to be delivered in parallel sessions of 30 minutes duration (20-minute paper, 10 minutes discussion). Those wishing to contribute a paper should submit a title, a 300-word abstract that situates the paper against its scholarly backdrop, and institutional affiliation by email to with the subject line: “Final Conference Abstract“.

Closing date for abstract submission: Friday 30 June, 2017.

There are limited travel grants for those accepted. Please include a note in your abstract indicating whether you will need  one of these travel grants.

Notification of acceptance: Friday 14 July, 2017.

The language of the abstracts and short papers can be English, Spanish or Portuguese.