Call for Application

We invite applications to participate in the Summer School: Time, Time, Time: Science, Art & Philosophy.

The school is organized by the University of Italian Switzerland (Lugano) and the University of Geneva, in collaboration with the Swiss Institute in Rome.  

The summer school looks at time from the perspectives of science, art and philosophy. It considers the physics and psychology of time, time in literary and non-literary arts, the philosophy and aesthetics of time. It has four themes: the reality of time, the metaphysics of time, the passage of time, and the relation between time and action. Each of these areas has been the focus of substantive investigation in science (we will focus on physics and psychology), the arts (we will focus on literature, visual arts, and music) and philosophy.

The school will be held over a period of 6 days, 27th August- 1st September included at The Swiss Institute in Rome, at the beautiful Villa Maraini:


There will be three 1-hour lectures per day, starting at 10 am on the 27th and finishing at 6 pm on the 1st.  Each lecture is followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

Applications are invited from Master and PhD students in science, the arts (literature, cinema, visual arts, music) and philosophy. Students from the following institutions are encouraged to apply: Departments of Physics, Psychology, Cognitive Science/Neuroscience, Philosophy, Literature and Cultural Studies; Art Schools (Swiss Art Schools, Accademia delle Belle Arti)

Preference will be given to students with strong interdisciplinary interests.

To apply send a CV, and a one-page Motivation Letter to: kevin.mulligan@unige.ch no later than May 30th 2018. Notification of acceptance is expected before June 30th.

The number of students will be limited to 20. Selected students will have the possibility to stay at the villa at no cost, in shared rooms. Lunches and coffee breaks will be covered as well. Dinners and transport are not covered. We will be happy to write formal letters of invitation to successful candidates to help secure funds.


Confirmed speakers include:

Roberto Casati (Paris, Metaphysics, Watchmaking)

Fabrice Correia (Genève, Metaphysics, Logic)

Elvira Di Bona (Polonsky Academy, Jersusalem, Music, philosophy)

Mauro Dorato (Roma 3, Philosophy of Physics)

Matteo Morganti (Roma 3, Philosophy of Physics, Metaphysics)

Daniele Oriti (Max Planck, Berlin, Physics)

Carlo Ossola (Collège de France, Italian literature)

Alessandro Raveggi  (Writer, NYU Florence, Unam Mexico, Literature)

Natale Stucchi (Milano Bicocca, Psychology)

Christian Wuthrich (Genève, Philosophy of Physics)


Claudio Calosi

Post-Doc University of Geneva,

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