Message posted on 23/03/2024

Reminder - call for abstracts: Foundational Challenges in Cosmological Studies of Black Holes (deadline: 31st March)

Dear all,

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for submissions of abstracts for this workshop is in a week from now, on 31st March.

Foundational Challenges in Cosmological Studies of Black Holes

14th May 2024

University of Bonn

With the emergence of new observational windows, black holes are increasingly used in constraining cosmological theories. This workshop aims to address the major foundational and methodological challenges in cosmological studies of black holes: What are the methodological principles of these searches? What should we expect from future observations? How do long-standing research programs look from the new vantage points? What foundational lessons can be drawn from cosmological studies of new physics? The workshop will facilitate a multi-disciplinary perspective on the cosmological implications of black holes, by bringing together contributions from theoretical physics, astronomy, and the philosophy of physics.

List of speakers:

  • Kristen Lackeos (Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie, Bonn)
  • Antonia Frassino (University of Barcelona)
  • Jamee Elder (Tufts University)
  • Erik Curiel (University of Bonn, Harvard University?s Black Hole Initiative)
  • Juliusz Doboszewski (University of Bonn, Harvard University?s Black Hole Initiative)

Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • primordial black holes as dark matter candidates
  • epistemology of gravitational wave astrophysics
  • model agnostic searches and notions of model independence
  • philosophical issues in multi-messenger astronomy
  • alternatives to black holes
  • statistical wars in astrophysics and cosmology
  • foundational issues in black hole physics

Call for Abstracts:

We accept the submission of abstracts for a limited number of slots for contributed talks related to the topics of the workshop. Please submit the title of your talk and an abstract of up to 500 words along with your name, contact details and affiliation in a pdf file by email to "" by 31st of March midnight anywhere on Earth (UTC-12). We will communicate the decision soon after.

Attendance to the workshop is free and open to everyone, however, all participants are required to register by 30th April by sending an email to: . Attendance via zoom is also possible, the link will be shared with all registered participants in due time. When registering please indicate whether you are planning to participate in person or online.


Antonis Antoniou (

Juliusz Doboszewski (

The workshop is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG Project "Inductive Metaphysics".

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