2017 SMS Conference

Society for the Metaphysics of Science 

3rd Annual Conference

Fordham University

After its successful first meeting at Rutgers University, Newark in 2015, and even more successful second meeting at the University of Geneva in 2016, the Society for the Metaphysics of Science (SMS) will be holding its third annual conference on October 5-7, 2017 at Fordham University.  

Our keynote speaker will be

Michael Strevens (NYU)

In addition, Jessica Wilson (U Toronto) will deliver a presidential address. 

All other sessions will comprise submitted papers.

As well as various presentations, the conference will also feature an organizational meeting of the Society which will elect officers, continue to make various policies, plan future conferences, etc. Both those interested in presenting papers and/or participating in the Society are invited to the conference.

For more information on the society, see the Society for the Metaphysics of Science web page. SMS also has a faceboook page.

At the conference, presentations will be 30 minutes, with a 10 minutes comment, 5 min reply, and 15 minutes for Q&A.  Submissions should be on a topic in the metaphysics of science broadly construed, of no more than 4,500 words and should include an abstract of ~150 words and a word count.  All papers must employ gender-neutral language and be prepared for blind review.

At most one contributed paper on which you are the presenting author can be submitted. No one will be permitted to present more than once at SMS 2017. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at SMS 2017 only once.

Submissions must be made using the EasyChair online submission system at
The submission deadline is March 1, 2017.  Notifications of acceptance
will be delivered by May 15, 2017.  Selected speakers should confirm
their participation before May 22, 2017. The conference will have a $50 registration fee for faculty and post-docs, $10 for graduate students, $1 for emeritus faculty.

The Society would like to thank the Department of Philosophy at Fordham University for support.

Contact mkistler at the domain univ-paris1.fr for further information.

Program Committee:
Max Kistler (U Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne), Chair

Valia Allori (Northern Illinois U)

Laura Franklin-Hall (New York U)

Carl Gillett (Northern Illinois U)

Elizabeth Miller (Yale U)

Thomas Pradeu (CNRS and U Bordeaux)

Johanna Wolff (LMU Munich)

Local Arrangements Chair:

William Jaworski