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ZALAMEA Federico

Post-doctoral fellow, project ERC Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity

Member of the Basic Research Community for Physics.

email: federico.zalamea[at]

Research Interests

- Philosophy in Contemporary Mathematical Physics
- Mathematical Foundations of Mechanics
- Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics


- 2012-2016 : Ph.D. in Philosophy of Physics, University Paris Diderot, under the supervision of Gabriel Catren. Title: Chasing Individuation: Mathematical Description of Physical Systems.
- 2011-2012 : Graduate Student at UC Berkeley - Physics Department
- 2008-2010 : Masters Degree in Theoretical Physics (Ecole Normale Supérieure - Univ. of Paris 7 Diderot)
- 2005-2008 : B.A. in General Physics (Univ. of Paris 7 Diderot)


- Zalamea F, "The Mathematical Description of a Generic Physical System", Topoi, Special Issue on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics, Vol. 34 (2/2015), pp. 339-348.

- Zalamea F, "Analyse d’ouvrage : Bernard d’Espagnat, Hervé Zwirn (dir.), Le monde quantique : les débats philosophiques de la physique quantique", Revue d’histoire des sciences, 67, (2/2014), pp. 362-364.


- 2017-03-09: Which Mathematical Structures Best Capture the Differences Between Classical and Quantum Kinematics?, Department of Mathematics, University of Regensburg.

- 2016-05-25 : Thinking the difference between Classical and Quantum Mechanics through the role of observables, Doctoral School PhD students Day, Université Paris Diderot.

- 2016-03-12 : Comparing Classical and Quantum Kinematics Through The Double Role of Properties, Workshop Rethinking Foundations of Physics 2016 , Dorfgastein, Austria.

- 2015-11-04 : Characterizing the Difference Between Classical and Quantum Kinematics, Day Study in History and Philosophy of Physics, Laboratory SPHERE, Université Paris Diderot.

- 2014-09-19 : Physical Systems as Representation of Geometries, XVII International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics, CIRFIS, Cesena, Italy.

- 2014-04-28 : A Story of the Geometrisation of Mechanics, National SFHST (French Society of History of Sciences and Techniques) Congress, University Lyon 1, Lyon.

- 2014-01-30 : On the Internal Structure of Physical Objects in Mechanics, Working group of Ph.D students in History and Philosophy of Physics, Laboratory SPHERE Université Paris Diderot.

- 2013-09-30 : Can we explain Quantum Mechanics without referring to experiments?, seminar of the Cosmology et Gravitation group, Laboratory APC, Université Paris Diderot.

Organisation of workshops

- Co-organisation of the Workshop Rethinking Foundations of Physics 2017, Dorgastein (Austria).
- 2012-2015 : Co-organisation of the Philosophy of the Physico-Mathematical Seminar (with Gabriel Catren and Julien Page).
- Co-organisation of the Workshop Philosophy of Mechanics : Mathematical Foundations, Laboratory SPHERE, Université Paris Diderot, February 12-14 2014.