### Summer School on Mathematical String Theory

#### Posted by Urs Schreiber

These days extended topological quantum field theory in the form of FQFT and AQFT and its variants is studied a lot by pure mathematicians, who tend to embrace the higher category theory origin of these notions. Slowly but surely one expects that $(\infty,n)$-category theory finds its way into mathematical string theory this way, where it is of utmost importance.

Eric Sharpe kindly points out the

- Summer School on Mathematical String Theory 2010

June 21 - July 2, 2010 at Virginia Tech

Among the speakers there is John Francis, who $n$-Café regulars will know from our discussion of geometric ∞-function theory and his work on Ek-Algebra. He will lecture the $\infty$-categorical refinement of AQFT provided by topological chiral homology (factorization algebras ).

The full list of speakers so far is

- Dima Arinkin (UNC-CH) (homological algebra)
- Arend Bayer (Connecticut) (derived categories, $\pi$-stability)
- John Francis (Northwestern) ($E_n$ algebras, topological chiral homology, topological field theories)
- Josh Guffin (U-Penn) (heterotic string compactifications, (0,2) mirrors)
- Simeon Hellerman (IPMU, Japan) (modular averages, D-instantons)
- Ilarion Melnikov (Max-Planck, Potsdam) (gauged linear sigma models)
- Peter Zograf (Steklov, St. Petersburg) (moduli spaces of curves)

See the school’s website for more details.

Posted at March 9, 2010 10:33 PM UTC