Workshop: Monoidal and 2-categories in representation theory and categorification


The theory of monoidal categories or 2-categories may be thought of as a categorification of the theory of rings. These (2-)categories are ubiquitous in representation theory and categorification, and also play an important role in many other areas of mathematics. The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers as well as students interested in the study of monoidal categories or 2-categories, either abstractly or via their appearance in representation theory, categorification or low-dimensional topology.



The conference will take place 30 November 2020 - 04 December 2020. The schedule will consist of three talks a day spread across the afternoons (Europe) / mornings (Americas).



Talks are given online and zoom links will be sent to the registered participants in due course. Recordings of the talks will be posted online.

Each talk will be 25 + 5 (break) + 25 minutes plus time for questions.



Chris Bowman (University of Kent)

Juliet Cooke (Université catholique de Louvain)

Ben Elias (University of Oregon) - TBC

Inna Entova-Eizenbud (Ben Gurion University)

Iva Halacheva (Northeastern University)

Matt Hogancamp (Northeastern University)

Thorge Jensen (University of Clermont Auvergne)

Mikhail Khovanov (Columbia University)

Martina Lanini (Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata) - TBC

Vanessa Miemietz (University of East Anglia)

Victor Ostrik (University of Oregon)

Laura Rider (University of Georgia) - TBC

Raphael Rouquier (University of California, Los Angeles)

Catharina Stroppel (Universität Bonn)

Ulrich Thiel (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern)

Monica Vazirani (University of California, Davis) - TBC


Schedule & titles/abstracts







If you are interested in attending the conference, please register online here.



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the organizers:

Nicolle Gonzales, Amit Hazi, Louise Sutton, Daniel Tubbenhauer, Paul Wedrich, Jieru Zhu