The Hitchin connection is a flat projective connection on bundles of non-abelian theta-functions over the moduli space of curves, originally introduced by Hitchin in a Kahler context. We will describe a purely algebra-geometric construction of this connection that also works in (most)positive characteristics. A key ingredient is an alternative to the Narasimhan-Atiyah-Bott Kahler form on the moduli space of bundles on a curve. We will comment on the connection with some related topics, such as the Grothendieck-Katz p-curvature conjecture. This is joint work with Baier, Bolognesi and Pauly.
- Geometry and Analysis Seminar