Cultures of Mathematics IV
2225 March 2015
New Delhi, India
A research community that could be described with the phrase Practice and Cultures of
Mathematics has studied mathematics as a human subject with different practices and
cultures in recent years. This research has been closely linked to the Philosophy of
Mathematical Practice community and its Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical
Practice, but is broader in the sense that it is interested in the study of mathematical
practices and cultures independently of whether there is an interaction with traditional
philosophical questions (such as epistemology or ontology).
In addition to many other meetings associated to the research community, there has been a
series of meetings dealing specifically with the phenomenon of diversity of research cultures
in mathematics: the traditional view claims that all of the differences between mathematical
research cultures are superficial and do not touch the nature of mathematics; it is the goal
of this research community to evaluate that claim by studying concrete examples. Here, culture
should be understood very widely, and cultural differences can be found distinguishing
mathematical subdisciplines, national cultures, cultures imposed by university or institute
structures, etc.
Previous meetings of this series include Mathematics
as Culture and Practice in Bielefeld, Germany (May 2010), Mathematics
as Culture and Practice II in Greifswald, Germany (December 2011), and Cultures of Mathematics and
Logic in Guangzhou, China (November 2012). The upcoming meeting in New Delhi
is the fourth meeting in
this series. Closely related to these conferences was the research network Mathematical Cultures
funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with three
workshops held in London (September 2012, September 2013, and April 2014).
The meeting will focus on case studies from mathematical research that highlight cultural
differences, methodological discussions of the use of empirical data from the study of
mathematical practice for gaining insight in the phenomenon of mathematics, and fundamental
questions about mathematics that require a view towards mathematics as a human discipline to
be discussed. The Programme Committee will issue a Call for Papers in the fall of 2014 and
welcomes submissions from researchers of mathematical practice from the entire world.
The meeting is generously supported by the Indian Council for
Philosophical Research.
Programme Committee.
Mihir Chakraborty (Calcutta, India),
Karine Chemla (Paris, France),
Benedikt Löwe (Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Hamburg, Germany),
Thomas Müller (Konstanz, Germany),
Jean Paul Van Bendegem (Brussels, Belgium),
Bart Van Kerkhove (Brussels, Belgium).
