Mathematical Cultures & Practices XI

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People, Places, Practices

Mathematical Cultures & Practices XI
St Andrews, Scotland, 10–12 July 2021

Satellite Meeting of the BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM meeting People, Places, Practices

We issued a call for abstracts in the spring of 2020 (see below for the original text) and received a large number of high-quality submissions, originally intended for presentation in July 2020. Unfortunately, the global health crisis made it impossible to have the meeting in St Andrews in 2020 and the meeting was moved to July 2021. We will give all authors of accepted abstracts the opportunity to speak at the 2021 meeting:

  1. Alexandre Borovik. Mathematics as a proselytising cult: nurturing future mathematicians.
  2. Brittany Anne Carlson. The Origins of 19th Century Math Anxiety and Edwin Abbott's (Re)mediation of it in Flatland.
  3. María de Paz. The Role of Oral Mathematical Culture: An Example from the early 19th century.
  4. Karen François, Maria Cecilia Fantinato, José Ricardo Mafra Eric Vandendriessche. How mathematical cultures interact: the case of ethnomathematical fieldwork.
  5. Eduardo Giovannini. 'Purity of Methods' in Geometrical Reasoning Revisited.
  6. Deborah Kant, José Antonio Pérez Escobar and Deniz Sarikaya. Indispensability of Empirical Information in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice.
  7. Honali Mistry, Matthew Inglis, Theresa Wege, and Dirk Schlimm. Iconicity in Mathematical Notation: Symmetry and Commutativity.
  8. Clemency Montelle, Sahana Cidambi and Aditya Jha. Mathematical features of a 18th CE Sanskrit Astronomical Scroll.
  9. Tomas Pavlicek. Changes of the post-war mathematical practices in Czechoslovakia and the influence of Polish culture.
  10. Colin Rittberg and Fenner Stanley Tanswell. Epistemic Injustice in Mathematics Education.
  11. Deniz Sarikaya. Enculturation of mathematically gifted youth and two views of mathematics in society.
  12. Henrik Kragh Sørensen. Thinking practices—printing practices: On diagrams in 20th-century mathematical culture(s).
  13. Benjamin Wilck. Hidden Messages in Greek Mathematics: Style and Philosophy in Euclid.
  14. Ned Wontner. Mathematicians' Perceptions of "Generalisations" in Mathematics.

Depending on the schedule details, we may have another call for abstracts for remaining slots in the spring of 2021.

Call for Abstracts

This meeting stands in the tradition of an informal series of meetings of scholars interested in cultural aspects of mathematical research practice, attracting a community of scholars from mathematics, philosophy, mathematics education, sociology, anthropology, automated reasoning, and history of mathematics. Participants of these gatherings were interested in developing a view of mathematics on the basis of empirical observations of the practices of mathematicians, taking into account the fact that cultures and practices of mathematics vary over time, space, and research community.

We should like to invite all researchers working in the study of cultures and practices of mathematics to contribute their presentations to the next conference of the informal series, held in St Andrews, Scotland, from 8 to 10 July 2020 as a satellite event of the BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM meeting in St Andrews.

Please submit short abstracts (100-250 words) on questions including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Local mathematical cultures and styles: How can we define a mathematical culture? Which cultures are particularly interesting or influential? How do different cultures interact?
  • Values in mathematics: What do mathematicians value? How do these values emerge or change? How widely are they shared?
  • The social nature of mathematical knowledge production: How is the process of knowledge construction coordinated? How does collaboration work in various media? How do power structures and historical biases affect production of, and conventions within, research mathematics? What does social interaction online look like?
  • Materiality of mathematics: How do various physical materials used affect the production of mathematics? What is the role of the blackboard, the sketchpad, the pencil? How have technogical advances such as email, latex, blogs and fora had an affect?
  • Technological innovations: What is the role of the computer in mathematical production? How do successes in automated reasoning interact with research mathematics?

The submission deadline is 20 March 2020. Please submit via the Easychair submission page