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22-25 March 2015, Cultures of Mathematics IV, New Delhi, India

Date: 22-25 March 2015
Location: New Delhi, India
Deadline: 7 December 2014

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.

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.

For more information, see http://www.math.uni-hamburg.de/spag/ml/Delhi2015/.

The programme committee of the conference Cultures of Mathematics IV cordially invites all researchers who work on cultural aspects of mathematics and/or the practice of mathematics from all associated disciplines (i.e., mathematics, philosophy, sociology, mathematics education, history, psychology, and others) to submit abstracts of papers to be presented in Delhi. We are particularly interested in studies dealing with differences between mathematical research cultures, and among these in studies dealing with concrete examples, as well as methodological discussions of the use of empirical and historical data from the study of mathematical practice for gaining insight in the phenomenon of mathematics. Please submit abstracts of talks by the deadline of 7 December 2014.

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