Universiteit van Amsterdam


Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

17 - 19 May 2018, Masterclass in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice with Karine Chemla

Date: 17 - 19 May 2018
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Target audience: PhDs and Postdocs
Costs: Free
Deadline: Sunday 1 April 2018

Masterclass in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice


Prof. Dr. Karine Chemla

May, 17-19

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Brussels, Belgium

The Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host its Second Masterclass in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice on May, 17-19, with Prof. Dr. Karine Chemla (SPHERE, Université Paris 7 - CNRS, France). The Masterclass will be composed of three lectures, the tentative titles of which are as follows:

Lecture 1 (Thursday, 17/5): Practices of Generality in the Mathematics of Ancient China and Beyond

Lecture 2 (Friday, 18/5): Working with Diagrams, Interpreting Diagrams. Views Based on Chinese Sources

Lecture 3 (Saturday, 19/5): The Practices of Abstraction and their Interpretations in the Mathematics of Ancient China

We intend the Masterclass to be a fully interactive event, with the twofold objective to understand in depth the materials presented in the lectures, and to provide early career researchers (PhD students and Postdocs) with an opportunity to discuss their ongoing work in a helpful and constructive environment. The lectures by Prof. Chemla will take place in the mornings, and will be followed by afternoon sessions with presentations by early career researchers in the History and Philosophy of Mathematical Practice.

Call for Abstracts

We invite early career researchers who would be interested to present their work to send us an abstract of at most 1 page by April, 1st. Please submit your abstract, including your affiliation information, by sending it to the following email address: . The talks will be of a duration of around 20 minutes (not including discussion). Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the middle of April. Notice that submitting an abstract is not mandatory for attending the Masterclass.

Attendance Fees and Registration

We ask people to register to the Masterclass by May, 1st, but there will be no attendance fees for the event, and attendance of the Masterclass is open to everyone interested. If you are planning to attend the Masterclass, please register by sending an email to: .


The Masterclass will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) on the Etterbeek campus, which is situated in Brussels, Belgium.


The Masterclass is organized by Line Andersen, Sven Delarivière, Joachim Frans, Yacin Hamami, Colin Rittberg, Yannick van den Abbeel, and Nigel Vinckier.

Contact Information

For any questions, please contact the organizers by sending an email to: .

Acknowledgements and Supports

The Masterclass is supported by the Strategic Research Program entitled “Logic and Philosophy of Mathematical Practices” of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the Doctoral School of Human Sciences (DSh) of the VUB, and the Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice (APMP).