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Critical transformations in and of mathematics 
Michael Barany (University of Edinburgh)
Zheng Li
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Michael Barany (University of Edinburgh)
Zheng Li
Michael Barany (University of Edinburgh)
Zheng Li
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Continuing our annual series of open panels for STS scholarship on mathematical sciences, we invite presentations and other forms of intervention that examine how critical transformations in the ideas, practices, and institutions of mathematics happen and how STS may contribute to these.

Long Abstract:

Abstract transformations of many kinds are fundamental to the theories and practices of modern mathematics. Transformations in the concepts, personas, settings, uses, values, and implications of mathematics are fundamental subjects of STS scholarship on mathematics. Open panel contributors are invited to mobilise mathematical and STS notions of criticality and critique to consider transformations in mathematics: how they happens, what they produce, and whether critical STS scholarship may contribute to needed changes in the ideas, practices, and institutions of mathematics, from classroom blackboards to geopolitical imaginations. Contributions might engage with distinctive forms of consensus and conflict in mathematics, and their connections to broader contexts and challenges of social, political, and infrastructural cooperation. We especially seek preliminary, speculative, experimental, and otherwise unsettled or unsettling work that can challenge our STS sensibilities as well as our sensibilities about mathematics.

Depending on submissions, we would like to structure this as a Combined Format Open Panel, with a combination of presentations of scholarly investigations, critical provocations, methodological demonstrations, practical activities, and collective discussions. The panel organisers are keen to talk with prospective contributors with creative ideas for the combined format open panel structure, and aim to incorporate a variety of approaches to the extent possible while also welcoming short traditional presentations.

Accepted contributions:

Session 1
Session 2