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2024


January 3–6, 2024:  Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Francisco, California

          The program includes the following sessions relevant to the history of mathematics and its use in teaching:

  • AMS Special Session on History of Mathematics, co-organized by Adrian Rice, Sloan Evans Despeaux, Deborah Kent, and Jemma Lorenat.
  • AMS Special Session on Mathematics and Philosophy, co-organized by Tom Morley and Bonnie Gold.
  • Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), Bringing Ethics and Justice to the Mathematics Classroom Through Historical Case Studies, co-organized by Jemma Lorenat and Deborah Kent.


January 18, 2024:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova University
This talk will be online only.

          The PASHoM seminar will meet virtually on Zoom for the spring semester (except the April talk, which will be hybrid), with one speaker each month. In the January talk Jeffrey Oaks, University of Indianapolis, will present How to Think Like a Medieval Algebraist. All seminar talks will begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for parking or Zoom details.


January 25–26, 2024:  Being a Minority in Medieval and Early-Modern Sciences, L. & A. Birkenmajer Institute for the History of Science and Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace, Warsaw (Poland)

          The workshop will bring together scholars and students alike, welcoming their diverse methodological backgrounds and perspectives. Our goal is to create an inclusive and diverse platform that fosters meaningful discussions on the social and cultural aspects of minorities and the sciences throughout different historical periods and cultures. By engaging in this multidisciplinary exploration, we hope to gain deeper insights into the complex interplay between scientific pursuits and minority experiences in the past. Deadline for the submission of abstracts: October 15, 2023. Notification of acceptance by email: October 30, 2023. Questions and abstracts should be addressed to Dr. Josefina Rodríguez-Arribas: rodriguezarribas@gmail.com.


February 15, 2024:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM), Villanova University
This talk will be online only.

          The PASHoM seminar will meet virtually on Zoom for the spring semester (except the April talk, which will be hybrid), with one speaker each month. In the February talk Bonita Lawrence, Professor Emerita, Marshall University, will speak on Solving Dynamic Equations: Using Gifts from the Past. The Marshall Differential Analyzer Project developed from an idea sparked by a visit to the London Science Museum’s display of historic differential analyzer machines. The primary goal of the project was to offer an alternative perspective, and hence an enhanced understanding, of the behavior of solutions to dynamic equations. As our study and the construction of our machines progressed, we found that the dynamic motion of the machine’s components and the sounds created offered observers an amazing physical connection to the “programed” mathematical equation. Through the years, our machines have been used to teach students about modeling physical systems with dynamic equations, for research studies, and to offer prospective students an alternative view of our mathematical structure.This presentation will begin with some discussion of the history of the development of these machines and of our own project. A general overview of the primary components of the machine and the relationship between the mechanics and the mathematics being modeled will follow. The big finale will be a live streaming of a run of the large four integrator machine, complete with a discussion of the link between the physical connections between the components and the differential equation under consideration. All seminar talks will begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff for parking or Zoom details.


March 2, 2024:  BSHM Research in Progress Meeting, Queen's College, Oxford, England

          BSHM’s annual meeting that provides an opportunity for research students in any area of the history of mathematics to present their work to a friendly and supportive audience.


March 6, 2024:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
This talk will be held in a hybrid format.

          Scheduled at 4:00 pm ET in Room HHE214 Business Building and preceded by coffee at 3:30 pm in Room 414 Science Building, Adelphi Univ. Ximena Catepillán of Millersville University will speak on “Maya numbers and calendrical computations.” The presentation will be simulcast on Zoom. Contact Pat Allaire or Rob Bradley for further details about attending in person or virtually.


April 3, 2024:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
This talk will be held in a hybrid format.

          Scheduled at 4:00 pm ET in Room HHE214 Business Building and preceded by coffee at 3:30 pm in Room 414 Science Building, Adelphi Univ. Larry D’Antonio of Ramapo College will be the speaker. The presentation will be simulcast on Zoom. Contact Pat Allaire or Rob Bradley for further details about attending in person or virtually.


April 12–13, 2024:  Women and Worlds of Learning in Europe: From the Medieval to the Modern Day, Oxford University, England

          This conference aims to explore the different experiences of women in intellectual spheres and how these roles have developed over time. It commemorates the women whose complex relationships with higher education have shaped the experience of female scholars today and to acknowledge there is still work to be done. This call for papers is also a call for action. The call for papers is open until September 1st.


May 1, 2024:  Frederick V. Pohle Colloquium Series in the History of Mathematics, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
This talk will be held in a hybrid format.

          Scheduled at 4:00 pm ET in Room HHE214 Business Building and preceded by coffee at 3:30 pm in Room 414 Science Building, Adelphi Univ. William Dunham of Bryn Mawr College will be the speaker. The presentation will be simulcast on Zoom. Contact Pat Allaire or Rob Bradley for further details about attending in person or virtually.


May 1, 2024:   The Hazen Lecture, The History of Science Society, New York Academy of Medicine, New York City

          Daniel J. Kevles of Yale University will present “From Private and Insular to Public and Engaged: The History of Science in the Century Since Sarton.”


June 15–17, 2024:  Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM), Montreal, Quebec, Canada

          The Society’s Annual Meeting will take place at McGill University in Montreal as part of Congress 2024 of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The special session, CSHPM at 50: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, celebrates the Society’s 50th anniversary. Papers may address the history and philosophy of mathematics in Canada or the CSHPM, or graduate students and early career scholars may discuss their contributions to the future of the history and philosophy of mathematics. The general session welcomes papers on any subject relating to the history of mathematics, its use in the teaching of mathematics, the philosophy of mathematics, or a related topic. Abstracts are due February 10, 2024. For further information contact Maria Zack.


July 1–5, 2024:  HPM 2024: International Study Group on the Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM), Sydney, Australia

          HPM 2024 is the eleventh quadrennial meeting of the HPM group, an affiliated study group of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction, ICMI. By combining the history of mathematics with the teaching and learning of mathematics, HPM connects the past and the future of mathematics. Therefore, the group aims to stress the conception of mathematics as a living science, a science with a long history, a vivid present, and an as yet unforeseen future. The program includes plenary lectures, panels, workshops, parallel sessions where participants present research reports, poster exhibitions, and exhibitions of books and other didactical material. Proposals for contributed talks, workshops and posters are due by the extended deadline of March 15, 2024, using the application form posted on the meeting website. For further information, see also the Second Announcement or contact Snezana Lawrence.


July 7–14, 2024:  ICME-15: International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME), Sydney, Australia

          The largest international conference on mathematics education in the world, this quadrennial event is organized under the auspices of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction and explores current global trends in mathematics education research and mathematics teaching practices at all levels. The program includes 54 Topic Study Groups (TSGs), including TSG 5.4: The Role of the History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education. Although the deadline for submitting TSG presentation proposals closed in fall 2023, all conference attendees are able to collaboratively explore classic and contemporary topics relevant to mathematics education by participating in these session-based discussions.


September 16–20, 2024:  ICHME-8 Eighth International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education, Warsaw, Poland

         This conference devoted solely to the history of mathematics education will be held at the Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Sciences. Proceedings will be published after the meeting. Topics may include but are not limited to: methodology; transmission and reception of new educational ideas in mathematics education; connections between the history of mathematics education and the history of mathematics; actors and contributors in mathematics education; development of mathematics education in specific countries; development and changes in mathematical content within a curriculum and in the form of its presentation; mathematics education of groups historically underserved in education; mathematics teacher education; mathematics textbooks and other educational resources; and reforms in mathematics education. Submit an abstract with selected bibliography (maximum of 500 words) to ichme8@gmail.com by the extended deadline of March 1.


November 7–10, 2024:  Annual Meeting, History of Science Society, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
This meeting will be held in a hybrid format.

          This year’s conference theme is Imperfect Pasts, Uncertain Futures to mark HSS’s 100th anniversary. The organizers invite submissions on any topic in the history of science, but they especially encourage proposals of organized sessions and roundtables that address aspects of the conference theme.The meeting will be in-person. HSS is also planning to host a virtual festival with limited slots for members to share their work who are unable to attend in person.

2025


May 12, 2025:  Numbers and Narratives: A Feminist Genealogy of Automathographies, San Francisco, California

          May 12 is the International Women in Mathematics Day, which was chosen to mark and celebrate the birthday of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman, to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics, in 2014. In joining these celebrations all over the world, we organize a symposium, which will address amongst others the following questions, but its topics will by no means restricted within them:

  • How can we think differently about the problem that well into the 21st century women are still marginalized in mathematical sciences?
  • How can we make sense of women mathematicians’ historical emergence as subjects of scientific knowledge, as well as creators of philosophy and culture?
  • In what ways can memory work in the archives motivate young women and girls to re-imagine themselves as mathematicians in the future?

Please send an abstract of around 200 words with a short bio to Maria Tamboukou at m.tamboukou@uel.ac.uk by June 30, 2024.

Please submit Calendar items and updates to convergence@maa.org.