The third conference of the AHRC Science in Culture Theme Mathematical Cultures Research Network (10-12 April 2014) will discuss the relations between mathematics and non-mathematical public cultures.  Amongst other topics, it will explore the question “why should I study mathematics?”–from perspectives within and outside mathematical cultures. This third meeting will aim to build on the first conference by identifying the contributions from and audiences in the various mathematical cultures.  It will build on the second conference by drawing on the articulations and explorations of mathematical values there explored.

Confirmed Speakers include: 

Michael Harris
Tony Mann
Heather Mendick
Madeline Muntersbjorn

Call for Papers

Abstracts of about 300 words are invited on the place and reception of mathematics in non-mathematical cultures, relations between mathematical and non-mathematical cultures, and especially the cultural significance of mathematics for school pupils, their parents and other advisers at the points when they decide whether or not to study it.  Historical analyses are welcome, especially if they offer insight (possibly through contrast) into the experiences and conditions of present-day developed societies.

The deadline is 30 November 2013.  Authors will be advised of the outcome in early January 2014. More information about the application process is available here.