Enabling Mathematical Cultures

Three-day Workshop, University of Oxford, 5th-7th December 2017

Organisers: Joe Corneli, Lorenzo Lane, Ursula Martin, Fenner Tanswell

Location: Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG


This workshop celebrates the completion of the EPSRC-funded project “Social Machines of Mathematics”, led by Professor Ursula Martin at the University of Oxford. We will present research arising from the project, and bring together interested researchers who want to build upon and complement our work. We invite interested researchers from a broad range of fields, including: Computer Science, Philosophy, Sociology, History of Mathematics and Science, Argumentation theory, and Mathematics Education. Through such a diverse mix of disciplines we aim to foster new insights, perspectives and conversations around the theme of Enabling Mathematical Cultures.

Our intention is to build upon previous events in the “Mathematical Cultures” series.  These conferences explored diverse topics concerning the socio-cultural, historical and philosophical aspects of mathematics. Our workshop will, likewise, explore the social nature of mathematical knowledge production, through analysis of historical and contemporary examples of mathematical practice. Our specific focus will be around how social, technological and conceptual tools are developed and transmitted, so as to enable participation in mathematics, as well as the sharing and construction of group knowledge in mathematics. In particular, we are interested in the way online mathematics, such as exhibited by the Polymath Projects, MathOverflow and the ArXiv, enable and affect the mathematical interactions and cultures.

The event will take place in the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford on 5th, 6th and 7th December 2017, with a dinner on 5th December and an informal supper on 6th December. The first talk will begin at midday on the 5th, and the final talk will be finished by 3pm on the 7th.

Confirmed speakers include: Andrew Aberdein, Michael Barany, Alan Bundy, Joe Corneli, Matt Inglis, Lorenzo Lane, Ursula Martin, Dave Murray-Rust, Alison Pease, and Fenner Tanswell.


To register your interest in the workshop and to receive updates for the upcoming event please contact Sarah Baldwin at sarah.baldwin@cs.ox.ac.uk


Registration opens on September 4th 2017.

Preliminary Programme

Tuesday 5 Dec

11:30-12:00       Registration, Tea and Coffee  
12:00-13:00       TBA
13:00-14:00       Lunch
14:00-14:45       TBA
14:45-15:30       Lorenzo Lane
15.30-16:00       Tea and Coffee
16:00-16:45       Fenner Tanswell
16:45-17:30       TBA

18:30-20:00       FORMAL DINNER: Somerville College

Wednesday 6 Dec

9:30-10:15        TBA
10:15-11:00      TBA
11:00-11:30      Tea and Coffee
11:30-13:00      3 x 30 Minute talks
13:00-14:30      Lunch
14.30-16:00      3 x 30 Minute talks
16:00-16:30      Tea and Coffee 
16:30-17:15      Alison Pease

18:30-20:00      INFORMAL DINNER

Thursday 7 Dec

9:30-10:15        Joe Corneli
10:15-11:00      TBA
11:00-11:30      Tea and Coffee
11:30-13:00      3 x 30 Minute talks
13:00-14:00      Lunch
14.00-15:00      Ursula Martin