MaP-Symposium 2019: Mathematics and Practice - Philosophical, historical and educational perspectives

March 22nd - 23rd, University of Rostock, Institute of Mathematics


The MaP-symposium is a follow-up of the MEA-symposium on Mathematical Evidence and Argument held in Bremen in 2017. The issues discussed in Bremen, elaborated in resulting papers (ZDM-special issue, articles online first see, made obvious that different understandings of mathematics as a practice strongly influence our notions of mathematical argumentation and proof. We follow this line of thought in putting “Mathematics and Practice” as a focal point of interest of the 2019 symposium in Rostock. It embraces mathematics and argumentative, discursive practices, mathematics as a cultural practice, practices of interaction, mathematics as a scientific practice, education practices, and so forth. Various disciplines today already contribute research that can help to elaborate such a multifaceted picture of “mathematics” as a manifold of human practices. These include the philosophy of mathematical practice, the history and sociology of mathematics, and mathematics education.

The aim of the symposium is now twofold:

  • First, we want to bring results and perspectives from such research to-gether, to fathom and foster ways of interdisciplinary gain and theory development regarding research questions, methods, and results. This shall also include discussion on “refraction phenomena” caused by the use of multiple lenses on the subject, e.g., by expectable differences in the use and understanding of the notion of practice.
  • Second, we want to discuss in how far, and by what means, a fresh and multifaceted picture of mathematics and practice can and should be disseminated in education.


22nd March 2019 23rd March 2019
09.15 - 09.30 Introduction: Eva Müller-Hill, Christine Knipping 09.15 - 09.30 Introduction: Eva Müller-Hill, Christine Knipping
09.30 - 10.45 Keynote: Gila Hanna (University of Toronto) 09.30 - 10.45 Keynote: Benedikt Löwe (University of Hamburg)
10.45 - 11.00 Coffee Break 10.45 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.45 Section I: Patricio Herbst Section V: Keith Weber et al.
11.45 - 12.15 Plenary Discussion 11.45 - 12.15 Plenary Discussion
12.15 - 13.30 Lunch Break 12.15 - 13.30 Lunch Break
13.30 - 14.15 Section II: Leander Kempen Section VI: Kotaru Komatsu et al.
14.15 - 15.00 Section III: Michael Friedman Section VII: Daniel Sommerhoff et al.
15.00 - 15.30 Coffee Break 15.00 - 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 - 16.15 Section IV: Colin Rittberg Plenary Discussion and Closing Remarks
16.15 - 16.45 Plenary Discussion