The Common Denominator

21-22 March 2014

Call for Papers

Focusing on the wider British context, the aim of this two-day interdisciplinary conference (21-22 March 2014) is to bring together researchers from diverse academic and professional disciplines. By establishing mathematics as the common denominator between the individual panels, the links between mathematics and Cultural Studies are brought into focus. The conference will explore the reception and representation of mathematical concepts in Britain and the Commonwealth across such diverse fields as popular culture, literature and linguistics.

We invite proposals of 250-300 words for papers of 20 minutes length from postgraduate students and established scholars. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to the following fields:

  • Philosophy: mathematics in history, philosophy and religion, e.g. John Dee
  • Politics: mathematics and gender, the British Empire, and Bletchley Park
  • Popular Culture: mathematics and their influence on everyday life, recreational mathematics
  • The Arts: representations of mathematics in film, the Fine Arts, music, architecture, the aesthetics of mathematical symbols
  • Literature: representations of mathematics and mathematicians in literature, mathematical imagery

Proposals should include up to four keywords and indicate a critical approach or theoretical framework. Owing to the international character, the conference language is English. Please e-mail your submissions either as a word document or PDF by 15 July 2013 to the following address:

denominator@uni-leipzig.de

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers, Felicitas Hanke, Franziska Kohlt, Rita Singer, and Kati Voigt.