Event: Professor Elizabeth de Freitas – The material culture of mathematics

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The Education and Social Research Institute are hosting a lecture on Thursday 17th November with Professor Elizabeth de Freitas on The material culture of mathematics.

Materiality, technicity and embodiment play significant roles in mathematical activity. Gestures, diagrams, and different media figure prominently in mathematics teaching and learning, and also in mathematical invention.

This lecture focuses on material practices entailed in mathematical activity, discussing examples of expert and novice mathematics. These examples show how sensation and meaning come together in distinctive ways when people do mathematics both in classrooms and beyond. Rather than emphasize how mathematical concepts transcend the material making process, I use these examples to show how mathematics is deeply implicated in our collective interests and corporeality.

Elizabeth de Freitas is a Professor of STEM EducationHer research focuses on philosophical investigations of mathematics, science and technology, pursuing the implications and applications of this work in the learning sciences.

She has published four books and over fifty chapters and articles on a range of scholarly topics.

The Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has been reconfigured as a University Research Centre and as a Department in the Faculty of Education. This event highlights some of the Institute’s world leading research and features.

This event will be introduced by the Head of ESRI and Associate Dean for Research in Education, Professor Harry Torrance.

The lecture will start at 6:00pm with refreshments served from 5:30pm by the Spanish steps, Brooks building

To book tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/professor-elizabeth-de-freitas-the-material-culture-of-mathematics-tickets-28687246326