Coastal Carolina University
Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics
In this talk, Hottinger questions where and how we get our ideas about mathematics and about who can engage with mathematical knowledge. She takes a cultural studies approach that considers how those ideas shape our individual and cultural relationship to the field. How do individuals negotiate cultural stories about mathematics in order to establish their own mathematical subjectivity? What function do these stories serve for those individuals who have felt excluded from the field? Specifically, Hottinger argues that our cultural stories about mathematics contribute to the construction of a mathematical subjectivity that limits who has access to the field of mathematics.