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HPM 2008


HPM 2008

History and Pedagogy of Mathematics

The HPM Satellite Meeting of ICME 11


14 - 18  July  2008

Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, Mexico City, México 





1.  Aim and focus

TheHPM 2008 is the seventh quadrennial meeting of the International Study Group on the Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (the HPM Group), affiliated to ICMI. It is a satellite meeting of the corresponding ICME (International Congress on Mathematical Education) and is scheduled close to ICME. These quadrennial meetings are a major activity of HPM, to bring together those who are interested on the relation between the history of mathematics and mathematics education such as:

  • Researchers in mathematics education, and its relation to the history of mathematics;
  • Mathematics teachers at all levels who are eager to get insights on how the history of mathematics may be integrated into teaching and help students to learn mathematics;
  • Historians of mathematics, who wish to talk about their research;
  • Mathematicians, who want to learn about new possibilities to teach their discipline;
  • All those with an interest in the history of mathematics and pedagogy.


2. Main themes

The HPM 2008 is a place where mathematicians, educators, historians, researchers and students, can make presentations and participate in discussions. The programme and activities are structured around the following main themes:

1. Integrating the History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education.

2. Topics in the History of Mathematics Education.

3. Mathematics and its relation to science, technology and the arts: historical issues and educational implications.

4. Cultures and Mathematics.

5. Historical, philosophical and epistemological issues in Mathematics Education.

6. Mathematics from the Americas


3. Activities during HPM2008

During the HPM 2008 there will be

  • one-hour  plenary lectures on the six main themes  
  • one-hour panel discussions.
  • parallel sessions of 25-minute oral presentations, followed by 5-minute discussions.
  • poster exhibitions with discussion sessions
  • exhibitions of (old) books and other didactical material
  • A limited number of 1-hour workshops in which participants are actively participating in studying a specific subject on the basis of historical, or didactical material, which motivates and orients the exchange of ideas and the discussion among the participants (e.g. original historical texts, didactical material, students’ worksheets etc).


4.  Time and place

Time: Monday 14 July - Friday 18 July 2008

Location: Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo (CCMC), Ciudad de México (Mexico City), México (

Address: Leandro Valle # 20, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México. (Downtown Mexico City)

Access: The Conference Location is at one side of the Church of Santo Domingo, just 5min-walk from the El Zocaloor Plaza de la Constitución, symbolic heart of Mexico City. The Plaza de la Constitucionis the main square of the country and is located in the downtown area of the city. The Metro station is called "Zocalo". Its extension is about four hectares, one of the largest in the world.How To Get There? The easiest way is the Metro. Take it to the Zocalo stop on line 2.


Sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a free day, with optional excursions to be paid for separately from the registration fee; they will include (a) A bus trip to the ruins and pyramids of Teotihuacan; (b) A trip to the archeological museum-the most intense introduction to pre-Columbian Mexico; (c) a walking exploration of the Zocalo and its surroundings; (d) Art works of Mexico City, including famous murals. For more details, see Programme.


5. Official Languages

The official languages are English and Spanish.

More specifically:

-All plenary talks and panel discussions will be with simultaneous translation.

-Oral presentations will be in either English or Spanish with one set of transparencies in Spanish and one set in English utilizing either two projectors and screens or two power point computers.


6. Submission of proposals

The deadline for proposals for oral presentations and workshops has expired since 30 November 2007 and notification of acceptance had been sent in early January 2007. Accepted proposals will form part of the HPM 2008 Scientific Programme.

Full papers have been submitted by February 15, 2008 and will be reviewed by members of the International Scientific Programme Committee (SPC). Accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings and notification of acceptance will be sent to the authors by April 30, 2008. For more details, see Proceedings.


7.  Programme

Plenary Activities

The following plenary lectures will be given:

Theme 1.

Plenary Lecture: David Pengelley (New Mexico State University, USA): Teaching mathematics with primary historical sources: Should it go mainstream?  Can it?

Theme 2.

Plenary Lecture: Rosa María Farfán(Instituto De Ciencia yTecnología del DF, &Cinvestav IPN, México): Socioepistemological approach to Fourier series. Mathematics, Physics and Social Practice.

Theme 3.  

Plenary Lecture: Michele Emmer (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”,Italy): Mathematics, Art, Architecture and Technology: the Idea of Space.

Theme 4.  

Plenary Lecture: Glen Van Brummelen (Quest University, Canada):Crossing Cultures, Oceans, Religions, and the Cosmos: In Search of the Origins of Trigonometry

Panel: Alejandro Garciadiego (Coordinator),Ricardo Quintero(DME–Cinvestav IPN), Alberto Camacho(Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua II), Francisco Cordero(DME – Cinvestav, IPN), Gisela Montiel(Prome – Cicata del IPN). Title to be announced  

Theme 5.

Plenary Lecture: Evelyne Barbin (Université de Nantes, France):Dialogism in mathematical writing: historical, philosophical and pedagogical issues 

Theme 6.

Plenary Lecture conjointly by:

Ubiratan d’Ambrosio (Pontificia Universidade, Catolica de Sao Paulo, Brazil): The transmission and acquisition of Mathematics in Colonial and Early Independent Countries in the Americas


 Karen Hunger Parshall (University of Virginia, USA):The Establishment of a Community of Mathematical Researchers in North America: 1636-1950

The complete list of plenary activities will be finalized in due course.


Provisional Time Table


Monday 14/7

Tuesday 15/7

Wednesday 16/7

Thursday 17/7

Friday 18/7







9:00 – 11:30


Plenary Talk

Plenary Talk

Plenary Talk







Excursions/Free Day

Plenary Talk

Plenary Talk

Plenary Talk


11:00 -  11:30





12:00 – 14:00

Parallel sessions (in 4 rooms)

Parallel sessions 

(in 4 rooms)

Parallel sessions 

(in 4 rooms)

Parallel sessions (in 4 rooms)

14:00 – 16:00

Lunch on one’s own

Lunch on one’s own

Lunch on one’s own


16:00 – 18:00

Parallel sessions (in 3 rooms)

Parallel sessions 

(in 3 rooms)

Parallel sessions (in 3 rooms)



Dinner on one’s own

Dinner on one’s own

Dinner on one’s own


The detailed programme, together with the abstracts of all accepted proposals will be posted on the HPM 2008 website in May 2008.


8.  Proceedings

Each submitted full text for an oral presentation, or workshop will be reviewed by members of the SPC. Accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings, which will be available on the spot in electronic form. They will also become available on the HPM 2008 and HPM websites.


9. Registration

Participants should register online, via the HPM 2008 website, by filling in the Registration Form

Registration fee &important deadlines:

  • Early registrationby April 30, 2008, registration fee 150$ / 80$ (for students)
  • Late registration after May 1, 2008, registration fee 200$ / 120 $ (for students) 
  • Participants wishing to register after June 15, 2008, should pay on the spot 250$ / 150$ (for students) 
  • Online registration will be closed on June 15, 2008. Participants wishing to register later should contact Prof. Ricardo Cantoral (

Payment: Participants should fill in and send the Registration Form, which can be found here, via e-mail to the Conference SecretariatPayment must be made in advance by bank transfer. Full details are provided in the Registration Form.

Bank: BBVA Bancomer

Branch: 0280, Legaria Lago

Swiftcode: BCMRMXMM

Beneficiario: Colegio Mexicano de Matemática Educativa A. C.

Number account: 0143887103

CLABE: 012180001438871035

Address Branch: Calzada Legaria 252, Local 5. Colonia Pensil, CP 11430. México, DF.

Principal office: Av. Universidad 1200, Colonia Xoco, Delegación Benito Juárez. MéxicoDF, CP 03339

The registration fee includes: Free access to all activities of HPM 2008, the HPM 2008 Proceedings in electronic form, the welcome reception cocktail, coffee breaks and the conference bag, which includes a copy of the abstracts of all contributions, the detailed programme of HPM 2008, a certificate of attendance and practical details on accommodation, food, tourist information etc.


10. Accommodation

There are a lot of good and affordable hotels within a 10-minute walk from the Conference Venue. Participants are kindly requested to make their own arrangements. A list of selected hotels appears on the HPM 2008 website.


 11. The (International) Scientific Program Committee (SPC)

 Main Organizers

-Ricardo Cantoral, Departamento de Matemática Educativa, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, México,

-Florence Fasanelli, American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA

-Alejandro Garciadiego, Departamento de Matemáticas, Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM, México

-Robert Stein, California State University, San Bernardino, USA

-Constantinos Tzanakis, Chair of the HPM Study Group, Department of Education University of Crete, Greece


-Abraham Arcavi, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 

-Evelyne Barbin, IREM-Centre François Viète, Université de Nantes, France

-Carlos Correia de Sà, Departamento de Matemática Pura da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Portugal

-Ubiratan d’ Ambrosio, Pontificia Universidade, Catolica de São Paulo, Brazil

-Abdellah El Idrissi, Ecole Normal Supérieure, Morocco

-Gail FitzSimons, Monash University, Australia

-Michael Fried, Program for Science and Technology Education, Ben Gurion University of the  Negev, Israel

-Fulvia Furinghetti, Department of Mathematics, Universita di Genova, Italy

-Wann-Sheng Horng, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

-Masami Isoda, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan

-Niels Jahnke, Fachbereich Mathematik, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

-Sten Kaijser, Department of Mathematics, University of Uppsala, Sweden

-Victor Katz, Department of Mathematics, University of the District of Columbia, USA

-Manfred Kronfellner, Institut für Algebra & Computermathematik, Technische Universität Wien,  Austria

-Ewa Lakoma, Institute of Mathematics, Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

-Joao Bosco Pitombeira de Carvalho, PUC do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

-Luis Radford, Ecole des Sciences de l’ Education, Laurentian University, Canada

-Leo Rogers, Roehampton University, Digby Stuart College, Roehampton University, UK

-Gert Schubring, Institut für Didaktik der Mathematik, Universität Bielefeld, Germany,

-Man-Keung Siu, Department of Mathematics, University of Hong Kong, China

-Bjørn Smestad, Faculty of Education, Oslo University College, Norway

-Jan van Maanen, Freudenthal Institute, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

-Chris Weeks, Downeycroft, Virginstow Beaworthy, UK

-Greicy Winicki Landman, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, California State Polytechnic  University, USA


  The Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

- Ricardo Cantoral, co-chair, Departamento de Matemática Educativa, Centro de Investigación y de  Estudios Avanzados del IPN, México

- Alejandro Garciadiego, co-chair, Departamento de Matemáticas, Facultad de Ciencias. 

  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México

- Rosa María Farfán, Dirección de Educación, Ciencia y Sociedad del Instituto de Ciencia y  Tecnología del DF, México

- Gisela Montiel, Centro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada del IPN,  México

- Gabriela Buendía, Cimate de la Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, México

- Rodrigo Cambray Nuñez, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, México

- Edmundo Palacios, Universidad Iberoamericana, México


  12. Contact

For further information, please contact:

-Ricardo Cantoral,

-Florence Fasanelli,

-Alejandro Garciadiego,

-Robert Stein,

-Constantinos Tzanakis,


HPM 2008Conference Secretariat

Letícia Sánchez
     Departamento de Matemática Educativa

Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (Cinvestav)
    Avenida Instituto Politécnico Nacional # 2508
    Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco, México, 07360, DF


Phone (52) + 55 –
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"HPM 2008," Loci (April 2008)