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January 6–9, 2021:  AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington, DC
This meeting will take place virtually.

          The program includes the following sessions relevant to the history of mathematics and its uses in teaching:

  • AMS Special Session, “History of Mathematics,” co-organized by Adrian Rice (Randolph Macon College), Deborah Kent (Drake Univ.), Jemma Lorenat (Pitzer College), and Danny Otero (Xavier Univ.).
  • HOM SIGMAA Reception, Business Meeting, and Guest Lecture by Danny Otero (Xavier Univ.), “Jakob Bernoulli’s Treatise on Infinite Series”.
  • MAA Contributed Paper Session, “The Philosophy of Mathematics, in Memory of Reuben Hersh,” co-organized by Sally Cockburn (Hamilton College), Kevin Iga (Pepperdine Univ.), and Tom Morley (Georgia Tech, emeritus).
  • AMS Special Session, “The Legacy of Dick Askey,” co-organized by Howard S. Cohl (NIST), Mourad E.H. Ismail (Univ. of Central Florida), and George E. Andrews (Penn State Univ.)
  • AMS Special Session, “Creative Teaching Methods That Lead to Student Learning,” co-organized by Michael A. Radin (Rochester Inst. of Tech.), Natali Hritonenko (Prairie View A & M Univ.), and Ellina Grigorieva (Texas Woman’s Univ.)
  • AMS Special Session, “Knotty Problems in Geometry: Special Session in Memory of Mark E. Kidwell,” co-organized by Will Traves (USNA) and Kerry Luse (Trinity Washington Univ.)
  • AMS-NAM Joint Special Session, “Celebrating the Mathematical Legacy of Dr. James A. Donaldson,” co-organized by Naiomi Cameron (Spellman College), Talitha Washington (Clark Atlanta Univ.), Caleb Ashley (Univ. of Michigan), and Bourama Toni (Howard Univ.)
  • AMS Invited Address by Ryan Hynd (Univ. of Penn.), “The Hamilton-Jacobi equation, past and present.”

January 15, 2021:   Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM) Online Colloquium
This colloquium will take place virtually.

          The November 27 session will feature Dora Musielak, University of Texas at Arlington,  who will speak on the topic, “Prime Mystery: Sophie Germain and Fermat’s Last Theorem,” beginning at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). For regular updates on the programme, and joining instructions, see the News section of the CSHPM website or follow the Society on Facebook.

January 21, 2021:  Philadelphia Area Seminar on the History of Mathematics (PASHoM)
This talk will take place virtually.

          The PASHoM seminar will meet virtually on Zoom for the spring semester, with one speaker each month. The January seminar talk will be presented by Marina Vulis, who will discuss the life and career of Zygmunt Janiszewski (1888–1920). All talks will begin at 6:30 pm ET. Contact Alan Gluchoff,  for Zoom details.

February 27, 2021:  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), Research in Progress
This meeting will take place virtually.

          Clemency Montelle, University of Canterbury (New Zealand), will be the keynote speaker. See the event page for updated information.

April 29–30, 2021:  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), Marriages, Couples, and the Making of Mathematical Careers
This workshop will take place virtually.

          This online workshop proposes to explore the role of marriage and other domestic partnerships in the lived practice and constructed memory of mathematics.

May 15, 2021:  British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM)  History of Decision Mathematics Conference 
Rescheduled from May 2020.

          An all day conference that will be held at Birkbeck College, London. History of Decision Mathematics.

July 11–18, 2021:  14th Quadrennial International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-14), Shanghai, China
Rescheduled from July 2020.
          The ICME-14 program includes a total of 62 Topic Study Groups (TSGs). Of particular relevance to the study of the history of mathematics are these:

  • TSG 27, “The Role of the History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education”
  • TSG 55, “The History of the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics”

          See also the HPM satellite meeting (July 20–24, 2021, entry below).

July 12–14, 2021: Quinquennial BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM Joint Meeting, St Andrews, Scotland
Rescheduled from July 2020.

          Scheduled at the Univ. of St Andrews, this year with the theme "People, Places, Practices". Every five years, a conference is held jointly by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) and its sister society, the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des mathématiques) (CSHPM/SCHPM). This conference was postponed from summer 2020. Presenters of  papers accepted for the originally-scheduled dates in 2020 have been asked to confirm whether they wish to present in 2021. A second call for papers ay be issued in the winter 2020/21 if there is space remaining in the programme.

July 19–23, 2021:  Objects of Understanding: Historical Perspectives on Material Artefacts and Practices in Science Education, Flensburg, Germany
Rescheduled from June 2020.

          The conference will discuss objects that were explicitly designed for the purpose of science education such as teaching demonstrations and students’ experiments, models and collections of specimens, as well as the relationship between teaching and research instruments and collections, and the practices associated with them. It is sponsored by the Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC), the International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group (IHPST), the International Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC) and Universeum, the European Academic Heritage Network. Proposals for individual papers of about 20 minutes and for posters are welcomed; submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to by October 15, 2020.

July 20–24, 2021:  10th Quadrennial HPM meeting, Macao, China
Rescheduled from July 2020.

          HPM 2020, scheduled at the Univ. of Macau in SAR Macao, China, is the 10th quadrennial meeting of the International Study Group on the Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics—the HPM Group. It is a satellite conference of ICME-14 in Shanghai, China (see July 11–18, 2021, entry, above). The official languages of HPM 2020 are English and Chinese. The program includes plenary lectures, panels, workshops, and parallel sessions where participants present research reports, as well as poster exhibitions and exhibits of books and other didactical material.

July 25–31, 2021:  26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic

          Scheduled at Charles University in Prague, this gathering is organized by the Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). The theme of this year’s Congress is “Giants and Dwarfs in Science, Technology and Medicine”. The deadlines for submission of proposals are Apr. 30, 2020, for complete symposia, and Nov. 30, 2020, for stand-alone abstracts.

September 11, 2021:   British Society for the History of Mathematics (BHSM)  History of Mathematics and Flight
Rescheduled from September 2020.

          All day meeting at the Concorde Conference Center, Manchester Airport, Manchester, England. Includes an optional tour of the Concorde flight deck.

September 24–25, 2021: 48th Annual Miami University Mathematics Conference, Oxford, Ohio
Rescheduled from September 2020.

          The theme of this year's meeting is History of Mathematics, and keynote speakers will be David Richeson (Dickinson College) and Glen Van Brummelen (Trinity Western University, Canada). The conference will include the 47th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Student Conference.

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