Mathematical Inqueery: Viewing historic developments in math through the lens of queer theory and why it matters

event Thursday, April 6, 2023
access_time 5:05pm (CDT)
room PHSC 1105

Abstract: Critical theories approach understanding from a sociopolitical viewpoint. One such theory is Queer Theory, which when used to analyze mathematics is called “Mathematical Inqueery,” introduced by Kai Rands (ze/hir). Mathematical Inqueery uses queer theory as a non-normative way of understanding math concepts and leaning into concepts that “shouldn’t be true but nevertheless are.” In this talk I will introduce Queer Theory and discuss how viewing historic mathematical developments through this lens can help us reach new breakthroughs in mathematics.

For more information on this event, please contact Tomoya Tatsuno.