Symposia

The SAW group participates and organizes symposia in the context of international meetings, among them the European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) , the History of Science Society (HSS), the International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (ICHSTM), the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI) and the European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS).

The 5th conference on the history of the humanities, ‘The Making of the Humanities V’, Baltimore, 5-7 October, 2016
Plenary TalkSHS-Baltimore-2016
Karine Chemla
(ERC Projet SAW & CNRS Université Paris Diderot): “Writing the history of ancient mathematics in China and beyond in the 19th century: who? for whom?, and how?”

The 7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Praha, 22–24 September, 2016
Symposia by SAW members7ESHS  –  the complete book of abstracts of the 7ESHS online
Astral Sciences and Power in Europe and China
Organizers: Matthieu Husson (CNRS, SYRTE-Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France), LI Liang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)
Comparative study on the interplay between knowledge practices and powers in Chinese history
Organizer: ZHU Yiwen (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China)
Science, self and power: Self-Orientalism and others performances of identity in relation to Science (19th–21st century)
Organizers: Kenji Ito (SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies) & IASCUD, Hayama, Japan), Agathe Keller (CNRS-Université Paris Diderot & ERC-SAW, Paris, France)
The power of the historiography of science
Organizers: CHEN Zhihui (CNRS-University Paris Diderot, Paris, France), Jiří Hudeček (International Sinological Centre, Praha, Czech Republic), Martina Schneider (CNRS-Université Paris Diderot; Mainz Universität, Germany)

The 7th European Congress of Mathematics, Berlin, 18-22 July, 2016
Plenary Talk 7ECM
Karine Chemla
(ERC Projet SAW & CNRS Université Paris Diderot)
Section: Mathematics Education and History of Mathematics
Title of the talk: How has one, and how could one, approach the diversity of mathematical cultures?  Introduction, Wednesday, 20th July. The conference’s video  is on youtube.

The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), 22-25 June 2016, Minneapolis, USA,
Plenary session I- HOPOS, programme
Karine Chemla
(ERC Projet SAW & CNRS Université Paris Diderot)
Title of the talk: Generality as a Value in Various Epistemological Cultures, Wednesday 23rd July

The 2015 History of Science Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, November 2015
Symposium on Saturday, November 21, 2015
Historical and Theoretical Approaches to Comparison in the History of Ancient Science
Organizer:
Karine Chemla –  full day programme
Talk by SAW’s members :
Karine Chemla (ERC Project SAW & SPHERE, Université Paris Diderot & CNRS, France)
Comparisons in Early Historiographies of Mathematics in Ancient China. Abstract
Ivahn Smadja (ERC Project SAW & SPHERE, Université Paris Diderot, France)
History of Mathematics, the Crisis of the European Sciences and the Humboldtian Tradition. Abstract
Symposium on Sunday, November 22, 2015
Historiography of Cultural Diversity in the History of Science Victorian Room

Talk by SAW’s members:
Martina Schneider (ERC Project SAW & SPHERE, Université Paris Diderot, France, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany)
Dealing with Cultural Diversity in the History of Mathematics: The Case of Moritz Cantor. Abstract
Agathe Keller (ERC Project SAW & SPHERE, Université Paris Diderot & CNRS, France)
Reclaiming Diversity: The Paradoxes of ‘Vedic Mathematics’. Abstract
full programme of the 2015 HSS annual meeting

The 61st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale -26  June, 2015, Bern, Switzerland
Math & Realia – Workshop on mathematical practices in various sectors of Mesopotamian society
Organised by Cécile Michel and Christine Proust with the support of the SAW Project
Presentation and abstracts pdf version

The 6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, 4-6 Ssptember, 2014, Lisboa, Portugal
Symposium “Rethinking modes of teaching and transmitting knowledge: a historical perspective in east and west”
Christine Proust (Université Paris Diderot, France)
Some false evidence on the relationship between masters and disciples in cuneiform mathematical texts, Abstract

The 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, July 2013
The symposium on “Mathematical facets of measurement, measuring units,measured quantities and their uses” (programme) was organized by the following SAW members:
Karine Chemla (European Research Council, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, France), Agathe Keller (CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, France),  Cécile Michel (non-participant, ArScAn – HAROC, UMR 7041, CNRS, France), Robert Middeke-Conlin (Université Paris Diderot, France), Christine Proust (Université Paris Diderot & CNRS, France), Zhu Yiwen (Université Paris Diderot, France)
Talks by SAW’s members within this symposium:
Christine Proust (Université Paris Diderot, France)
Abstract numbers and measures in old Babylonian southern Mesopotamia: norms and variations, abstract
Zhu Yiwen (Université Paris Diderot, France)
The uses of quantities involving measuring units in computation in seventh-century China, abstract
The symposium on “Knowledge at work across cultural boundaries” included three talks by SAW’s members (programme)
Robert Middeke-Conlin (Université Paris Diderot, France)
Connecting a disconnect: applying scribal education to a professional setting during the old Babylonian period, abstract
Karine Chemla (European Research Council, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, France)
The diversity of mathematical cultures in ancient China, abstract
Agathe Keller (CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, France)
How we write the history of numerical transmissions: a journey from Alexander von Humboldt to Hankel, via Woepcke on the origins of the Indian decimal place-value notation, mathematics, and language, abstract

The 19th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS), Paris, 4-8 September, 2012
The special panel Meanings and uses of measuring units in pre-modern China, programme with abstracts, chaired by Karine Chemla & Zhu Yiwen
Karine Chemla (European Research Council, CNRS & Université Paris Diderot, France), Approaching the scientific work at play in the analysis of standard measuring vessel inancient China (3rd—7th centuries)
Zhu Yiwen, (Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, CAS, China), Different mathematical cultures in Tang time period as revealed by the treatment of measured quantities<
LI Liang (Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, CAS, Beijing), Measuring units and quantities in Chinese ancient astronomic tables
Christoph Harbsmeier (University of Oslo), Aspects of philosophy of numbers in relation to the lexicalized gramm of number words in pre-Buddhist and Classical Chinese
Asaf Goldschmidt (Dept. of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel), Measuring the Body – Locating Acupuncture Loci during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)