DTM network for mathematics and hard sciences


In his book Decolonizing The Mind – A Guide to Decolonial Theory and Practice, Sandew Hira, secretary of the Decolonial International Network, has laid down some guidelines on how to decolonize mathematics and the natural science. Regarding mathematics he outlines five dimensions of decolonizing mathematics.

  1. A critique of the Western historiography of mathematics
  2. A critique of the foundations of Euromathematics
  3. A critique of the use of Euromathematics
  4. The concept of reverse engineering in mathematics and technology
  5. A new educational system for mathematics

Regarding the hard sciences he distinguishes four dimensions:

  1. A critique of the Western historiography of hard sciences.
  2. A critique of the Western concept of the relationship between humans and nature.
  3. A critique of the Western concept of the role of ethics in hard sciences.
  4. A critique of the limits of hard sciences.

A year ago Gustavo Paccosi started with organizing a group of mathematicians and scientist in Argentina who meet every two weeks to discuss critical issues in math and science. Gustavo is a doctor in science and technology and lecturer in mathematics at the Universidad Nacional De General Sarmiento (UNGS) in Buenos Aires. He works in the area of mathematics and applied mathematics, with specialization in bifurcation theory and synchronization.

In several meetings between Sandew and Gustavo the idea was born to join forces and set up an international network of scientists dedicated to decolonizing mathematics and the hard sciences.

Aims of the network

The network has the following aims:

  1. To develop a research program in the different dimension of mathematics and the hard sciences.
  2. To get students and researchers involved in participating in the research program.
  3. To publish the results of the research program.
  4. To organize workshop, seminars and conferences to further develop the research program and distribute and discuss the results of the program.

The network is an experiment in setting up an infrastructure of experts to reconstruct a discipline in science from a DTM point of view.

Get involved

If you want to actively participate in the network, please send an email to mathnetwork@din.today with your name, country of residence, your professional background and why you are interested in joining the network.