Monday, February 28, 2022

[DMANET] Call for Papers: Minisymposium "Mathematics and Arts" (hybrid: online or Berlin, Germany), Abstract deadline March 31st

Call for papers

The minisymposium "Mathematics and Arts" will be part of the annual
conference of the German Mathematical Society, planned to take place in
Berlin, Germany, 12. - 16. September. While the conference is taking
place in-person, online participation of solely the minisymposium is

Our minisymposium aims to bring together researchers, artists, and
educators interested in the connection and collaboration of mathematics
and arts. We are looking for presentations of artistic objects that
include mathematical components and put a focus on the imparting of this
underlying mathematics. Furthermore, the talks can explore mathematical
themes that invite discussions of their illustrations and the embodied
artistic value.

As the mathematics component cannot be self-explanatory to the
lay-person, the minisymposium aims to present works that make it
explicit. For instance, geometric patterns and constructions can be an
invitation to explore deeper mathematics, but the talk should clearly
indicate how the recipient is brought into contact with mathematics via
the artwork. Furthermore, we are looking for contributions that provide
an educational opportunity for the observer. It should not only be
learned that an artwork includes mathematics in general, but what
specific mathematical elements it represents or captures. In this sense,
an exemplary learning outcome would be not only that Escher's works
include mathematics, but that they include elements of the wallpaper
group as well as an understanding of what this means. Finally, we are
looking for illustrations of mathematical ideas, concepts, and objects
that carry not only the underlying mathematics, but also an artistic value.

We aim to cover a variety of topics centered around the inclusion of
mathematics in different art forms like painting, sculpture,
architecture, textiles, or music. Moreover, we aim to address uses of
these combinations for example in high school and university teaching or
in outreach projects directed at the general public.

The official language of the minisymposium will be English. Each talk
will be given 20 minutes plus an additional 5 minutes for questions. To
propose a talk, please send an abstract of 1,000 to 1,500 characters
(including spaces) and an illustrating picture, a link to a video, or
some other supporting material to by March 31st.

Selected authors will be invited to extend their abstracts to full
articles that will be published as a collection in the peer-reviewed
online journal "w/k". Find here a compilation of articles originating
from the 2020 rendition of the minisymposium.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

We are looking forward to your proposals,
Milena Damrau and Martin Skrodzki

Important Dates:

Deadline for Talk Proposals: March 31st
Acceptance Notification: tba
Registration Deadline: tba
Conference: Berlin, Germany, 12. - 16. September (Minisymposium also
accessible online)
Notification for articles selected for publication: tba
Dr. Martin Skrodzki
Twitter: @msmathcomp
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