Archive for the ‘HPM Chair’ Category

Welcome to Newsletter 95!

One of the fascinating aspects of leading an “academic life” is the diversity of individuals with whom I come into contact.  Indeed, non-academics have this same experience, but I find that in meeting and engaging with so many different people that I am challenged to think differently about a range of issues – and I know that I grow because of it.  And, this notion has been on my mind quite a bit lately, as I have been living and working in Germany – whose academic system is quite different from that in my small corner of the world in Tallahassee, Florida.  Still, I would like to think that the experiences I have had and the students, colleagues, and new friends I have met this summer will inevitably help me to be a better scholar, colleague, and friend.

Why am I rambling on about this?  While working at the University of Siegen, I have had the pleasure to teach a reading course on “History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education” – and during that course I feel like many of my HPM friends have been there in the course with me and my 15 students.  We have read articles by Abraham Arcavi and his colleagues, Adriano Demattè, Michael N. Fried, Uffe Thomas Jankvist, David Pengelleny, and Man-Keung Siu.  We have accessed excerpts and materials by Michael Glaubitz, Iris Gulikers and Klaske Blom, Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen and her colleagues, Peter Ransom, and Costas Tzanakis.  Throughout the course, my students have impressed me with their struggle to learn about another aspect of their chosen profession: the potential for history of mathematics to inform their future teaching.  Yet, it is also quite clear to me that I would not be able to share this dimension of mathematics education with my students if it were not for the HPM community – of scholars and practitioners alike – and all that it affords in not just my scholarly work, but in my work with students.

It is my hope then, as you read about the numerous HPM-related activities taking place over the next year that are highlighted in this newsletter, that you consider ways in which you can add to our community.  In particular, I bring to your attention the 8th European Summer University on History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education (ESU-8), which will take place in Oslo, Norway from 20 – 24 July 2018.  One of the aims of the ESUs is “to give the opportunity to mathematics teachers, educators and researchers to share their teaching ideas and classroom experience related to this perspective.”  I highlight this aim (of the three; see the announcement of ESU-8 in this newsletter) because it is again part of my psyche this summer: sharing teaching ideas, or at least the potential for a variety of ways in which history of mathematics might be used by classroom teachers, with my students this summer would not have been possible without my own participation in meetings / conferences such as the ESUs, and all that I have learned from them over the last decade.  I encourage you to consider submitting a proposal for this important meeting, in which you can share your ideas (and, if appropriate, outcomes of research you have conducted on the implementation of those ideas in practice).

With regard to other HPM business, I hope to attend to several HPM Group matters in the coming months. (I am – as usual – woefully behind!)  These include:

  1. Contacting those of you who were involved in the research dossier work during Luis Radford’s term as Chair, to determine how we might move forward on that initiative for those who are interested.
  2. Summarizing and communicating the Advisory Board members’ discussion of a proposal to create an HPM Journal (proposed by Evelyne Barbin and David Pengelley).
  3. Creating an ad hoc committee of Advisory Board members interested in helping me to facilitate a “Practitioner’s Corner” feature of the HPM Newsletter (see NL 94 for an example).

Also, please join me in recognizing the inaugural members of the newly-established Honorary Advisory Board (HAdB):

Abraham Arcavi Abdellah El Idrissi

Hans Niels Jahnke

Manfred Kronfellner

Chris Weeks

I thank these colleagues for their service to the HPM community, and for their time on the HPM Advisory Board!

In closing, I ask for your support and active participation in the activities of HPM.  If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please let me know (

Kathy Clark

HPM Chair

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida, USA


Welcome to Newsletter 94!  Here in Florida we have been completely entrenched in all things “spring” – though this is easy to do since we did not experience any version of a season that resembled winter.  In reality, I cannot believe it is already March, as my “To Do” list stays perpetually filled with things I should have already completed – like NL 94!


That aside, it really has been a busy year already.  There are several HPM-related activities that have taken place or that are onging, and many of them are described or advertised in this installment of the HPM newsletter.  In my comments below, I mention two additional items which are not included in separate annoucements that you will read about in this newsletter.  As well, I would like to update you on the evolving structure of the HPM Group.


First, approximately 25 colleagues participated in the Thematic Working Group (12 TWG 12), “History in Mathematics Education,” at CERME 10 (1-5 February 2017, Dublin, Ireland).  Included in the seven ‘working sessions’ at the conference were presentations on 16 papers and 2 posters, which you can find in their pre-converence form here:  Additionally, Michèle Artigue and Uffe Thomas Jankvist led participants in a discussion of the forthcoming ERME chapter on TWG 12 (


In reflecting on CERME 10 I was reminded that working in the field of history in / of mathematics education energizes me in two ways.  In the one sense, I enjoy coming together and seeing familiar faces and reconnecting with them about shared ideas and further following their work.  On the other, I am energized by the newcomers (not necessarily new to the field, but perhaps new to the HPM community or activities) whom I get to meet and to learn about the exciting work and scholarship taking place around the world. I believe the working group activities were well received by participants of TWG 12, and I thank Renaud Chorlay (France) and Katalin Gosztonyi (Hungary) for their leadership during the working group at CERME 10.


Secondly, I wanted to make sure that I reminded you all that the International HPM Group is an affiliated study group of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), which is an official commission of the International Mathematics Union (IMU).  The ICMI leadership encourages members of the affiliated study groups to remain informed by subscribing to the ICMI News.  You can read more about the ICMI News here: (and at the bottom of the page you will find directions for subscribing to the ICMI News).



Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the shape of the formal operating structure of the HPM Group.  Over the past several months I have been in contact with Advisory Board members and the previous Executive Committee (2012-2016), and after conducting a vote of the Advisory Board members I have established the Executive Committee for the 2016-2020 term and updated the Advisory Board membership.  I have also established an Honorary Advisory Board (HAdB), but at the time of this writing I am still waiting to hear back from all of the inaugural invitees.  Consequently, I hope to announce the first HAdB in the July newsletter (NL 95).


You will find the updated Advisory Board at the end of this newsletter (pp. 26), and I hope that you will join me in welcoming three new members:

Michael N. Fried (Israel),

Helder Pinto (Portugal), and

Leo Rogers (UK).


The Executive Committee (ExC) for the 2016-2020 term is:

Évelyne Barbin (France), Fulvia Furinghetti (Italy), Uffe Thomas Jankvist (Denmark), Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (Denmark), and

Costas Tzanakis (Greece).


I should also state that for the next major HPM-related conference activities (ESU-8, HPM 2020, and ICME-14), there were will be additional ExC members who will serve as liasons to the Group (for example, Bjørn Smestad will serve in this capacity for ESU-8).



As I write this, I realize I have much to learn and to do to serve the HPM Group in the best way possible.  One of the reasons I asked the Advisory Board to vote on five members to comprise the Executive Committee was because I felt I needed additional assistance in learning about how best to serve the HPM community.  The Advisory Board is also a vital component of informing and guiding the Chair and the HPM Group, and consistent and timely participation is a critical contribution of an Advisory Board member.  There are exciting decisions that need to be made in the coming months, related to the smooth running of ESU-8, as well as to begin planning for HPM 2020.  I ask for your support in these activities, and welcome your comments and active participation.



Kathy Clark

HPM Chair

Florida State University, USA

Dear colleagues and friends of HPM,


Greetings and welcome to Newsletter 93 of the HPM Group! I have assisted with the Newsletter for several years now, but this is the first time I need to address the whole group in an explicit way – so I ask for your forgiveness for my first attempt at a communication of this type.


First, I would like to thank Luis Radford for his service to the HPM community, as chair of the HPM Group for the last four years.  I also wish to thank the members of the Advisory Board, the members of the Executive Committee, the Newsletter editors and distributors (especially to Helder Pinto for formatting contributions from all over the world into such an inviting format), and the friends and colleagues of the community for all the work, interactions, and contributions made over the last four years. Being a participant in this community (for just about 12 years now) has been one of the most professionally satisfying aspects of my career, and I am grateful to be a part of it.



Since I am late in getting this message to Helder so that the November 2016 newsletter can be distributed, I will not introduce myself at great length. Here is a short summary of who I have been as a mathematics educator (broadly) and one who is interested in how history and pedagogy of mathematics belongs in mathematics education.


Many of you know me in my post-Ph.D. life; however, I lived another life in mathematics education before I became an active member in the HPM Group. I taught high school mathematics from 1987 to 2001 and in 2001 I was awarded an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, and as part of that fellowship, I served on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, advising legislators in matters of educational policy.  During that one-year fellowship, I realized that I knew very little about the education profession, and I decided that I should pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education to rectify that. However, just before leaving the classroom, I became involved with The Institute for the History of Mathematics and its use in Teaching, and through that work – as a high school mathematics teacher field testing modules from what would become the Historical Modules (Katz & Michalowicz, 2004) – I met Victor Katz and the first stone in my path to a Ph.D., as well as my future academic career, was set.


I completed my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education specialization) at the University of Maryland College Park, and Victor Katz continued to be a strong influence in my work there (including serving on my dissertation committee). Victor was also the first to bring such conferences as ICME and the HPM satellite meeting to my attention.  I attended my first ICME meeting in 2004 (ICME 10, Copenhagen) but due to lack of funding, I was unable to attend HPM that year. Since 2004, however, I have attended two ICMEs, three HPMs, three ESUs, and three CERMEs.


I moved to Tallahassee, Florida in 2006 and because of the pre-service teacher education program that was in place at FSU when I first began, I was able to engage in work that I am still very much interested in: investigating (problematizing?) the role that history of mathematics plays in teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching.


My work at FSU has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years, and as a result, I have needed to diversify and expand my interests about the role of history of mathematics in mathematics teaching and learning.  I am excited to be involved with two efforts – both since 2015. In the first, I have been working with colleagues from the University of Siegen (Ingo Witze, Gero Stoffels) and the University of Cologne (Horst Struve) on a project in which a seminar based on the historical development of a particular branch of mathematics (geometry, in one case) is used to address the transition problem faced by university students preparing to teach mathematics (the transition from school to university mathematics, in particular). In the second effort, a team of mathematicians is developing and testing primary source projects (PSPs) for use in undergraduate mathematics classrooms. One goal of the project (TRIUMPHS: Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources; is to conduct research on the implementation of the PSPs, and the five-year project promises to contribute a variety of outcomes, perspectives, and classroom materials.


Of course, without a community like the HPM Group, many of us would not know the potential for such work and collaboration around the world.  HPM 2016 and ICME13 provided two venues in which to meet and engage others interested in the various HPM domains. Taken from the HPM Group’s website: The HPM Group seeks to [combine] the history of mathematics with the teaching and learning of mathematics, …[and] HPM is the link between the past and the future of mathematics.  Therefore, the group aims at stressing the conception of mathematics as a living science, a science with a long history, a vivid present and an as yet unforeseen future.


This is the work we engage in – along many paths and from many perspectives. It was so lovely to interact with colleagues with whom I share a “kindred spirit” in both academic work and personal interests, and to meet new friends and colleagues.  I hope to see at future HPM meetings and conferences.  If HPM 2016 or ICME 13 were the first for you: welcome to the HPM community.  If you were motivated and enthused by the people, places, and work that you met there, I sincerely hope that you will consider joining us at the European Summer University 8 (ESU8) in Oslo, Norway in 2018.  Or, perhaps you have a paper or poster you will present at CERME10 in Dublin, Ireland in February 2017; if so, I look forward to seeing you there.  Or, perhaps you are interested in the several meetings that will take place in other parts of the world (see this newsletter for details of such meetings and events).  In any and all of these cases, I hope that you will contribute just as much as you take away: this is certainly the group for which this is highly possible.


In the next Newsletter, I will revisit initiatives that have carried over from Luis’ Chairship, including revisiting the “research dossiers.”  Additionally, I will be working with the existing Advisory Board to establish the Executive Committee for this term (2016-2020).  In the meantime, please contact me if you have questions, concerns, ideas, etc. – and I will try to address them to the best of my ability (and if I am unable, then the Executive Committee and Advisory Board can certainly assist me in doing so).  Finally, I thank the Newsletter distributors for their work in disseminating the Newsletters to interested folks around the globe.  We may be in need of folks to help us in this work, so please stay tuned for invitations in this regard!


Kathy Clark

HPM Chair

Florida State University, USA

Dear colleagues and friends of HPM,

The past few months have been a busy time for HPM and its diverse committees. We have been getting ready for our ninth quadrennial satellite meeting, HPM 2016, which will take place in Montpellier from July 18 to July 22, 2016. The HPM scientific committee has worked very hard to prepare the scientific program, while the local committee has done tremendous work to prepare the participants’ venue.


  1. HPM 2016 Program

The HPM 2016 program will soon be available on the conference website ( In the meantime, to give you an idea, let me mention that at the end of the day on Monday 18 July (after a plenary session, some oral and poster presentations and workshops) Christian Gerini will present a Public Conference on Joseph-Diez Gergonne. The conference will be followed by a reception at the Montpellier Town Hall. Tuesday, Panel 1 will take place after a plenary conference. At the end of the day, the schedule features a Thematic Presentation, in which K. Clark, T. H. Kjeldsen, S. Schorcht, C. Tzanakis, and X. Wang will present a study about recent developments in the History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education. Their presentation includes a discussion with the audience about new trends in HPM research lines.


There are three Discussion Groups in the schedule: two will take place Tuesday and one Discussion Group will take place Thursday. As you may recall, the Discussion Groups are a novelty in the HPM satellite meetings. The idea is to open a space for discussion and exchange among the participants. Such a discussion space is also meant to be a space for connection between the new generation of HPM researchers and those who participate regularly in HPM activities.


Wednesday’s schedule features two plenary sessions in the morning. The afternoon is reserved for excursion time and participants have different choices for exploring Montpellier and its history. The day will finish with a gala dinner at the seaside.


Gavin Hitchcock’s Dramatic Presentation celebrating Joseph Gergonne will take place on Thursday. Panel 2 will take place on Friday.


Gavin’s Dramatic Presentation deals with some entities that claim to be numbers and to do so, they resort to a geometric alibi. The Dramatic Presentation includes historical celebrities such as Jean-Robert Argand, Joseph Gergonne, François J. Servois, and Adrien-Marie Legendre. Needless to say, we are in the process of recruiting actors for the Dramatic Presentation from among the HPM 2016 participants.


  1. Proceedings of HPM 2016

The Proceedings of the HPM 2016 Meeting will be available before the conference. The papers are in the final stage of the editing process.


3. HPM Presentation at ICME-13

HPM has two Topic Study Groups at ICME-13: TSG 24: History of the teaching and learning of mathematics (Co-chairs: Fulvia Furinghetti and Alexander Karp), and TSG 25: The Role of History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education (Co-chairs: Costas Tzanakis and Xiaoqin Wang).

As usual, like all other ICMI Affiliate Groups, HPM will have a presentation at ICME-13. This presentation will take place on Saturday 30 July 2016, 16:30-18:00. You are cordially invited to join TSG24 and TSG25 and our Affiliate Group Presentation.


  1. HPM Digital Library

One of the projects that I had planned to carry out during my term as the chair of HPM was the creation of the HPM Digital Library. As you may recall, the Library is hosted on an ICMI server:


I am glad to report that two new proceedings have been sent to ICMI. They will be added shortly. The proceedings are:

History and epistemology in mathematics education. Proceedings of the 5th European Summer University (Evelyne Barbin, Naďa Stehlíková, Constantinos Tzanakis, eds.), 2008.

History and epistemology in mathematics education. Proceedings of the 7th European Summer University (Evelyne Barbin, Uffe Thomas Jankvist, Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen, eds.), 2015.

I thank the proceeding editors for agreeing to add the proceedings to our Digital Library.

We are finalizing the digital edition of the HPM 2000 Proceedings. These proceedings, as well as the HPM 2016 Proceedings, will also be added to the HPM Digital Library.

  1. New HPM Chair

HPM Chairs are elected for a period of four years. My term as the HPM Chair ends in July 2016. The Chair and the HPM Executive Committee (made up of the three previous HPM Chairs: Evelyne Barbin [HPM Chair 2008-2012], Constantinos Tzanakis [HPM Chair 2004-2008], and Fulvia Furinghetti [HPM Chair 2000-2004]) organized the election of the new Chair. The voting members were the members of the HPM Advisory Board. It is my great pleasure to announce that Kathy Clark has been elected the HPM Chair for 2016-2020.


Kathy is an Associate Professor at the School of Teacher Education, Florida State University, and has been involved in many HPM activities. For instance, she was a team member of the Topic Study Group 25 (TSG 25) of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12). She was also a co-organizer of the Discussion Group 5 (DG5) of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12) and is one of the Discussion Group Coordinators of “History of Mathematics in Teachers’ Education” of HPM 2016. She is a current member of the HPM Advisory Board and a HPM Newsletter Co-Editor. Kathy was Secretary of the HPM – Americas Section (HPM – Americas; 2011–2013). I congratulate Kathy on having been elected as our new Chair and wish her well. Undoubtedly, our group is in very good hands.


Luis Radford

HPM Chair

Université Laurentienne, Canada

U. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

HPM Chair Message

Dear colleagues,

In this edition of the HPM Newsletter, I would like to provide an update on our forthcoming 2016 HPM Satellite Meeting of the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME).

As you might know, our Satellite Meeting will take place in Montpellier, from July 18 to July 22, 2016.

The host of the Satellite Meeting is the Faculty of Education of the Université de Montpellier:
2 place Marcel Godechot – BP 4152

We are pleased to inform you that registration is now open.
If you want to take advantage of the early registration rate, please register before April 29, 2016.

A public conference has been added to our scientific program.

The subject of the conference is mathematician Joseph Diaz Gergonne who was the editor of what came to be one of the most important mathematical journals of his time—Annales de mathématiques pures et appliquées, founded in 1810. The public conference will be given by Professor Christian Gerini. Commenting on the 19th century mathematician, Gerini notes that “Gergonne was a leading representative of the relationship between mathematics, history and pedagogy.”
On the social side of the 2016 HPM Satellite Meeting, you will find on the conference web page ( information about several excursions and a gala dinner.

The HPME 2016 Scientific Committee and the Local Committee are working hard to ensure a conference of the best scientific quality in a Mediterranean environment that is steeped in history.

I hope to see you all in Montpellier this summer.

Luis Radford
HPM Chair
Université Laurentienne, Canada
Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

Dear colleagues,

In this edition of the HPM Newsletter, I would like to provide an update on our forthcoming 2016 HPM Satellite Meeting of the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME).

The HPM Scientific Committee and the HPM Advisory Board have been working together with the Montpellier Local Committee to establish the scientific program of the 2016 ICME HPM Satellite Meeting. As announced in a previous HPM Newsletter, the 2016 ICME HPM Satellite Meeting will be held in Montpellier, France, from July 18 to July 22, 2016.

I am glad to report that the scientific program has been finalized. It includes plenary lectures, discussion groups, panels, workshops, research presentations, and posters. Below, you will find a summary.


Plenary Conferences

Original sources in the classroom and their educational effects

Renaud Chorlay

ESPÉ de l’académie de Paris, France

Mathematics in Mediterranean countries: The Andalusia and Maghreb connection

Ahmed Djebbar

Université de Lille, France

The mathematical cultures of medieval Europe

Victor J. Katz

Professor Emeritus, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, USA

Formative years: Hans Freudenthal in prewar Amsterdam

Harm Jan Smid

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Mathematics and physics: An innermost relationship

Some didactical implications for their interdisciplinary teaching and learning

Constantinos Tzanakis

University of Crete, Greece

Integrating the history of mathematics into mathematics teaching: Some experience from China

Wang Xiaoqin

Shanghai, China


Discussion Groups

Discussion Group 1: Geometry

Coordinators: Evelyn Barbin (France) and Leo Rogers (UK)

Discussion Group 2: History of mathematics in teachers’ education

Coordinators: Kathy Clark (USA) and Sebastian Schorcht (Germany)

Discussion Group 3: Original sources in the teaching and learning of mathematics 

Coordinators: Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (Denmark) and Janet Barnett (USA)



Panel 1: Theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks for integrating history in mathematics education

Michael Fried, Coordinator (Israel)

David Guillemette (Canada)

Niels Jahnke (Germany)

Panel 2: Mathematics in Mediterranean countries

Marc Moyon, Coordinator (France)

Mahdi Abdeljaouad (Tunisia)

Eva Caianiello (France and Italy)


The scientific committee has received a considerable number of workshop, research presentation, and poster submissions.

The program promises a thrilling and interesting international conference. I would like to thank the members of the scientific committee, the advisory board, and the local committee for their dedicated work.

I hope to see you all in Montpellier next year.

Luis Radford

HPM Chair

Université Laurentienne, Canada

Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

Dear colleagues,

I would like to take advantage of this newsletter to let you know that the preparation of our 2016 HPM conference is in its way.

As you may know, the 2016 HPM conference will be held in Montpellier France.

I have been working very closely with the local organizing committee, headed by Anne Cortella, new director of the IREM de Montpellier, and Thomas Hausberger, a member of the IREM de Montpellier.

Thomas’ research interests include number theory, history, philosophy and sociology of sciences, and education. Anne’s research interests include group theory, rings and algebras, and algebraic geometry.

A scientific committee will be in place very soon. More information on this will be provided in the next HPM Newsletter.

2016 HPM Dates:

The dates of the 2016 HPM conference are 18 – 22 July 2016. Please put the dates on your calendar!

Luis Radford

Université Laurentienne, Canada