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Mathematics Education and Life at Times of Crisis

Volos 7-12/4/2017

The MES 9 Conference is a forum for discussing the social, political, cultural and ethical dimensions of mathematics education. The Conference aims to bring together mathematics educators from around the world to disseminate research that explores these dimensions of mathematics education, to discuss theoretical and methodological issues related to this type of research, to foster international co-operation in the field, and to develop a strong research community interested in these dimensions. The residential nature of the conference, in which all participants reside at the same venue, is a key feature of MES conferences and is designed to encourage the development of such an interactional community. Following previous conferences that took place in Nottingham (UK, 1998), Montechoro (Portugal, 2000), Helsingør (Denmark, 2002), Gold Coast (Australia, 2004), Albufeira (Portugal, 2008), Berlin (Germany, 2010), Cape Town (South Africa, 2013) and Portland, Oregon (United States, 2015) we are now pleased to announce the 9th Mathematics Education and Society Conference (MES 9) in Volos, Greece. The MES 9 conference theme is: “Mathematics Education and Life at Times of Crisis”
The economic and political crisis worldwide affects all aspects of life including the ways people, and especially children and adolescents experience and imagine mathematics education. Mathematics, as part of life, is embedded and embodied within a variety of social institutions such as the family, the school, the playground, the place of leisure or the workplace. Social and cultural diversities, global migration, the unequal distribution of wealth, the persistence of poverty, but also the depletion of nature and the devastation of the environment, along with increased pressures for technologically mediated societal infrastructures provide a complex territory that cannot be ignored by mathematics educators working in the tertiary level, the secondary or primary and, even in early education. At the same time crisis has its most serious effects when it works at the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, social class, economic disadvantage and sustainability risk. Within this context, it is essential to re-consider mathematics education, life, and crisis as entangled and to explore, on one hand, what are the effects of the socioeconomic crisis on mathematics and mathematics education, and, on the other hand, what might be the potentialities and disorders afforded by mathematics education and mathematics education research towards confronting crisis and pursuing a life, as a relational ontology of the present. Based on the above, we would welcome theoretical and empirical contributions in the form of papers, project presentations, symposia and posters, that address and problematize the social, political, and ethical dimensions of mathematics education and mathematics education research in our lives during the current times of crisis.