Mathematics, Colonization and Empire

Speaker: Tom Archibald, SFU

Date: Thu, Mar 4, 2021

Location: Online, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, PIMS, University of Victoria

Conference: PIMS-UVic Math Colloquium

Subject: Mathematics

Class: Scientific


Mathematics has been an important tool in various colonizing enterprises; and in the last 2 centuries the colonizing enterprise has often involved teaching mathematics to the new subjects of the imperial or colonial regime. In this rather informal discussion we will look at mathematics and mathematicians as instruments in this process, using examples from various time periods and places.