Sara Hottinger Distinguished Lecture

Sara Hottinger, Dean of the Honors College at Coastal Carolina University, will speak on “The Discursive Construction of Gendered Subjectivity in Mathematics” March 7, 2-3:15 p.m., Hendrix Center McKissick Theater.

Abstract. There is a wide-spread awareness in our culture that women do not pursue careers in mathematics-related fields in equal numbers to men. Researchers have examined women’s experiences within the classroom and in professional settings in an effort to understand why and how young women become alienated from mathematics. The most recent manifestation of this work looks specifically at how gender and mathematics are co-constructed in ways that do not encourage women to see themselves as mathematicians. In Hottinger’s talk she examines the relationship between the construction of femininity and our cultural understanding of mathematics and then considers Danica McKeller’s best-selling mathematics primers for middle- and high-school girls. With content that reflects stereotypical femininity and a book design that echoes teen magazines, McKeller intends for her books to make mathematics more appealing to girls. In what way might McKellar’s books reinforce the cultural divide between femininity and mathematics? Or do these books create the possibility of multiple gendered subject positions in mathematics?

Dr. Hottinger conducts cultural studies of mathematics, feminist epistemology and science. She is the author of the book “Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics.” Her TIGERS ADVANCE lecture – sponsored by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and the Clemson Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics – will explore how our ideas about mathematics shape our individual and cultural relationship to the field. This lecture is open to faculty, staff, and students.

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