Pulling the Heavens Down to Earth: A Conversation with S. Prashant Kumar

Join us to explore how astronomy, math, and more are embedded in political contexts, cultural practices, and forms of labor.

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S. Prashant Kumar
Nov 06

About the Event

Mathematics and astronomy are often taught as packaged universal truths, independent of time and context. Their history is assumed to be one of revelations and discoveries, beginning with the Greeks and reaching final maturity in modern Europe. This narrative has been roundly critiqued for decades, but the work of rewriting these histories has only just begun.

Join us for a conversation with S. Prashant Kumar, Postdoctoral Researcher at UChicago's Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, to explore the growing literature on the history of mathematics and astronomy in regions which now make up the global south. We will examine how mathematical and astronomical knowledge conjoined and how both were embedded in political contexts, cultural practices, and forms of labor.

The conversation will preview Kumar's forthcoming winter quarter class in the Graham School's open enrollment program.

Who's Speaking

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S. Prashant Kumar

S. Prashant Kumar

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute on the Formation of Knowledge