Guest lecture Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Sunday 20 January 2019, 16:30 - 18:30 hrs.
DAS Graduate School
Overhoeksplein 2
1031 KS Amsterdam

On 20 January we organise a guest lecture by Natascha Sadr Haghighian.

How to spell the fight

Making string figures is a universal practice that goes back to the prehistory of humankind. While anthropologists and ethnologists in the beginning of the 20th century considered them “prelogical”, the interdisciplinary ethnomathematics, founded in the 1970s, looks at them as a visuospatial mathematical activity. In oral societies, practices of weaving and pattern making are looked at as mathematics. 

How to Spell the Fight follows a thread that has been running through our fingers from centuries past till the present day – morphing from the tangible string figures that joined our hands in childhood, to the more elusive computational threads that engage our fingers today.


Attendance is free, but seating is limited. So we have a first-come, first-serve policy. Reserve your place with an email to: You will receive a confirmation when your name is added to the list.