Rahim Moosa, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo
This term some of us will be working through sections 2 and 3 (and maybe 4?) of a recent paper of Bakker-Brunebarbe-Tsimerman in which a definable version of Serre's GAGA is developed (and then applied to solve an old problem of Griffiths). It is a kind of compromise between algebraic geometry and local complex analytic geometry facilitated by model theory (it seems to involve very little of the last).
In this first meeting I will introduce the notions of "structure" and "o-minimality" on the reals, as background preparation for starting to read the paper.