Memory, Cognition, Literature Workshop

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November 9, 2021 to November 12, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Humanities, Literature

Memory, Cognition, Literature

An Interdisciplinary workshop by Centre for Memory Studies, IIT Madras, in association with the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) IIT Madras, Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS), and Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia University

9-12 November 2021

Faculty coordinators

Dr. Avishek Parui and Dr. Merin Simi Raj
Centre for Memory Studies IIT Madras

Professor Simi Malhotra
Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia

Keynote Speakers   

Astrid Erll (Goethe University, Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform)
Fritz Breithaupt (Indiana University Bloomington)
Alexander Easton and Simon James (Durham University)

This interdisciplinary workshop aims to examine the entanglements of memory, cognition, and literature in their respective representational, affective, and social-discursive dimensions. While memory will be read as an act of encoding which also constitutes erasure, shaping private and collective experiences, cognition will be studied as an activity that is embedded as well as extended and enactive in quality. The medium of literature and fiction will be examined in this workshop as a liminal space-time between reality and possibility, one which can accommodate and articulate ambivalence and, in the process, foreground the interplay between memory and forgetting, cognition and mis-cognition, informing as well as re-forming selves and their social identities. The workshop also aims to study the other complex vectors informing memory and cognition, including medical states and technology, and will thus draw on a number of disciplinary interests including medical humanities, cognitive and clinical psychology, philosophy of mind, machine studies, critical theory, posthumanism, and memory studies.   

The workshop invites 250-word abstracts (with brief bio notes) on topics including, but not limited to

  • Memory, cognition, and affect
  • Memory, cognition, and critical theory
  • Memory, cognition, and machines
  • Memory, cognition, and materiality
  • Memory, cognition, and medical conditions
  • Memory, cognition, and the medium of fiction
  • Memory, cognition, and (mis)representation
  • Memory, cognition, and production of identities
  • Memory, cognition, and social action

All abstracts and enquiries should be emailed to

The last dates for submission of abstracts is 15 October 2021.

Selected participants will be notified by 22 October 2021.

Selected participants will need to register through an online payment of INR 3000 or 40 USD by 30 October 2021, details of which will be shared subsequent to selection.

Registered participants will be given joining details for the workshop.

The workshop will be formally inaugurated through a launch event at 6 PM IST on 9 November 2021. Workshop timings are from 12 Noon till 5 PM IST 10-12 November 2021.

All workshop participants will receive certificates.