Memory, Cognition, Literature Workshop

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Jamia Millia Islamia University

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 6PM India time on 9 November. Workshop timings are from 12 PM till 5 PM 10-12 November 2021 IST. 


All workshop participants will receive certificates.