Call for Papers

Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS)
Online Training Workshop

In association with the Centre for Memory Studies, IIT Madras; Centre for Continuining Education (CCE) IIT Madras; and the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia University

“Memory, Cognition, Literature”

November 9-12, 2021

Deadline: October 15, 2021

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 examine din 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 complex vectors informing memory and cognition, including medical states and technology, and will thus draw on a number of disciplinary interests.

The workshop invites 250-word abstracts (with brief bio notes) on topics including, but not limited to “memory, cognition, and…”

  • Affect
  • Machines
  • Medical conditions
  • (Mis)representations
  • Medium of fiction
  • Materiality
  • Social action
  • Critical theory
  • Production of identities

All abstracts and enquiries should be emailed to Deadline is October 15, 2021. Selected participants will be notified by October 22, 2021.