Conference / Meeting

Searching for Memory between the Mind and the World

28 August 2024
29 August 2024
30 August 2024
Laboratorio Interdipartimentale Memoria e Società (LIMS)
Target audience: 
Registration fee – Registration required
Registration deadline: 
30 June 2024, 12:00
Contact person: 
Giorgia Proietti - Thomas van de Putte
Contact details: 
Staff di Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia
0461 281788 - 282913

What is memory? Is it a function of the mind, the result of a socio-historical process, of developing cultural meanings, or of something else all together? Where is it to be found? And how can it be uncovered for research? Why should it be researched? Which interactions can be discerned between memory and history? And is the interdisciplinary study of memory a form of productive difference or oecumenic integration?

The LIMS - Interdepartmental Laboratory Memory and Society is pleased to announce its international conference, which will take place from August 28 until August 30, 2024 at the University of Trento. It will aim at fueling a debate about the possible intersections and convergences between cognitive, collective, cultural and historical approaches to memory in the humanities and social sciences. We believe that now is a timely moment to (re)formulate answers to the fundamental questions asked above. The field of memory studies is increasingly institutionalizing with its own association and dedicated journals, handbooks, networks, labs and research centers. It is highly necessary to return to the fundamental questions of the field and see if we have theoretically innovated while memory studies have been expanding and institutionalizing. At the same time, we believe that the theoretical, epistemological and methodological differences between cognitive, cultural and historical approaches will keep on informing the field moving forward. These differences need to be addressed and debated. By bringing scholars working within the respective traditions together in a series of roundtables and panels, this conference’s aim is to figure out
what the central debates are that move the field of memory studies, and what exactly the interdisciplinary conversation is in which memory studies scholars are engaged.

The conference is organized by Giorgia Proietti (Department of Humanities, University of Trento, giorgia.proietti [at] and Thomas Van de Putte (King’s College London, thomas.1.van_de_putte [at] Confirmed roundtable speakers are Berber Bevernage, Aline Cordonnier, Sarah Gensburger, Francesco Mazzucchelli, Wulf Kansteiner, Hannes Obermair, Jeffrey K. Olick, Valérie Rosoux, John Sutton, Jeremy Yamashiro.

The programme is available in the download box below.


60 euros 
Members of the University of Trento: free participation
NB: registration is mandatory for everybody

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