Memory & Consciousness: Philosophical & Phenomenological Perspectives workshop

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Programme released for “Memory and Consciousness: Philosophical and Phenomenological Perspectives” at Jean Nicod Institute (Paris, France) on 15 May 2023.

The organisers are pleased to announce the programme of the workshop “Memory and Consciousness: Philosophical and Phenomenological Perspectives” at the Jean Nicod Institute (Paris, France) on the 15th of May, 2023.

Analysis of the phenomenological qualities of memory has been part of the philosophical debate since Tulving (1985) described memory in terms of different forms of consciousness in a phenomenological taxonomy. However, philosophers of memory have paid little attention to phenomenological studies on consciousness, which historically have investigated the essential structures of experience. On the other hand, in the last few decades, the philosophy of memory has exponentially progressed in analyzing the cognitive mechanisms involved in memory. This workshop aims to shed light on memory experience by bringing phenomenologists and philosophers of memory together in dialogue for mutual benefit.

9:15 – 9:30 Welcome
9:30 – 10:20 Dorothée Legrand (CNRS, École normale supérieure). Language: an immemorial memory of the world
10:20 – 10:50 Nikola Andonowski (Centre for Philosophy of Memory, Université Grenoble Alpes). Between systems and experience: A dilemma for philosophical accounts of autonoetic consciousness
10:50 – 11:05 coffee break
11:05 – 11:35 Giulia Andreini (IULM University). Investigating the Existential Nature of Memory: Merleau-Ponty’s Account of Dreaming
11:35 – 12:25 Markus Werning (Ruhr University of Bochum). Episodic and vicarious memories – A difference in kind?
12:25 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:50 Michel Bitbol (CNRS, Husserl Archive). Consciousness and Memory: A phenomenological and micro-phenomenological standpoint
14:50 – 15:20 James Openshaw (Centre for Philosophy of Memory, Université Grenoble Alpes/ Ruhr University of Bochum). Experiential remembering is not remembering experiences
15:20 – 15:35 coffee break
15:35 – 16:05 Nathalia de Avila (University of Cologne). Enacting unconsciousness in embodied emotional remembering
16:05 – 16:35 Alfredo Vernazzani (Ruhr University of Bochum). Memory and seeing-as experiences
16:35 – 17:25 Francesca Righetti (Ruhr University of Bochum). Embodied resonance in episodic memory


This workshop has been organized by Francesca Righetti (University of Bochum), Valeria Giardino and Jerome Dokic (Jean Nicod Institute) and supported by John Sutton (Institut d’Etudes Avancees de Paris). The organization runs together and in collaboration with the workshop “Memory, Place and Material Culture”, which will occur on the 16th and 17th of May, organized by John Sutton at the Institut d’Etudes Avancees de Paris. If you are interested in attending the workshop “Memory, Place and Material Culture”, you can find the programme and register here: