Midwest Memory Mayhem – “A One-Day Integrative Workshop for Scientists and Philosophers”

February 21, 2020
8:15 am - 6:30 pm
Somers Family Hall 216 (Danforth Campus)

“A One-Day Integrative Workshop for Scientists and Philosophers”

This workshop explores focused topics at the intersection of the philosophy and psychology of human memory. With short talks in focused sessions, the aim is to generate new ways of bringing these literatures into conversation with one another. On one hand, we ask: “How can philosophy help to clarify or resolve conceptual problems in psychology?” On the other, we ask “How can psychology inform philosophical theorizing about human action, knowledge, and responsibility?”

We hope that you will join us.

Please register for the workshop.

More information can be found at the Midwest Memory Mayhem webpage.


Breakfast: 8:15-9:00am

Welcome and Introduction: 8:45am

Session 1: 9:00-10.30am “Narrative, Truth and Identity in Personal and Cultural Remembrance”

  • Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois, Chicago)
  • James Wertsch (Washington University in St. Louis)

Session 2: 10:45am-12:15pm Are memories stored in the brain? Do we need an Engram?”

  • Sarah Robins (Kansas University)
  • Yadin Dudai (NYU; Weizmann Institute)

Session 3: 1:15-2:45pm “Memory, Metacognition, and Weakness of Will”

  • Janet Metcalfe (Columbia University)
  • Julia Hass (Rhodes College)

Session 4: 3:00-4:30pm“Why Do We Remember? Evolutionary Perspectives”

  • Johannes Mahr (Harvard University)
  • Pascal Boyer (WashU Anthropology)

Session 5: 4:45-6:15pm“Epistemic and Metaphysical Implications of the Observer Perspective in Memory”

  • Chris McCarroll (Grenoble)
  • Heather Rice (WashU Psychological & Brain Sciences)

For inquiries contact Rachel Dunaway.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis