Current Controversies in Philosophy of Memory

The Centre for Philosophy of Memory (CPM), Université Grenoble Alpes, is pleased to announce an online conference entitled "Current Controversies in Philosophy of Memory", October 26-31, 2020.

The theme of the conference will foreshadow a book on Current Controversies in Philosophy of Memory, which is under contract with Routledge as part of their Current Controversies series.

The conference will take place on Zoom, and will focus on six central topics in the philosophy of memory. Each topic will be addressed by two speakers, followed by open discussion of the issues raised in the speakers' talks.

Please also note that we have scheduled in three virtual coffee breaks for more informal discussion and networking opportunities.

Registration is free, but please send an email to Chris McCarroll at chrismccarroll@hotmail.com to confirm your participation by 23rd October 2020.


October 26: What is the relationship between memory and imagination?

  • 15:00-15:50: Peter Langland-Hassan (University of Cincinnati)
  • 15:50-16:40: César Schirmer dos Santos (Federal University of Santa Maria)
  • 16:40-17:30: Open discussion
  • 17:30-18:00: Virtual coffee break

October 27: Do memory traces have content?

  • 09:00-09:50: John Sutton (Macquarie University)
  • 09:50-10:40: Daniel Hutto (University of Wollongong)
  • 10:40-11:30: Open discussion

October 28: What is the nature of mnemonic confabulation?

  • 15:00-15:50: Sven Bernecker (University of Cologne)
  • 15:50-16:40: Kourken Michaelian (Université Grenoble Alpes)
  • 16:40-17:30: Open discussion
  • 17:30-18:00: Virtual coffee break

October 29: What is the function of episodic memory?

  • 16:15-17:05: Johannes Mahr (Harvard University)
  • 17:05-17:55: Sarah Robins (University of Kansas)
  • 17:55-18:45: Open discussion

October 30: Do non-human animals have episodic memory?

  • 10:00-10:50: Ali Boyle (University of Cambridge/University of Bonn)
  • 10:50-11:40: Nazim Keven (Bilkent University)
  • 11:40-12:30: Open discussion
  • 12:30-13:00: Virtual coffee break

October 31: Does episodic memory give us knowledge of the past?

  • 17:00-17:50: Thomas D. Senor (University of Arkansas)
  • 17:50-18:40: Matthew Frise (Santa Clara University)
  • 18:40-19:30: Open discussion