To finish the AHRC and Wellcome Trust-funded The Memory Network with a flourish, they are organising a major international conference, The Story of Memory, on 4 and 5 September, 2014.

The conference poses new questions about the relationship between the senses, cognition, memory, and emotion, and explores the return to a critical investigation of storytelling in the twenty-first century.

The conference will showcase a group of keynote speakers that reflects the cross-disciplinary spirit of the project: Yale’s noted cognitive psychologist Paul Bloom will talk about the relationship between the senses and memory, narratologist Mark Currie (Queen Mary) will speak on memory and temporality; cognitive psychologist Martijn Meeter (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) will provide a provocative thesis on narrative interventions in trauma; and anthropologist Jamie Tehrani (Durham) will talk about his novel approach to folk tales.

In conjunction with the conference, The Memory Network is also organising a literary festival on 6 September headlined by Ian McEwan, who will be in conversation with Paul Bloom. The MIT neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin, author of Permanent Present Tense, will give us a unique tour through the life and brain of the amnesiac H.M. Other participants include A. L. Kennedy, Naomi Alderman and Anna Stothard. Further names will be announced soon.

Please visit The Memory Network website for more information.