Conversation on Memory: Literature, Neuroscience, History
November 19, 2013 • 6:30-8PM
Columbia University, CESPR Shapiro Center, Davis Auditorium
- Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, and author of A Princely Impostor? and The Black Hole of Empire
- Joseph LeDoux, Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science, and professor of neuroscience and psychology, New York University, and author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self
- Orhan Pamuk, Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, and author of The Museum of Innocence and Istanbul, and creator of the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul
- Carol Gluck (moderator), George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Language and Cultures
This discussion brought together path-breaking voices from three different disciplines to explore the ways in which we understand, think about and study the past. It inaugurated the new CGT Signature Research Initiative, Memory in Global Context: The Politics of Difficult Pasts, which examines the politics and culture of public memory by bringing together scholars of memory from the social sciences and humanities, cognitive science and neuroscience, and curators of historical and memorial museums.