Ars Memoriae – Memory Studies Reading Group: Session 4
This new student-led reading group is an opportunity for graduate students and early career researchers to join us to discuss all aspects of memory studies and life-writing, from the personal to the political, the local to the transnational, within disciplines and without, the ordinary to the extraordinary. Ars Memoriae aims to promote and generate awareness about the growing discipline of memory studies while also recognising the pressing need to synthesise memory studies scholarship with purposeful cultural analysis.

Inspired by the Latin phrase ars memoriae, ‘the art of memory,’ our fortnightly reading group seeks to interrogate memory in all its forms while placing literary texts at the core of our conversations. As memories and the process of memory-making are fundamental to human existence, entering a dialogue with memory will inevitably require us to engage with pertinent questions of history, politics, sociology, psychology, and so on. While thinking outside the box is an essential aspect of critical inquiry today, the happening realm of memory studies, via its focus on memory, asks us a crucial question: What is a box, and do we really need one?

With literary texts and interdisciplinary scholarship that foreground memory in their discourse as our scaffolds, we, as a reading group, will think, discuss, and interrogate memory in all its forms. Our aim is also to facilitate the creation of a space where everyone can reflect on the role and place of memory in their own research and how it connects with contemporary issues of the world around us.

OCLW, in association with TORCH.
Date: 4 March 2024, 17:30 (Monday, 8th week, Hilary 2024)
Venue: Seminar Room 2
Speaker: Various Speakers
Organising department: Oxford Centre for Life-Writing
Organisers: TORCH (University of Oxford), Oxford Centre for Life Writing
Part of: Ars Memoriae – Memory Studies Reading Group
Booking required?: Not required
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Cost: Free
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Anna Senkiw