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Department of Cognitive Science

Memory Day 2014 Workshop

3-4 December 2014, Macquarie University, Sydney


Memory Day 2014 is the 7th workshop in a series hosted by Professor John Sutton, Professor Amanda Barnier, and Dr Celia Harris' Collective Cognition Team at the Department of Cognitive Science since 2007. The workshops have been funded by ARC Discovery Projects grants, the Department of Cognitive Science, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders since the inception of the series. In emerging international, national, and local collaborations, our group of researchers from across the Cognitive Science, Education, Ancient History, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Psychology departments at Macquarie University is focused on understanding the role of collaboratively remembering the past with others, including how such shared remembering is related to culture and history. This workshop will showcase researchers, projects, and new collaborations that focus on the intersection of individual and social memories, histories, and rituals. This workshop brings together researchers from across the University, Australia, and worldwide as both speakers and audience members to discuss Memory, History, Ritual: Personal and Social Perspectives, to synthesize our distinct backgrounds and to consolidate plans for ongoing collaborative research.


The conference will be held in Room 1.200 (Lecture Theatre) at the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, Australia.

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  • Professor Norman Brown, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • Professor Evelyn Tribble, University of Otago, New Zealand.
  • Professor Harvey Whitehouse, University of Oxford, England.

Macquarie University Speakers

  • Professor Amanda Barnier, Cognitive Science.
  • Professor Antonina Harbus (English)
  • Dr Kate Rossmanith, Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies.
  • Professor John Sutton, Cognitive Science.

There will also be a number of talks by Macquarie University HDR Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Early career Researchers.


Public Forum - "Ritual, Community, and Conflict"

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Professor Harvey Whitehouse, University of Oxford.

Professor Whitehouse will discuss evidence from field research and controlled psychological experiments being conducted all around the world in an effort to understand the impact of ritual participation on in-group cohesion and inter-group conflict. The role of ritual in contemporary conflict zones is being developed alongside the analysis of large datasets exploring the relationship between ritual, warfare, and group structure and scale over the millennia. These interdisciplinary projects are being undertaken by teams of anthropologists, psychologists, historians, archaeologists, and evolutionary theorists coordinated by the Ritual, Community, and Conflict Project at the University of Oxford.


Christopher McCarroll
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