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Plasticity, Chunking, and Implicit Collective Memory | Avishek Parui
IIT Gandhinagar

Plasticity, Chunking, and Implicit Collective Memory | Avishek Parui

Medical Humanities Colloquy 15 Speaker: Dr.Avishek Parui (PhD, Durham) Plasticity, Chunking, and Implicit Collective Memory: A convergence of memory studies and medical humanities This talk will draw on the notion of plasticity as a neural as well as an ontological/experiential condition as theorised by the neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux and the philosopher Catherine Malabou respectively and connect that to the notion of chunking also theorised by LeDoux and independently by the cognitive narratologist David Herman. The reading will then attempt to explore how the neural and the cultural coordinates of cognition and memory converge in complex theoretical readings and will lastly map that on to Astrid Erll’s recent concept of implicit collective memory. The philosophical aim of this talk is to engage with the broader convergences of memory studies and medical humanities through these theoretical verticals and the consequent research possibilities that emerge in critical theory and cultural studies. Bio Avishek Parui (PhD, Durham) is Associate Professor in English and Memory Studies at IIT Madras and Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He is the author of Postmodern Literatures (Orient Blackswan, 2018) and Culture and the Literary: Matter, Metaphor, Memory (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022). He is the Principal Investigator of the Centre for Memory Studies (CMS) at IIT Madras and the founding chairperson of the Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS).
Campus Chronotopes
Memory Studies IIT Madras

Campus Chronotopes

The Centre for Memory Studies, IIT Madras is delighted to present “Campus Chronotopes” film, an immersive 360-degree VR journey taking viewers on a memory walk through the IIT Madras campus. For the best experience, make sure the video is playing at the highest possible resolution (HD, 4K, or 8K) on your device by going to Video Settings (gear icon inside the video box) → Quality, and setting the quality to HD, 4K, or 8K, depending on your device and connection. On Desktop: • Open the video on your browser on this link: • Set the video quality to 4320s (8K, available on the Chrome browser). • To navigate, click anywhere on the video and drag to see a different perspective. • The compass on the top left corner can also be used for navigation. On Phone/Tablet: • Open the video on the YouTube app by searching for “Campus Chronotopes”. • Set the video quality to 1080s (HD). • Move the device to look around the video. • Alternatively, while the video is playing, you can tap and drag anywhere to pan. On Headsets: • Open the video on the Youtube VR app by searching for “Campus Chronotopes”. • Set the video quality to 2160s (4K). • Play the video and look around to get the immersive 360 experience. Thank you for being a part of Campus Chronotopes! Acknowledgements: Prof Kamakoti V Director, IIT Madras Prof Raghunathan Rengaswamy Dean, Global Engagement, IIT Madras Prof Mahesh Panchagnula Dean, Alumni and Corporate Relations, IIT Madras Prof Jyotirmaya Tripathy Head, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras Faculty Coordinators: Dr Avishek Parui and Dr Merin Simi Raj. Website: Email: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn:

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