Memory: From Brains to Narratives

In Greek mythology, memory—the goddess Mnemosyne—was the mother of the muses, thus having complete power over time, imagination, and all cultural activities. Since then, ordinary people as well as scholars have been intrigued and preoccupied with the power and place of memory, in its different types and forms. In recent years, the study of memory, both in its sociocultural aspects and collective manifestations, has determined the apparition of a transdisciplinary domain of social research, generally known as Memory Studies.

The seminar Memory: From Brains to Narratives is convened by Dr. Lorena ANTON, being constructed as an opportunity for interdisciplinary discussions between specialists in medical humanities and social sciences. Its aim is to bring together and deconstruct past and present ideas about the place of memory in human history, and to open doors towards the future of its contemporary evolution.

Contact: Lorena Anton – lorena.anton(at)

Program 2016:

(S1) Tuesday, June 7 (15h30 – 17h30): Dr. Marius Stanciu, Extracranialism – Can Technology Substitute Internal Memory?

(S2) Tuesday, June 14 (15h30 – 17h30): Dr. Lorena Anton, Ageing, Memory and Wellbeing in Rural Romania

(S3) Tuesday, June 21 (15h30 – 17h30): Dr. Diana Stanciu – Memory and Consciousness: A Few Philosophical Intuitions

Program 2017-2018:

(S4) 2nd week of November, 2017 (Thursday 09/11, 15h00-18h30):
Official re-opening of the seminar (three o’clock tea & coffee; six o’clock apéro)
Dr. Lorena ANTON (Universitatea din București, ICUB-H): Stay Close, My Past? On Memory, Intersubjectivity and Reproduction Control in Post-communist Romania

(S5) 4th week of November, 2017 (Thursday 23/11, 15h30-17h30):
Dr. Rafael-Dorian Chelaru (Academia de Poliție-București, Facultatea de Arhivistică): Uniting memories on-line: the Virtual Genealogical Archive Project

(S6) 1st week of December, 2017 (Thursday 07/12, 15h30-17h30):
Dr. Marius-Gabriel Hâncean (Universitatea din București, Facultatea de Sociologie) : TBA

(S7) 3rd week of December, 2017 (Thursday 21/12, 15h30-17h30):
Dr. Nancy S. Jecker (University of Washington – School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics & Humanities): Preserving Dignity in Dementia


(S8) 4th week of January, 2018 (Thursday 25/01, 15h30-17h30):
Dr. Valentin-Veron Toma (Academia Română, Institutul de Antropologie Francis I. Rainer): Memory Loss, Recall Bias and Dementia Research. Strategies to Improve the Quality of Retrospective Data in Qualitative Research

(S9) 2nd week of February, 2018 (Thursday 08/02, 15h30-17h30):
Dr. Alexandru Iorga (Academia Română, Institutul de Etnografie și Folclor Constantin Brăiloiu): TBA

(S10) 4th week of February, 2018 (Thursday 22/02, 15h30-17h30): Dr. Damiana Oțoiu (Universitatea din București, Facultatea de Științe Politice): TBA


(S11) 2nd week of April, 2018 (Thursday 12/04, 15h30-17h30):
Dr. Rodica Zane (Universitatea din București, Facultatea de Litere): TBA

(S12) 4th week of April, 2018 (Thursday 26/04, 15h30-17h30):
Dr. Constantin Ovidiu Verdeș (Universitatea din București, Facultatea de Litere): „Al cui eşti tu, mă !?”. Complexul patronimului în textele lui Marin Preda.

(S13) 2nd week of May 2018 (Thursday 10/05, 15h30-17h30):
Dr. Laura Bisaillon (University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health)
Memory, HIV and Migration.

(S14) 4th week of May 2018 (Thursday 24/05, 15h00-18h30):
Official closing of the seminar (three o’clock tea & coffee; six o’clock apéro)
Lorena Anton (Universitatea din București, ICUB-H), Laura Bisaillon (University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health) & Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik (RAND Corporation & Pardee RAND Graduate School): RedED Africa: Memory and Academic Exchanges between Communist Africa and Communist Europe after the Second World War.