4E Cognition and Memory

May 23, 2022 - May 25, 2022
Ruhr University Bochum



Purdue University
Tilburg University
Radboud University
Macquarie University


Purdue University
Radboud University
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
Radboud University

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Online workshop ‘4E cognition and memory’

May 23 – May 25 (2022)

Background & Aim

Though  research on so-called 4E cognition has become firmly established in the cognitive sciences, relatively little attention has been paid to the domain of memory. This is surprising, given that memory is typically considered one of the key domains of cognitive science. This workshop brings together researchers working on embodied, embedded, extended and enactive approaches to cognition to elucidate the phenomenon of memory and investigate how 4E research on memory can move forward.

While the focus of the workshop will mainly be on episodic memory, we welcome submissions that discuss other types of memory and their interactions.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Louise Barrett (Psychology, University of Lethbridge)
  • Richard Heersmink (Philosophy, Monash University)
  • Francesco Ianì  (Psychology, University of Turin)
  • Anco Peeters & Marta Caravà (Philosophy, Ruhr University Bochum)
  • John Sutton (Philosophy & Cognitive Science, Macquarie University)
  • Evelyn Tribble (English, University of Connecticut)
Call for submissions

Aside from these 6 slots for invited speakers, we have a number of slots available for submitted papers.

We hereby welcome submissions for presenting papers online through Zoom (e.g., 40 minutes presentation, 20 minutes discussion). To apply, please submit an abstract of 250 to 500 words. More information on how to register and attend the online workshop will follow later.

While quality of the abstract and fit with the theme of the workshop is the main criterion for acceptance, please note that the organizing committee seeks to find a balance with regard to the following issues:

  • Career status: we explicitly encourage early career researchers, especially those from underrepresented genders and minority backgrounds, to submit an abstract.
  • Disciplines: we take an interdisciplinary approach and invite abstracts from philosophy, psychology, and other branches of cognitive science, as well as other disciplines that speak to 4E memory, such as anthropology, literature, film, and dance.
  • 4E’s: over the past years, research on extended forms of memory has been relatively common. We welcome submissions on that topic, but we also want to leave room for other “E’s”, e.g., embodied, embedded, enactive, and even emotional and ecological aspects of memory.

You may send your submissions to: 4ememory [at] gmail.com. You may also use this email address for any questions you might have.


Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2022
Notification: April 1
Workshop: May 23 – May 25


Marta Caravà (Ruhr University Bochum), Roy Dings (Ruhr University Bochum), Chris McCarroll (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University) and Anco Peeters (Ruhr University Bochum)

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