Call for Papers: GEM 2021 – workshop on generative episodic memory

Call For Papers:

GEM 2021 – Generative Episodic Memory: Interdisciplinary perspectives from
psychology, neuroscience and philosophy
16-18 February 2021
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

The DFG-funded research consortium “FOR 2812 – Constructing scenarios of the
past”  <> is proud to announce
a call for papers for its first workshop on generative episodic memory.
Depending on the public health situation in February next year, the workshop
will be in-person, virtual or a hybrid event. We invite submissions for
talks and posters  <>

Episodic memories are widely regarded as memories of personally experienced
events. Early concepts about episodic memory were based on the storage
model, according to which experiential content is preserved in memory and
later retrieved. However, overwhelming empirical evidence suggests that the
content of episodic memory is – at least to a certain degree – constructed
in the act of remembering. Even though very few contemporary researchers
would oppose this view of episodic memory as a generative process, it has
not become the standard paradigm of empirical memory research. This is
particularly true for studies of the neural correlates of episodic memory.
Further hindering progress are large conceptual differences regarding
episodic memory across different fields, such as neuroscience, philosophy,
and psychology. This interdisciplinary workshop therefore aims to bring
together researchers from all relevant fields to advance the state of the
art in the research on generative episodic memory.

FOR 2812 “Constructing scenarios of the past: A new framework in episodic
memory” consists of 9 researchers. Seven from the Ruhr University Bochum and
two from the University of Münster. The consortium adopts an
interdisciplinary approach and investigates generative episodic memory from
a conceptual, modeling, and experimental perspective using a common
conceptual framework: scenario construction.

Keynote Speakers:
Karl-Heinz Bäuml – University Regensburg, Germany
Dorthe Berntsen – Aarhus University, Denmark
Amy Criss – University of Syracuse, USA
Dorothea Debus – University of Konstanz, Germany
David Huber – University of Massachusetts, USA
Sarah Robins – University of Kansas, USA

Deadlines [GMT +1 (CET)]:
Abstract submission – 15.11.2020
Notification of acceptance – 19.12.2020

Submission guidelines:
Abstracts must be submitted in English and be no longer than 1 page.
Submitted work must be original and unpublished. Abstracts must be submitted
electronically through the GEM 2021 paper submission site on EasyChair
Authors will receive confirmation of receipt of their abstracts including an
ID number after submission. You can edit your submission at any time before
the deadline. We will consider only the final version.

Program committee:
Nikolai Axmacher – Faculty of Psychology – Ruhr University Bochum
Sen Cheng – Institute for Neural Computation – Ruhr University Bochum
Gerald Echterhoff – Faculty of Psychology – University of Münster
Albert Newen – Faculty of Philosophy – Ruhr University Bochum
Ricarda Schubotz – Faculty of Psychology – University of Münster
Markus Werning – Faculty of Philosophy – Ruhr University Bochum
Laurenz Wiskott – Institute for Neural Computation – Ruhr University Bochum
Oliver Wolf – Faculty of Psychology – Ruhr University Bochum

All questions regarding the workshop should be emailed to

Coordinator – Vinita Samarasinghe
Secretary – Christiane Dahl