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One-day symposium allows experts to share knowledge on memory

Published: 19 February 2002

University of Southampton experts representing a range of disciplines from psychology to archaeology will be meeting in Winchester in March to discuss the latest research on memory.

The day-long symposium 'On Memory', organised by Professor John Gibbons, Head of Sculpture at Winchester School of Art, aims to give researchers studying memory an opportunity to share their knowledge. The event takes place at Winchester School of Art (West Side Lecture Theatre) on Monday, 11 March.

Professor Gibbons said: "This will be a fascinating insight into how memory affects our lives from a psychological, medical and sociological perspective and how central it is to art, history and literature.

"The day will act as an introduction to the varied research concerning memory being undertaken throughout the University. We hope it will provide an opportunity for debate across disciplines, and offer ways in which researchers within these disciplines may inform each other."

The event is primarily aimed at researchers within the University, however members of the public are also welcome and there is no fee for attendance. For more details contact

Notes for editors

The symposium 'On Memory' is at the West Side Lecture Theatre at Winchester School of Art on Monday 11 March (10am - 5pm)

The programme for the day is as follows:

10.20am Welcome - Professor John Gibbons (Fine Art / Sculpture)

10.30am Memory, Trauma and Reconciliation: The Experience of WWII Veterans
Professor Peter Coleman (Psychology/Geriatric Medicine)
Professor Peter Coleman holds a joint appointment between the Department of Psychology and the Medical School (Geriatric Medicine) and the title Professor of Psychogerontology. He has a long-standing research interest in the psychological functions of reminiscing, and is currently President of the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review.

11.00am Fleeting illuminations - Fast memory
Professor Jeremy Baumberg (Physics/Electronic and Computer Sciences)
Professor Jeremy Baumberg leads an initiative for mesoscale/nanoscale science within the Physics & Astronomy and Electronics & Computer Science departments at the University of Southampton. From 1994-1998 he explored novel ultrafast optoelectronics at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, UK. Prior to that he was an IBM Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds many patents, and gained the Hitachi Europe Managing Directors Award in 1996. Recently his wide-ranging success in ultrafast spectroscopy was recognised by the IoP Charles Vernon Boys Medal.

11.30am Coffee

12.00pm The New Arts of Memory
Dr Peter Middleton (English)
Peter Middleton is a Reader in English. Author (with Tim Woods) of 'Literatures of Memory' (Manchester 2000) and several articles on poetry and memory. He writes and publishes poetry, and is planning a long-term project to study the significance of contemporary poetry in the construction of cultural and social memory.

12.30pm Not much of a place anymore - My Lai and American memory
Dr Kendrick Oliver (History)
Dr Kendrick Oliver is a lecturer in later-modern American History, University of Southampton. Author of Kennedy, Macmillan and the Nuclear Test Ban Debate 1961-1963 (Palgrave 1998). He co-organised the 'Memory of Catastrophe' Conference at Southampton (2000) and is co-editor of 'The Memory of Catastrophe' (forthcoming MUP, 2002/3). He is currently writing a book " Not Much of a Place Anymore': The My Lai massacre in American history and memory."

1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch (Not provided)

2.00pm After Forgetting - Between memory and place
Sebastiane Hegarty (Sculpture)
Sebastiane Hegarty is a practising artist working primarily with sound and installation. Currently in the final stages of a Ph.D. in Sculpture at WSA his main research concerns are in the relationship of memory to our 'reception' of place, time and the plurality of self. He is a lecturer in Sculpture at Winchester School of Art and in Fine Art Film/Video at Wolverhampton University.

2.30pm Disinter/est: Digging up our Childhood
Dr Joanne Sofaer-Derevenski (Archaeology)
Joanna Sofaer Derevenski is a Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton. Her research interests include Social Archaeology (in particular age and gender), Eneolithic and Bronze Age Europe, and Bioarchaeology. Recently, she has been working on the Disinter/est Project with live artist Joshua Sofaer.

3.00pm Coffee

3.30pm Neuropsychology
Dr Narinder Kapur (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Dr Kapur is consultant neuropsychologist at the Wessex Neurological Centre, and also honorary Professor of Neuropsychology in the University Department of Psychology. Trained in Belfast and in Boston. His main research interests are in human memory disorder. He is the author of two books, one on memory disorders (Butterworths, 1988) and one on neurological autopathography (Oxford University Press, 1997).

4.00pm Discussion

4.45pm Thank you - Professor John Gibbons

5.00pm End

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