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GAP.11 – Satellite Workshop
Memory and Imagination:
Varieties of (Dis)Continuism

September 16, 2022
Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Satellite workshop at the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie 11 Conference

Background & aim

The aim of this workshop is to systematically examine the relationship between episodic memory and imagination from distinct perspectives. This workshop brings together key researchers in the field to explore the different ways of understanding the (dis)continuism debate about memory and imagination, from a metaphysical, epistemological, attitudinal, or normative perspective, and explore the nuances of the relation between these two fundamental cognitive capacities. The workshop hence aims to develop a more precise understanding of the relationship between memory and imagination, and brings the internationally already well established and currently hotly debated topic on the relationship between memory and imagination to a broader audience in the German speaking and European philosophical community.


  • 09.00–09.15: Introduction
  • 09.15–10.15: Kourken Michaelian (Université Grenoble Alpes)
  • 10:15–11.05: Markus Werning (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • 11.05–11.25: Coffee Break
  • 11.25–12.15: Alma Barner (University of Salzburg): “The Moral Value of Mental Time Travel”
  • 12.15–13.05: Chris McCarroll (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University)
  • 13.05–14.15: Lunch
  • 14.15–15.00: Flash Light talks
  • 15.00–15.50: Kristina Liefke (Ruhr University Bochum): “Reporting episodic remembering and experiential imagining: support for – and against – continuism”
  • 15.50–16.40: Anco Peeters (Ruhr University Bochum): “The role of imagination in the memory palace mnemonic”
  • 16.40–17.00: Coffee Break
  • 17.00–17.50: Dorothea Debus (University of Konstanz) & Louise Richardson (University of York)
  • 17.50–18.50: John Sutton (Macquarie University)

Call for Flash Talks

We invite philosophers to submit a brief abstract (ca. 200 words) to present a flash talk. A flash talk pitches a single idea or question in a maximum of 5 minutes, and serves to draw attention to work in progress or published elsewhere. This format allows both early career and more senior philosophers to exchange ideas on the topic of the workshop.


The workshop is organized by Markus Werning (Ruhr University Bochum), Chris McCarroll (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University) and Anco Peeters (Ruhr University Bochum) and takes place in cooperation with the DFG Research Group FOR 2812 “Constructing scenarios of the past: A new framework in episodic memory”.