IIT Madras
Source: New Indian Express

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has inaugurated the Indian network for memory studies (INMS). The institute contends it to be the nation’s 1st formal national network in the area of memory studies in India. The INMS will coordinate complex meetings with ‘memory’ from various institutes including cultural studies centers as well as industry research on AI, neuroscience laboratories, and related fields.

Founded by Dr. Merin Simi Raj and Dr. Avishek Parui, Assistant Professors (English), Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, the network will concentrate on research in the domain.

However, the research administered at the Centre for Memory Studies, IIT Madras, the Indian network for memory studies intends to promote a departure from Eurocentric strategies in terms of the theoretical frameworks and worldviews. This will also benefit open up internship and research chances for Indian students and international scholars through an annual membership program in alliance with the International Memory Studies Association (IMSA).

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Dr. Merin Simi Raj, Chairperson, Indian Network for Memory Studies said the internship and the research chances that INMS offer will bring about a paradigm transition in humanities research in Indian academia in affiliation with the top international bodies in the area. Several ambitions including new courses, interdisciplinary programs, and training workshops are already in the channel.

Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, stated that the system has already built an admirable critical mass which indicates its relevance and will assist generate collaboration opportunities in this area. For India, memory studies can be very crucial, for a lot of historical growths are apprehended only in memories and not on documentation.

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The INMS has already inaugurated partnerships with the Amsterdam, Memory Studies Association, Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, Memory Group, Germany, University of Warwick, Cultural Identity, UK, and Memory Studies Institute (CIMS), University of St. Andrews, XR Lab, UK, TCS and Anglo-Ink, Chennai.

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