Keynote, invited, and upcoming





  • ‘Distributed traces and the causal theory of constructive memory’ (with Gerard O’Brien), Current Controversies in Philosophy of Memory online conference, October
  • ‘The Wisconsin moment: a cognitive ethnography of collaborative memory experiments’ (with Kath Bicknell & Celia Harris), short talk at Quali-Quanti online symposium for CILC-5, Conference on Interactivity, Language, & Cognition, organised from Warsaw
  • Talks cancelled due to COVID-19 include at U Southern Denmark (Odense), September; keynote at International Association for Philosophy of Sport, Split, Croatia, September
  • ‘Distributed creativity: domains, dimensions, differences’, invited talk, Murray Smith workshop, Macquarie, March
  • ‘Directions in mesh: response to Shaun Gallagher’, invited talk, Wollongong skills conference, February


  • ‘Distributed creativity: why collaboration (sometimes) feels good’, invited keynote, creativity and wellbeing workshop, University of Melbourne, November 26
  • ‘Moving minds: emotion, memory, and embodied skill’, aka ‘Opening memory studies by opening memory’, invited keynote, inaugural conference, Africa chapter, Memory Studies Association, University of Pretoria, South Africa, October 17-19
  • ‘Varieties of psychological interdependence’, Sutton-Fest day, University of Edinburgh, August 7
  • ‘Maurice Halbwachs and memory studies’, and (with Tim Fawns) ‘Remembering non-witnessed events: everyday second-hand memory’, Memory Studies conference, Madrid, June 26-28
  • ‘Distributed cognition and creative editing’ (with Karen Pearlman), Cognitive Humanities conference, Mainz, Germany, June 18-23.
  • (Also attended: Philosophy of Memory 2, Grenoble, July; World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket, Loughborough, July; Music & Philosophy, London, July; PBDB 13, Dolphin Beach, August; CAVE Dementia workshop, Sydney, August; CEPET annual conference, Macquarie, November)


  • ‘The cultural evolution of personal memory’, Presidential address, inaugural conference of the ASPP (Australasian Society for Philosophy and Psychology), Macquarie, December 5-7.
  • ‘New questions about shared histories and distributed creativity’ (with Karen Pearlman), Culture & Cognition day, Macquarie, October 8.
  • ‘Autobiographical memory, the scaffolded mind, and cognitive norms in the Neolithic’, AAP (Australasia Association of Philosophy) conference, Victoria University Wellington, July 8-13; at PBDB (Philosophy of Biology at Dolphin Beach) 12, August 10-12; and at Evolving Minds/ Dennett in Darwin, Charles Darwin University, September 17-19.
  • ‘Historical variability in distributed and collaborative emotion regulation’, invited keynote, final conference of CHE, the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, Perth, June 14-15
  • ‘Collaborative remembering in everyday life: an ethnography of a memory experiment’ (with Kath Bicknell), Performance Studies seminar, Sydney Uni, June 8.
  • ‘Collaborative skills in autobiographical memory: memory beyond memory’, invited talk, Naturally Evolving Minds, Wollongong, February 20-23.


  • Discussant, Predictive Processing workshop with Andy Clark, Macquarie, December 11-13.
  • ‘Episodic memory, the scaffolded mind, and cognitive change in the Neolithic’, Philosophy of Memory workshop, Adelaide, December 7-8.
  • Attended ASARG (Australasian Skill Acquisition Research Group) meeting, Brisbane, November 20-21.
  • ‘Shared remembering and distributed emotion’, talk in Philosophy, Macquarie, October 31.
  • Discussant, Minds, Bodies, Intentions in Renaissance Literature, Durham, September 13-15.
  • Conversions project annual meeting, Montreal, August 24-26.
  • ‘Forms of remembering: Neolithic changes in memory and material culture’, invited talk, Consciousness and creativity at the dawn of settled life: the test-case of Çatalhöyük, Çatalhöyük, Turkey, July 25-31.
  • ‘Otto in the wild: dementia and distributed cognition’, invited keynote, Issues in Philosophy of Memory, Cologne, July 10-13.
  • Discussant, The Philosophy and Practice of Improvisation: improvisation in arts, Copenhagen, June 11-14.
  • ‘Cognitive ecologies and tacit knowledge: the transmission of collaborative embodied skills’, symposium on tacit knowledge with Georg Theiner,
    Cognitive Humanities
    Stony Brook, June 5-7.
  • The Distributed Cognitive Ecologies of Collaborative Embodied Skills, Full-day workshop, Institute of Philosophy, London, 26 May
  • ‘Shared remembering and distributed affect: intimacy, memory, and emotion-regulation’, Memory Workshop Project PERFECT (Birmingham), Cambridge, May 5.
  • ‘Emotional skills and the mental game in Australian professional cricket’
    presentation to Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Melbourne, April 21.
  • ‘Creative practice and distributed cognition’, Film Editing as Distributed Cognition workshop, with Karen Pearlman
    Macquarie Uni, Sydney, March 15.
  • ‘Emotional skills and the mental game in Australian professional cricket’
    presentation to Australian Cricketers’ Association player agents’ meeting, Sydney, February 7.

2016 (selected talks only from here …)

  • ‘Prosaic dispatches from a daylight world’, Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), seminar on Shakespeare and Cognition, New Orleans, March
  • ‘Confusion and Mixture: The Historicity of Memory’, The Internal Senses in the Aristotelian Tradition, Gothenburg, June
  • Two talks on memory and collaboration at ICOM-6, the 6th International Conference on Memory, Budapest, July
  • ‘Sharing cognitive futures (and pasts): small groups and shared histories’
    History and Philosophy of Science
    Research Day, Sydney, October.
  • ‘Shared remembering and distributed affect: notes on intimacy, memory, and emotion-regulation’, New Directions in Philosophy of Memory, Dunedin, November
  • ‘Ten questions for cognitive history: small groups and autobiographical memory’
    Psychology, Biography, History, 
    Workshop, Canberra, November.


  • ‘Interdisciplinarity and cognitive history: animal spirits, memory, and emotion’
    Methods Collaboratory, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of EmotionsSydney, September. 


  • ‘Dimensions of group cognition’
    Thinking About Groups
    conference, Center for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen.
  • ‘Distributed cognitive ecologies of memory’
    Memory and the Power of Connectivity: Imagining What Might Be
    , Templeton Foundation workshop with Daniel Schacter, New York, June.


  • ‘Remembering as public practice: Wittgenstein, memory, and socially distributed cognition’
    36th International Wittgenstein Symposium: Mind, language, and action. Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, August.
  • ‘Switching and mixing: The flexibility of perspectives in memory, imagery, and dreams’
    2nd Milan-York Workshop on Nonperceptual Sensuous States
    , Milan, June.


  • ‘Scaffolding, distributed cognition and compensation’
    Scaffolding Memory Across the Lifespan
    , Memory Day workshop, Sydney, November.


  • ‘Embodied Cognition in the time of Shakespeare: ghost gestures and anachronic traces’.
    Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA)
    , Chicago, April. Plenary symposium on Shakespeare and the Extended Mind.
  •  ‘The Disunity of “Memory”‘
    Keynote, Memory Studies Center, Lewis and Clark College, Portland,
  • ‘Early Modern Memory Practices: explorations in cognitive history’
    Crossroads Visiting Lecturer
    , Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of North Carolina, March.


  • ‘Collaboration, Improvisation, and Embodied Interaction: after the philosophy of mind?’
    Keynote, Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference, Sydney, April.


  • ‘The Disunity of “Memory”‘
    Visiting lecturer, keynote, Warwick Centre for Memory Studies, December.


  • ‘Imagery and point of view in dreams and personal memory’
    Melbourne Brain & Mind Club
    , Howard Florey Institute, Melbourne, September.
  • ‘Embodied skills, social ontology, and the cognitive life of things’
    Keynote, 8th conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Adelaide, July.
  •  ‘How things (and people) develop a cognitive life (together): transitional objects and instructional nudges’
    RANZ College of Psychiatrists,


  • ‘Remembering together: is there a social ontology of memory?’
    Minds, mobs, and memories: themes in Pettit
    , Sydney, November.
  • ‘The neurophilosophy and neuropsychiatry of dreaming’
    6th International Congress of Neuropsychiatry
    , Sydney, September.
  • ‘The cognitive life of things’
    Extended Mind 2: just when you thought it was safe to go back in the head
    , Hertfordshire, July.
  • ‘How to share a memory’
    Self to Self: the work of David Velleman
    , Canberra, April.
  • ‘Construction and influence in autobiographical memory’
    Chemo-prophylactic Drugs in the Treatment of Traumatic Stress
    , Academy of Social Sciences workshop, Melbourne, February.


  • ‘The cognitive life of things: external memory and social memory in early modern culture’
    Inhabiting the Body/ Inhabiting the World,
    University of North Carolina, March.
  • ‘What is memory?’
    An Integrated Science of Memory: are we there yet?,
    McDonnell Foundation workshop, San Diego, January.


  • ‘Language, memory, and concepts of memory: a case study in cognition and culture’
    Cross-cultural Linguistics and the Semantics of Memory,
    Sydney, November.
  • ‘Representations and levels in distributed cognition and integrational linguistics’
    Distributed Cognition and Integrational Linguistics
    , Durban, March.


  • ‘Truth and memory’
    Proof and Truth: The Humanist as Expert,
    Australian Academy of the Humanities, Canberra, November.
  • ‘Mechanism, physiology, and complexity in Descartes’
    International Descartes workshop,
    Brisbane, September.


  • ‘Nervous fluids and innards’
    Albrecht von Haller Lecturer, International Society for the History of the Neurosciences conference, Zurich, September.
  • ‘Carelessness and inattention: chance and the physiology of habit from Locke to Hume’
    Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities,
    Edinburgh, September.
  • ‘History and moral physiology’
    Origins of Modernity
    , Hong Kong, April.