Writing the

Sleep Crisis

Exploring representations of
sleep in contemporary culture.

Picture credit: Insomnia. Stephen Magrath. CC0 1.0 Universal

About

This research project explores how sleep, and lack thereof, is represented in contemporary writings across fiction, non-fiction, and digital culture. It’s the first study to analyse cultural engagements with the sleep crisis, namely, the sense that contemporary society is profoundly sleep-deprived.

“Writing the Sleep Crisis” is led by Dr Diletta De Cristofaro. It is currently funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement 892459, and based at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. The project also involves collaborations with Northumbria University, UK, where it was based between July 2020 and August 2021 funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science.

Sleep Stories

An Exclusive Commission

Durham Book Festival 2021

Featured Event

“Are We in a Sleep Crisis? Perspectives from Contemporary Culture” – A talk at The Lit&Phil by Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, June 2021

Picture credit: Insomnia. Stephen Magrath. CC0 1.0 Universal

People

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Principal Investigator on “Writing the Sleep Crisis”

Prof Simona Chiodo

Full Professor of Philosophy at Politecnico di Milano

Prof Katy Shaw

Professor of Contemporary Writings at Northumbria University

Prof Jason Ellis

Professor in Psychology at Northumbria University

Featured Publication

“Writing the Sleep Crisis”, The Polyphony: Conversations Across the Medical Humanities, December 2020

In this post in The Polyphony, Diletta De Cristofaro introduces the project and discusses sleep deprivation and speculative fiction that imagines the future end of sleep.

News

Sleep Stories Episode Three: Encroach by Andrew McMillan

The third and final episode of “Sleep Stories”, a podcast series co-commissioned in collaboration with Durham Book Festival is now available. “Encroach” is an exclusive short story, inspired by the th…

Sleep Stories Episode Two: The Night Watch by Jenn Ashworth

The second episode of “Sleep Stories”, a podcast series co-commissioned in collaboration with Durham Book Festival is now available. “The Night Watch” is an exclusive short story, inspired by the them…

Sleep Stories Episode 1: Daffodilly Dreams by Salena Godden

The first episode of “Sleep Stories”, a podcast series co-commissioned in collaboration with Durham Book Festival is now available. “Daffodilly Dreams” is an exclusive short st…

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Get in Touch

Email Dr Diletta De Cristofaro:

diletta.decristofaro[at]gmail.com

I was interviewed for this and then totally forgot to follow up on it until now—it was a great chat with @trufelman and they got stuff out of me that no other podcast ever has (hopefully it made it into the final cut!). Mattresses as panacea for capitalism, I say. https://twitter.com/trufelman/status/1458785931415240722

Avery Trufelman@trufelman

In an act of what might be considered podcast blasphemy (!!!) this week- we wonder if a fancy mattress can actually help you sleep better
https://open.spotify.com/episode/1ukvM6lW0680FKhAOJewYe?si=1eb136a0192c4657

The Book of Sleep
#HaythamElWardany
"It’s true that the book isn’t about the revolution and its defeat but it is haunted by the political through the discussion of sleep and its attempt to escape the conventional portrayal of sleep as a surrender, a laziness, an anti-activity." https://twitter.com/arablit/status/1463363551825784832

ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly@arablit

13 Books in Translation: A Literary History of Egypt After 2011 https://arablit.org/2021/11/24/13-books-in-translation-a-literary-history-of-egypt-after-2011/

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