Events & Talks

Forthcoming Events & Talks

Understanding and Reimagining Sleep and Its Disorders Workshop series, February-April 2023

In this hybrid workshop series, members of the public will meet with researchers, psychologists, and artists to talk about the impact of sleep disorders in our lives. Together, we’ll produce creative responses about sleep which will be published as part of an online exhibition on this website, and we’ll discuss ways to increase awareness and improve the wellbeing of people who live with sleep disorders.

Roundtable: “Hot Takes: Sleep Equity and Climate Change”, 17th March, 5pm GMT, online

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro will moderate this roundtable for World Sleep Day featuring participants Jayson Porter, Kelton Minor, Arun Kumar, Benjamin Reiss, Devon Barnes and Sarah Barnes. The roundtable is organised by The Sociability of Sleep Research-Creation project.

Selected Past Events & Talks

27-28 June 2022, “Sleep and Digital Health: Multidisciplinary Perspectives” Online Conference

This online conference explored the nexus of sleep and digital health from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Click the find out more button below to take a look at the programme.

Writing Sleep, talk at The Sociability of Sleep’s Sleep Salons

This salon, featuring Dr Diletta De Cristofaro and Julie Flygare, juxtaposed literary-critical explorations of sleep in contemporary fiction with the awareness- and empathy-building practices of life writing about sleep and sleep disorders. More information about The Sociability of Sleep research-creation project here.

Sleep Stories and the Science of Sleep, Durham Book Festival 2021

With Durham Book Festival, we commissioned leading British writers Salena Godden, Jenn Ashworth and Andrew McMillan to each write and record an exclusive short story inspired by the theme of sleep. Find out more about “Sleep Stories” and listen to the podcast series here.

To launch the initiative, a roundtable discussion took place on 9th October. The roundtable delved into the science and culture of sleep. Dr Diletta De Cristofaro was joined by Salena Godden, Prof Jason Ellis, and Dr Erik Hoel. Below you can watch a video collecting highlights of the conversation.

Il sonno è in crisi? Che cosa ci dice la cultura contemporanea

Talk in Italianby Dr Diletta De Cristofaro at MEETmeTONIGHT2021, part of the European Researchers’ Night, September 2021

The talk is also available as podcast.

“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

Forty Winks Café, part of Being Human Festival 2020

This online event on representations of sleep in contemporary culture and sleep health was held in partnership with New Writing North. The event was chaired by Claire Malcolm of New Writing North and featured talks by Prof Katy Shaw, Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, and Prof Jason Ellis. The café was part of Being Human Festival (November 2020), the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. 

Forty Winks Café was selected as a case study for holding a successful Being Human Festival café. Read more here.