Events & Talks

Forthcoming Events & Talks

Reimagining Sleep Exhibition at Newcastle City Library, 14-28 March 2024

Marking World Sleep Day (15th March), the Reimagining Sleep exhibition explores the lived experience of sleep. The exhibition gathers a collection of objects, writings, and soundscapes made by, with, and for people with sleep issues. In a world that all too often frames sleep either as a waste of time or as a mere tool for productivity, this exhibition invites viewers to consider and reimagine their relationship with sleep. We ask: what does sleep mean to you?

Come visit the exhibition at Newcastle’s City Library (level 2)!

The exhibition programme features a public talk (14th March, 6-7pm) by the Reimagining Sleep project Principal Investigator, Dr Diletta De Cristofaro (Northumbria University), and a creative workshop (23rd March, 10am-12pm) with the exhibition’s curator and artist Chiara Dellerba. Both the talk and the workshop are free events but registration via Eventbrite is required.

Selected Past Events & Talks

Sleep | BBC Radio 3, Free Thinking

An episode of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking (October 2023) about sleep presented by Dr John Gallagher, featuring Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, Prof Sasha Handley, Kenneth Miller, and Dr Emily Scott Dearing.

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

Members of the public met with researchers and an artist to talk about the impact of sleep issues. Together, they discussed ways to increase awareness and improve the wellbeing of people who live with sleep disorders, and produced creative responses about sleep. These responses will be published as part of an online exhibition on this website to be launched in November 2023.

Video by North News

Hot Takes, A World Sleep Day Roundtable organised by The Sociability of Sleep

On World Sleep Day 2023 (17th March) Dr Diletta De Cristofaro moderated an online roundtable featuring Jayson Porter, Kelton Minor, Arun Kumar, Benjamin Reiss, Devon Bate, and Sarah Barnes. The roundtable was organised by The Sociability of Sleep research-creation project.

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 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.