Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

New Wellcome Award

I’m delighted to have been awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Enrichment Public Engagement grant for a project titled “Understanding and Re-Imagining Sleep and its Disorders”.

For this project, part of my wider work on “Writing the Sleep Crisis“, I will collaborate with the team of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research directed by Prof Jason Ellis, The Sleep Charity, and artist and creative producer Chiara Dellerba.

The project will result in a workshop series, an online art exhibition, and resources. You can read more about it here. Stay tuned for more news on this project!

Picture credit: Insomnia. Stephen MagrathCC0 1.0 Universal.

New article in The Week

Read my latest piece: The Counterproductive Promise of a “Sleep Goal”

In this opinion piece in The Week, I explore how the fixation of sleep-tracking devices and relaxation apps on sleep goals ironically ends up devaluing sleep, arguing that these technologies are part of a culture that privileges waking life over sleep.


New review essay out in Review31

Read “Network Aesthetic” a review of Douglas Coupland’s Binge

For Review 31, I reviewed Douglas Coupland’s latest work of fiction, Binge: 60 short stories to make your brain feel different. In the essay, I discuss how Coupland’s collection develops a network aesthetic that invites us to read for patterns.

You can read my review essay here.

Highlights video of Sleep Stories and the Science of Sleep event now available

Watch the video collecting highlights of the launch event of Sleep Stories at Durham Book Festival 2021

Sleep Stories and the Science of Sleep” launched the “Sleep Stories” commission at Durham Book Festival, a podcast series featuring stories about sleep by leading British writers. The event delved into the science and culture of sleep. I was joined by author Salena Godden, Professor of sleep science Jason Ellis, and neuroscientist and writer Dr Erik Hoel.

Upcoming talk at The Sociability of Sleep’s Sleep Salons

On 23rd March, 12-1:30 pm ET, I will be giving a talk about “Writing Sleep”.

This salon juxtaposes literary-critical explorations of sleep in contemporary fiction with the awareness- and empathy-building practices of life writing about sleep and sleep disorders. The talk will be online and registration is free. More information about The Sociability of Sleep research-creation project here.

Register for the talk here.

Sleep and Digital Health Conference

For 27-28 June 2022, I am organising an online conference on the theme of Sleep and Digital Health: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Further information about the conference, including the programme is available here.

You can register for the conference here. Registration is free. The conference, hosted by DAStU and META at Politecnico di Milano, is supported through my Marie Curie Individual Fellowship.

New peer-reviewed article now out in Parallax

My latest peer-reviewed article, “Patterns of Repetition: Colonialism, Capitalism and Climate Breakdown in Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Fiction“, is out now in the interdisciplinary journal parallax. The article considers how contemporary writing confronts the prospect of global climate collapse that defines our Anthropocene present, identifying patterns of repetition that link these fictions’ environmentally devastated futures to the colonial past.

The article has been published open access and you can read it here.