As part of the Sleep Salons series hosted by the Sociability of Sleep (Université de Montréal & McGill University, Canada), I gave a talk last March about the writing of sleep. I was in conversation with Julie Flygare, President and CEO of Project Sleep. The video recording of the event is now available, you can watch it below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a new essay out in the book The Expanse and Philosophy: So Far Out into the Darkness. My essay, “’We had a garden and we paved it’: The Expanse and the Philosophy of the Anthropocene”, considers how the TV series The Expanse engages with issues of environmental ethics.
The chapter has been excerpted for the And Philosophy blog – you can read it here.
Read my essay “Literary Culture and Achievement Subjectivity from Gilmore Girls to A Year in the Life” in Post45 Contemporaries. The essay is part of a cluster on the New Literary Television, edited by Arin Keeble and Sam Thomas. In this piece I look at the TV series Gilmore Girls and its revival, exploring Rory Gilmore’s subjectivity through her relationship with reading.
I recorded an introduction to the second episode of “Sleep Stories”, a three-part podcast series inspired by the theme of sleep co-commissioned with Durham Book Festival as part of my research project, “Writing the Sleep Crisis”. Episode Two is “The Night Watch”, written and read by Jenn Ashworth. Listen here.