Public Speaking

I have presented scholarly papers on my research at several academic conferences in the UK, the USA, and Europe. I continue to speak about my research in academic settings, but in the past few years I’ve also been focusing on bringing my work to a general audience. Find out about upcoming events and watch the recordings of some of my talks below.

I’m open to invitations for both academic and public talks

Areas of expertise include:

✓ Contemporary literature and popular culture

✓ Sleep and the sleep crisis in contemporary culture

✓ The Anthropocene and the climate crisis in contemporary culture

✓ Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narratives

✓ Utopias and dystopias

✓ Time in contemporary culture

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Upcoming Talks

26 May, 1:15pm MDT

Re-Imagining Sleep under Climate Breakdown

The Association for Philosophy and Literature 2022 conference, Banff, Canada

15-18 September

ASAP/13 (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present), UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

Past talks

Sleep Stories and the Science of Sleep

I chaired the launch event of the “Sleep Stories” commission at Durham Book Festival 2021 with Salena Godden, Professor Jason Ellis, and Dr Erik Hoel. The video below collects some highlights of our conversation.

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

A talk in Italian at MEETmeTONIGHT 2021, part of the European Researchers’ Night, a Europe-wide event that aims at making research accessible to the general public.

Are We in a Sleep Crisis? Perspectives from Contemporary Culture

An online public lecture I gave at The Lit & Phil in June 2021.

Forty Winks Café

An online public event on sleep health and contemporary culture I organised for Being Human Festival 2020, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. The event featured talks by myself, Professor Katy Shaw and Professor Jason Ellis, and was chaired by Claire Malcolm of New Writing North. Thanks to our attendees’ and speakers’ suggestions, we crowd-sourced a list of recommended books, films, and videos featuring sleep – you can download it here.

God After God: Coupland, McLuhan, and Divine Absence in the Digital Age

A writers’ panel organised by Image Journal for the online conference Douglas Coupland and the Art of the ‘Extreme Present’ (April 2021). Below you can watch my pre-recorded remarks and the live conversation featuring myself, Nick RipatrazoneMeghan O’Gieblyn, and Lisa Cockrel.

Thirty Years of Generation X

A video roundtable with myself, Andrew TateMary MacCampbellShumon Basar and Makoto Fujimura. This roundtable is part of a cluster of essays, published by ASAP/J in November 2020, celebrating the 2021 30-year anniversary of the publication of Douglas Coupland’s debut novel Generation X.

The “Apocalypse” of 9/11: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Talk at Liceo Banfi, Vimercate, Italy, May 2021. The talk is in English, with the introduction and Q&A in Italian.

“I don’t believe in the future. I think we’re all doomed”: The Contemporary Apocalyptic Imagination

Gold Room Lecture, Harlaxton College, November 2016.

Applying for Wellcome Trust Funding: My Experience

Talk at #ECRday2021: Academic Opportunities after the PhD: Postdocs, Fellowships & More, July 2021. The panel below features talks by myself, Dr Anna Pilz, and Dr Katie Mishler