One-day symposium, Lancaster University, Friday 11 September 2015
Organiser: Dr Michael Greaney (Dept. of English & Creative Writing, Lancaster University)
Funded by the Wellcome Trust
Keynote Lecture (Fylde LT1, 9.30am):
Professor Colin Espie (Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford): ‘What is Sleep and Why Does it Matter?’
Symposium (FASS Meeting Room 2, 11.30am-6pm): Please visit http://bit.ly/1PWWJu8 where a detailed schedule will shortly be uploaded. Speakers will include:
Dr Sasha Handley (History, University of Manchester); Prof. Hilary Hinds (English & Creative Writing, Lancaster University); Mr Patrick Levy (Philosophy, University of Sussex); Dr Penny Lewis (Psychology, University of Manchester); Dr William Maclehose (History of Science, University College London); Dr Rob Meadows (Sociology, University of Surrey); Dr Brigitte Steger (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge); Dr Stephen Thomson (English Literature, University of Reading)
Everybody knows that sleep is valuable. No one seriously denies that regular periods of slumber are a worthwhile and indeed indispensable part of what it is to be human. However, accounts of the value of human slumber vary enormously. Proverbially, we know that good sleeping habits make a person "healthy, wealthy and wise" -- which is to say that sleep is deemed to have medical value, economic value, and cognitive value. But by what standard do we measure the relative value of these different kinds of value? Are they seamlessly compatible, or are there tensions, frictions or trade-offs between them? Are these values variable in different social and/or historical contexts? Are the sleep values of a given society always necessarily an expression of its waking priorities? Must sleep always be understood in terms of the services it performs to wakefulness (e.g. as a boost to alertness or daytime productivity) rather than as an end in itself? And might there be something in sleep that resists evaluation --whether in aesthetic, ethical, financial, functionalist or utilitarian terms? “Sleep Values” will address these questions by inviting researchers from a range of different disciplines to reflect on what their research tells us about the value of sleep.
Attendance at the symposium is free but places are limited. If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place. Please indicate in your message if you would like to attend the keynote lecture (Fylde LT1), the symposium (FASS MR2), or both.