A Joint Centre for Medical Humanities & School of Modern Languages Seminar and Roundtable Discussion

Birley Room Hatfield College, Durham, 12.00 – 2:00 pm

‘Sleep/Activity/Agency’ Chaired by Dr Caitríona Ní Dhúill and Dr Angela Woods


Prof Cressida Heyes (University of Alberta)
‘Sleeping Women, Wakeful Men: Gender, Rest, and Work’ 

Dr Felicity Callard (Durham University)
‘Rest: Crossing Brains, Minds, Bodies, Cities’

Dr Jenny Laws (Durham University)
‘A pro-active disposition: performing and practising active desire’


This roundtable discussion brings together three scholars working at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences. With reference to their new and ongoing research projects, Cressida Heyes, Felicity Callard and Jenny Laws will explore a constellation of terms (‘sleep, activity, agency’) through a variety of methods, modes of presentation, and theoretico-cultural frameworks. The discussion aims to trace new lines of contact and divergence between and across philosophy, gender and sexuality studies and medical humanities.

Lunch, tea and coffee provided. All are welcome, however we only have 25 places available and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis, registration is essential.

Please RSVP via email if you wish to attend. This event is open to all.

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