Aldring i kulturhistorisk perspektiv: Litteratur, medisin, psykologi, juss


Sleep, Senescence, Subjectivity

Professor George Rousseaus årlige seminarserie vil finne sted 3.-5. oktober 2018 på Universitetet i Bergen.


Plakat for arrangementet



3 October

14:15 – 15:00: Professor Rousseau, ‘The Natural History and Poetics of Sleep’

• Introduction to the natural history and poetics of sleep: methodologies

• Is sleep a metaphor?  Comparison of sleep and memes as potential metaphors

• Why sleep is of especially monumental concern to the ageing and demented

• memory in the humanities and sciences: differences and overlaps

• A broad interdisciplinary approach to sleep in the humanities and sciences


15:15 – 16:00: Professor Rousseau, ‘Nocturia and the Nocturnal World of the Ageing’

• The nocturnal world of the elderly compared to the young

• dreams, nightmares, and the symbolism of night

• Nocturia and other nighttime despairs among the elderly well and the elderly sick

• Deep REM sleep and dream states among the elderly


4 October

14:15 – 15:00: Bjørn Bjorvaten [tba]

15:15 – 16:00: Professor Rousseau, ‘Contemporary Culture and the Current State of Sleep Science’

• Explanations of sleep and its deficits in 24/7 societies and cultures Western and Eastern

• How cultures collude to disturb sleep states in the various stages of life

• Adequate contexts for the broad spectrum of anxiety among the insomniac ageing

• Current conundrums about geriatric insomnia, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)


5 October

14:15 – 15:00: Inger Hilde Nordhus, ‘Sleep and Human Ageing in terms of health and regulation´

• Sleep and wakefulness in a life-span perspective – facts, myths and metaphors about sleep in late life

• Sleep in the ageing population – an important component for health and wellness

• How sleep fragmentation in dementia deteriorates the sleep-wakefulness rhythm – a process of individual vulnerability

• How novel interventions target the older person suffering from dementia – exposure to light in order to affect health and behaviour


15:15 – 1600: Professor George Rousseau reads from his new forthcoming memoir LIGHT SLEEP

• a personal memoir offering an historical and biographical account of a lifetime in search of deep sleep and its meanings

• combines sleep science and regimes of sleep therapy with literary and historical research

• the author reads passages from the memoir



References for the Seminars:

Ancoli-Israel, Sonia et al. Sleep in the Older Adult.  Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders, 2006.

Brewster, Glenna S. "Insomnia in the Older Adult." Sleep in Older Adults: A Special Issue of Sleep Medicine Clinics 13, no. 1 (20 March 2017): 13-19.

Carrai, Stefano. Ad Somnum: L'invocazione Al Sonno Nella Lirica Italiana.  Padova: Antenore, 1990.

Chekhov, Anton. "A Medical Case." In The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, edited by Garnett, Constance, 179-94. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2017.

Crary, Jonathan. 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep.  London: Verso, 2013.

Ekirch, A. Roger. At Day's Close: A History of Nighttime.  London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.

Foster, Russell G. and Steven W. Lockley. Sleep: A Very Short Introduction.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Greene, Gayle. Insomniac: A Fascinating Exploration of Insomnia for Sufferers and Practitioners.  London: Piatkus, 2014.

Handley, Sasha and Matthew Claudel. Sleep in Early Modern England: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.

Hardwick, Elizabeth. Sleepless Nights.  New York: Random House, 1979.

Koslofsky, Craig. Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe. New Studies in European History.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Lavie, P. The Enchanted World of Sleep.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

Mabin, Dominique and Philip Kolb. Le Sommeil De Marcel Proust.  Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1992.

Macnish, Robert. The Philosophy of Sleep.  Glasgow: n. p., 1830.

Makker, Himender, M. C. Walker, Hugh Selsick, Bhik Kotecha and Ama Johal. Oxford Case Histories in Sleep Medicine.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Mavromatis, Andreas. Hypnagogia: The Unique State of Consciousness between Wakefulness and Sleep.  London: Routledge, 1987.

Rose, Jacqueline. On Not Being Able to Sleep: Psychoanalysis and the Modern World.  London: Chatto & Windus, 2003.

Summers-Bremner, Eluned. Insomnia: A Cultural History.  New York: Reaktion Books, 2007.

Walker, Matthew P. Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams.  London: Allen Lane, 2017.

Wortham, Simon. The Poetics of Sleep: From Aristotle to Nancy.  London: Bloomsbury, 2014.