Sleep, Senescence, Subjectivity
Professor George Rousseaus årlige seminarserie vil finne sted 3.-5. oktober 2018 på Universitetet i Bergen.
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
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)
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
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING
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.