Sleep: Aspects and Approaches. Oxford 12-13 April 2011

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Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference (Rob Avis, Sarah Baccianti, Brian FitzGerald)
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This conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students. It is intended that a volume of proceedings comprising selected papers will appear in the Medium Ævum Monographs Series. Contributions are welcomed from diverse fields of research such as history of art and architecture, history, theology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and history of ideas.

Papers will be 20 minutes or less. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments please) to by 10th January 2011.

Suggested topics might include:

Dreams and dream vision; Nightmares; Interpretation of dreams
Sleeplessness and insomnia; Pharmacology of sleep
Architecture of bedrooms; Sleeping arrangements;
Where people sleep; Who people sleep with
Sleeping during the day, sleeping at night
Sleep paralysis
Eternal sleep
Induced sleep and coma; unconsciousness
The Seven Sleepers
Saints, sleeping and hagiography
Sleep-walking and sleep talking
Sleeping clothed and unclothed
Music, sleep and lullabies
Sleeping habits
Representation of sleep, dreams and nightmares in art and manuscripts

The conference fee is expected to be £30 dining, £10 non-dining. We hope to organise a conference banquet in Lincoln's lovely hall on the Tuesday night and will provide details of this as soon as they are available. All updates and further information can be obtained from