Sleep Salon 11: The Politics of Sleep, w/ Cressida Heyes & Saodat Ismailova


 Cressida Heyes (University of Alberta)

 Saodat Ismailova (Artist & Filmmaker)

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Wed, 16 November 2022, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM MST

What space does sleep occupy in a politics of experience? Often conceived as a retreat from the social and communal, how is sleep becoming increasingly a space for a more expansive sense of the work of the political beyond the question of “rights”? In this sleep salon, we consider sleep as a site of politics in dialogue with feminism, violence, desire, memory and exhaustion.

Cressida Heyes, author of Anaesthetics of Existence: Essays on Experience at the Edge (Duke UP, joins us from the University of Alberta to discuss their new project, “Sex is the New Sleep” and the epistemological demands of the “unlived” experience of sleep.

Artist Saodat Ismailova, who works between Taskkent and Paris, will discuss the place of sleep as retreat and engagement in her work as part of a generation of post-Soviet artists from Central Asia. Across film and installation in works such as Zukhra (2013) and Chillahona (2022), the resting body of women creates not a withdrawal from the political, but its expansion through time, space and affect.

“Canadian Club: On Birth and Political Membership in a Settler Society”

Lois Harder, Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria
January 6, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. MST in Tory 14-28
Bio: Lois Harder is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. Her research and teaching focuses on citizenship law, social policy and the regulation of intimate life. She has recently completed a book project, entitled Canadian Club: Birthright and Belonging which examines Canada’s citizenship laws, the Lost Canadians, and the complexities of birthright citizenship. The book is forthcoming in the Fall of 2022 from the University of Toronto Press. She is also the co-editor, with Catherine Kellogg and Steve Patten, of Neoliberal Contentions: Diagnosing the Present also forthcoming with UofT Press.

"Rethinking Migration Studies in the New Global Context”

Anna Triandafyllidou, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Toronto Metropolitan University
Feb 16, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Tory 12-15

Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). Prior to joining TorontoMet in August 2019, she held a Robert Schuman Chair at the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. She is Editor of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. A sociologist by training, her interdisciplinary interests encompass issues of global governance of migration, irregular migration, asylum, highly skilled migration, labour market dynamics, national identity and cultural and religious diversity, as well as media and political discourses.