Monday, July 4, 2016

[HKAS seminar] At the edge of sleep: Insomnia, Time and Social Lives in Hong Kong

Title: At the edge of sleep: Insomnia, Time and Social Lives in Hong Kong
Speaker: David Tong (M.Phil. research student, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Date and time: 7 July 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui


We all sleep; sleep is also commonly understood as an innate and private behavior devoid of socialization. Ethnographic studies of sleep in different societies however reveal its cultural variations. Together they join the force in questioning the 8 hours sleep, which is commonly naturalized and mythicized in post-industrial societies. Such a conceptual turn further invites us to reconsider the contemporary experiences of insomnia, which affects at least 1/10 of Hong Kong population. How is our distress over the loss of sleep exacerbated by the allocation of sleep in our society? Being at the edge of sleep, insomnia does not only entail individual distress, but further the social and temporal misalignment with the society. Yet in the process of mediating such misalignment, we will also discuss how people involve in the alternative ways of everyday life.

Following the talk, you are invited to a self-paying dinner with the speaker.

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