Dragon Hall Debates: Exhaustion
Are we working too hard? Is burnout a phenomenon just for millennials, or have we always been pushed to our limits? There’s no doubt that we’re all feeling exhausted, but what is that lack of sleep actually doing to our bodies?
In this debate, writer and journalist Dawn Foster will critique the notion of millennial burnout, UEA’s Dr Alpar Lazar will examine the link between lack of sleep and the onset of dementia, and author Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner will argue that exhaustion has always been a part of our collective narrative.
Doors open for all events at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Suitable for ages 16+.
Dawn Foster is a writer and journalist. She is a columnist for The Guardian, and writes for the London Review of Books, New York Times, Dissent and Prospect, among other publications. She won the IBP Young Journalist of the Year award in 2014. Her book Lean Out (Repeater, 2015) was shortlisted for the 2017 Bread and Roses Award and her journalism was longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils.
Dr Alpar Lazar is a lecturer and principle investigator in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia, with a strong research interest in the significance of human sleep and circadian rhythmicity in brain health. Presently, Alpar is conducting ground-breaking research examining the impact of genetic risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease on sleep-wake regulation and cognition at the UEA Sleep and Brain Research Unit.
Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner is a literary critic, writer, and Reader in Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent. She is interested in the medical humanities, cultural history, the histories of sexuality, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and mind-body theory, and the author of Exhaustion: A History.
The free Dragon Hall Debates series, presented jointly by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing, tackles a range of topical scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome.