This special issue explores the production, application, and legitimation of knowledge about sleep. We aim to investigate which kinds of knowledge are capable of certainty and how these bodies of knowledge circulate beyond the boundaries of the laboratory and enter everyday life. The special issue will bring together both empirical and theoretical articles on sleep knowledge. With an interdisciplinary focus on sleep knowledge, we encourage applications from scholars in history, the social sciences, anthropology, as well as other related fields.
Specifically, we invite proposals for papers from three interwoven perspectives:
• historical analysis of the production of sleep knowledge in laboratories,
• ethnographic studies of the current sleep laboratory, and
• analysis of everyday sleep tracking practices.
Themes might include:
• Negotiations of 'certainty' and 'objectivity' of sleep knowledge.
• Significance of 'measuring' for the ideas of 'good' sleep.
• The interplay of number-based objectivity and bodily subjectivity.
• Roles researchers, subjects, and technologies play(ed) in a (self-)experimental setting.
• Methods, norms, standards, and modes of knowledge spreading beyond the laboratory.
For more information, please read the offical Call for Papers (139 kB).
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2022. Please submit your proposals in the form of an abstract (approx. 3,000 characters). Invited authors will be informed by February 15, 2022 and asked to submit their working papers (40,000-60,000 characters) by September 1, 2022 for the authors’ conference. The authors’ conference serves as a collaborative review process for the intensive exchange and critical examination of the submitted contributions. The conference will be held in smaller, thematically focused online groups on October 6 and 7, 2022 respectively. We will provide for cross-reviewing as part of the workshops: Ideally, each author will comment in writing on the submitted paper of another author and, if necessary, review it again after resubmission. The final version of the articles should then be submitted by the end of November 2022. This special issue of Historical Social Research is scheduled for release in early 2023.
For questions regarding the special issue, please contact the editors: editors(at)schlafwissen(dot)net.
Please submit your proposal (approx. 3,000 characters) by January 31, 2022 to: