Historical Social Research (HSR) 48 (2023), 2

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Historical Social Research (HSR) 48 (2023), 2
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Sleep, Knowledge, Technology

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Philip Jost Janssen, Knowledge Exchange & Outreach, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Special Issue: Sleep, Knowledge, Technology. Studies of the Sleep Lab, Sleep Tracking and Beyond (ed. Hannah Ahlheim, Dariuš Zifonun & Nicole Zillien)

We all sleep; sleep is a biological necessity. Sleep is therefore all too often described as a purely physiological phenomenon – and thus understood as quite limited in its susceptibility to being shaped by social and cultural factors. Sleep habits and sleep disturbances vary, however, sometimes considerably, across centuries, social classes, and cultures. Accordingly, sleep can be shaped, which in the so-called knowledge society happens in particular through scientific knowledge and technologies.

In our HSR Special Issue, “Sleep, Knowledge, Technology,” we analyse the ways in which scientists, experts, and laypeople as well as mere sleepers are “doing sleep.” We bring together nine contributions that explore how knowledge about sleep is produced, what role scientific knowledge and technologies play in this process, which forms of sleep knowledge people view as valid, and how such attributions of validity are legitimized.

The first cluster of articles in our special issue analyses practices of knowledge fabrication in the sleep lab, the second explores the extent to which sleep knowledge depends on the context in which it is produced (e.g., experimental spaces, exhibitions, arctic nights), and the third cluster studies sleep-tracking devices and practices. With this special issue, we want to contribute not least to a better understanding of a society that is massively shaped by scientific knowledge and digital technologies.



Hannah Ahlheim, Dariuš Zifonun & Nicole Zillien
Sleep, Knowledge, Technology. An Introduction.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.13

Julia Vorhölter
Sleeping with Strangers – Techno-Intimacies and Side-Affects in a German Sleep Lab.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.14

Dariuš Zifonun, Svenja Reinhardt & Sebastian Weste
Rescaling the Patient. The Diagnosis of Sleep-Related Problems in the Sleep Laboratory.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.15

Hannah Ahlheim & Jonathan Holst
“Masters” of Time. Chrono-Biologizing Sleep in the 20th Century.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.16

Julie Sascia Mewes
Matters of Sleep. Sleep Timing Devices Towards a “Sleep of Any Time.”.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.17

Mina Lunzer
Sleep as Movement/Sleep as Stillness. Colliding “Objects” at the Scientific Exhibition Dreamstage (1977).
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.18

Ben Lyall and Bjørn Nansen
Redefining Rest: A Taxonomy of Contemporary Digital Sleep Technologies.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.19

Nicole Zillien, Nico Wettmann & Frederik Peper
Sleep Experiments. Knowledge Production through Self-Tracking.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.20

Diletta De Cristofaro & Simona Chiodo
Quantified Sleep: Self-Tracking Technologies and the Reshaping of 21st-Century Subjectivity.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.21

Christine Hine, Robert Meadows & Gary Pritchard
The Interactional Uses of Evidenced Sleep: An Exploration of Online Depictions of Sleep Tracking Data.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.48.2023.22

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