Cressida Heyes Phd


Some of the conference presentations and public lectures I’ve given over the past few years:


“Sleep, Agency, and Work: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis.” Work-in-progress talk, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University.

“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: Dreaming, Doing, and Work,” Philopolis conference keynote address, Montreal; and public lecture, Kings College London.

“Sleep is the New Sex.” Pecha Kucha at “Sleep Share” on World Sleep Day, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta.

“Anaesthetic Time: Everyday Addictions and Moms Who Need Wine.” Paper at Temporal Belongings Conference, University of Edinburgh.


“We’re Not Dreamers, We’re Doers: Sleep in the Neoliberal Imaginary.” Public lecture, School of Gender Studies and Communication, University of Melbourne.

“Keeping Up and Spacing Out: The Lived Experience of Time as Politics,” Ongoing Legacies of Discrimination and Violence International Research Network, University of Adelaide.

“Anaesthetic Temporality: Junk Time, Slow Death, and Moms Who Need Wine.” Invited plenary lecture, Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy, Ryerson University, Toronto.

“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: Work and Agency in Political Imagination.” Department of Sociology speakers’ series, Carleton University.

“Go the F**k to Sleep: A Political Theorist Reads Advice to Parents.” Work-in-progress seminar, Department of Women’s Studies, Carleton University.

“Does Sleep Have a Feminist Future?” Feminist Utopias: Transforming the Present of Philosophy, Reykjavik and Skálholt, Iceland.


“Addiction Lite: Everyday Anaesthetic Time.” Somatechnics 10. Southern Cross University, Byron Bay, Queensland.

“Justification, Pluralism, and Disciplinary Discontents.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy. Mount Allison University, NB.

“Go the F*ck to Sleep: A Political Theorist Reads Advice to Parents.” Trans*Studies: An Interdisciplinary Transnational Conference on Gender, Embodiment, and Sexuality. University of Arizona.

Author Meets Critics panel on Ami Harbin’s Disorientation and Moral Life. Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Mount Allison University, NB.

“Sleep is the New Sex.” Public lecture at Grant McEwan University, Edmonton, and conference keynote at Thomson Rivers University, Kamloops.


“Skin White as Snow: Corpse Chic, Race, and Sexual Violence.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Florida; and at Appalachian State University, North Carolina.

Author-meets-critics panel on Ellen Feder’s book, Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine, Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy.

“Philosophy and Pluralism: Canadian Edition.” Hypatia/Committee on the Status of Women Conference, Villanova University, PA.

“Sleep is The New Sex.” Pecha Kucha at “What Do Feminists Do After Dark?” Women’s and Gender Studies performance night, Edmonton.

“A Phenomenology of the Harms of Rape While Unconscious.” Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, Pacific American Philosophical Association, Vancouver.

Author-meets-critics panel on Karen Houle’s book, Complexity, Responsibility, and Abortion. Pacific American Philosophical Association, Vancouver.

“Dead to the World: Rape, Unconsciousness, and Social Media.” Concepts of Self: Humanities Institute Lecture Series, Scripps College, Claremont.

“Anaesthetics of Existence: Temporality after Discipline.” Victoria Colloquium on Social, Legal, and Political Theory, University of Victoria.


“Sleep, ‘Night’, and Bodily Anonymity: The Harms of Rape While Unconscious.” Durham University.

“Feminist Philosophy as a Critical Activity.” Civic Freedom in an Age of Diversity: James Tully’s Public Philosophy. Université du Québec a Montréal.

“Sexual Awakenings? Gender and Unconsciousness.” Schula Lecturer, John Carroll University.

“For What We Will: Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Work Time.” Brooklyn College, CUNY.


“Against Productivity: Toward a Feminist Phenomenology of Work Time.” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene.

“Why Sleep? A Feminist Philosophical Answer.” philoSOPHIA @ Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene.

“Norms of Agency, Plural: The Case of Work.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Tempe.

“The Vigilant Feminist: A Temporal Politics of Work and Rest.” Robert Harris Memorial Lecture in Social and Political Theory, Miami University Ohio.

“Bad Timing: Body Politics, Temporality, and Citizen Life.” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association, Chicago.

“Lived Experience: A Dialogue between Cressida Heyes and Johanna Oksala.” Plenary at Bios: Feminist Philosophies of Life. philoSOPHIA, Banff.

“The Existential Politics of Time: Feminist/Anti-Racist/Critical Perspectives.” Symposium convened at Canadian Philosophical Association meeting, Victoria 2013 (with Alia Al-Saji, Ada Jaarsma, Kristin Rodier). Paper: “Sleepy Time: Toward a Feminist Political Philosophy of Sleep.”