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“Pandemic Dreams – Notes From an Online Research Project in the Summer of COVID-19”

Welcome to our first virtual speaker series event of the year!

Join Erica Kilius (PhD Student, Anthropology), Leela McKinnon (PhD Student, Anthropology), and Noor Abbas (MSc Student, Anthropology) as they discuss their COVID-19 and Sleep study conducted this summer, funded through the University of Toronto Student Engagement Awards.

While their lab typically explores sleep through quantitative, biological measure, the team pursued dreams and their interpretation to help illuminate the individual sleep experiences of University of Toronto students during the early days of the pandemic. In doing so, they also sought to identify and explain collective experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might be shaping dream content and understanding.

In this talk, Erica, Leela, and Noor will discuss how the concept and funding for this project came about, as well as describe the survey process, interviews, and analysis methodology. By pursuing experimental methods that extend beyond their usual Evolutionary Anthropology wheel house, the team invites colleagues from within anthropology and across disciplines to engage with their process and findings and participate in some collective dream interpretation with them on October 7th!

When: Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 from 5:00-7:00pm

Please register below. Only registered participants will receive the Zoom information. You will receive an email with the Zoom details at approximately 4:00PM EST, one hour before the event, on Wednesday, October 7th.


You can learn more about the preliminary findings from this study here:

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