Threshold Worlds Workshop & Call for Papers

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Our project aims at an interdisciplinary charting of dreams: the transit of places, presences, emotions, and beliefs between waking life and dream states (permeability), their peculiar narrative texture (narrativity), the enveloping quality of dreamworlds (immersivity) and the difficulties of sharing all this outside our private dream life (reportability). We believe we need multiple disciplines to better explore these aspects of dreaming and dreams.

This workshop – both a celebration of what has been and a reflection of what we can do together in the future – will be an opportunity to test your ideas, proposals, half-baked theories and exploratory questions on oneiric matters and our nightly journey towards dreams and back. It is also a chance to hear from new voices and emerging scholars who are broadening the possibilities of dream research.

We hope for the workshop to have a genuine work-in-progress atmosphere, so we decided to offer, together with more standard 20-min slots, the option of 10-min slots for provocations or budding proposals. It would be good, but by no means mandatory, if you can tie your talk to one of the project’s clusters (i.e., permeability, narrativity, immersivity, reportability). For more information about the clusters, see here.

To submit a proposal, please send us a title and an abstract of no more than 150 words by the 27th of November to The workshop will be hosted on Zoom in the afternoons of December 9th and 10th, from 2-6pm (UK time).
We are very pleased to confirm that we will have Professor Tore Nielsen (University of Montreal), an expert in hypnagogic transitions into dreaming, giving a keynote on December 10th at 4pm.

For more information contact the project’s co-investigators: Dr. Marco Bernini ( & Dr. Ben Alderson-Day (

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09-12-20 @ 14:00 to
10-12-20 @ 18:00

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