Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Felicity Callard, Kimberley Staines, James Wilkes
    Pages 1-7 Open Access
  3. Minds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Ben Alderson-Day, Felicity Callard
      Pages 11-17 Open Access
    3. Hilary Powell
      Pages 19-26 Open Access
    4. Hazel Morrison
      Pages 27-34 Open Access
    5. Felicity Callard
      Pages 35-41 Open Access
    6. Charles Fernyhough, Ben Alderson-Day
      Pages 43-50 Open Access
    7. H. Pester, James Wilkes
      Pages 51-57 Open Access
  4. Bodies

  5. Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY license.

This interdisciplinary book contains 22 essays and interventions on rest and restlessness, silence and noise, relaxation and work. It draws together approaches from artists, literary scholars, psychologists, activists, historians, geographers and sociologists who challenge assumptions about how rest operates across mind, bodies, and practices. Rest’s presence or absence affects everyone. Nevertheless, defining rest is problematic: both its meaning and what it feels like are affected by many socio-political, economic and cultural factors. The authors open up unexplored corners and experimental pathways into this complex topic, with contributions ranging from investigations of daydreaming and mindwandering, through histories of therapeutic relaxation and laziness, and creative-critical pieces on lullabies and the Sabbath, to experimental methods to measure aircraft noise and track somatic vigilance in urban space. The essays are grouped by scale of enquiry, into mind, body and practice, allowing readers to draw new connections across apparently distinct phenomena.

The book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines in the social sciences, life sciences, arts and humanities.

Felicity Callard is Director of Hubbub, The Hub at Wellcome Collection, UK and Professor in Social Science for Medical Humanities at Durham University, UK.

Kimberley Staines is Project Coordinator at Hubbub, The Hub at Wellcome Collection, UK and an employee of Durham University, UK, with a background in law and publishing.

James Wilkes is Associate Director of Hubbub, The Hub at Wellcome Collection, UK. He is a poet, writer and Senior Researcher at the Department of Geography, Durham University, UK.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Felicity Callard
    • 1
  • Kimberley Staines
    • 2
  • James Wilkes
    • 3
  1. 1.Durham University DurhamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Durham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Durham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45263-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45264-7
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