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Talk, Mon 23 Sep 2019, free entry

Dragon Hall Debates - Autumn 2019

Dragon Hall Debates - Autumn 2019

UEA in partnership with National Centre for Writing


Are we working too hard? Is burnout a phenomenon just for millennials, or have we always been pushed to our limits? There’s no doubt that we’re all feeling exhausted, but what is that lack of sleep actually doing to our bodies? In this debate, writer and journalist Dawn Foster will critique the notion of millennial burnout, UEA’s Dr Alpar Lazar will examine the link between lack of sleep and the onset of dementia, and author Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner will argue that exhaustion has always been a part of our collective narrative.
Dr Alpar Lazar is a lecturer and principle investigator in the School of Health Sciences, with a strong research interest in the significance of human sleep and circadian rhythmicity in brain health. Presently, Alpar is conducting ground-breaking research examining the impact of genetic risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease on sleep-wake regulation and cognition at the UEA Sleep and Brain Research Unit.
Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner is a literary critic, writer, and Reader in Comparative Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent. She is interested in the medical humanities, cultural history, the histories of sexuality, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and mind-body theory, and the author of Exhaustion: A History.
Dawn Foster is a writer and journalist. She is a columnist for The Guardian, and writes for the London Review of Books, New York Times, Dissent and Prospect, among other publications. She won the IBP Young Journalist of the Year award in 2014. Her book Lean Out (Repeater, 2015) was shortlisted for the 2017 Bread and Roses Award and her journalism was longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils.
The Dragon Hall Debates - presented by UEA and the National Centre for Writing - tackle the biggest questions in science, culture and politics. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome, and no prior knowledge is needed.

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Mon 23 Sep 2019 19:00 to 21:00


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115-123 King Street,


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Map reference: TG 235081  Lat: 52.62537 Long: 1.30154

By Road:
From the A47: Take exit for Norwich football ground. Turn right into Martineau Lane, left into Bracondale and right into King Street.

By Public Transport:
From Norwich station it is 5 minutes' walk to Dragon Hall.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Norwich station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities