CFP: Inked Up Marked Out – An Exploration into Tattooing, Identity and Culture

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Inked Up, Marked OutAn Exploration into Tattooing, Identity and Culture

A collaborative event run by The Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London, The University of York and Royal Museums Greenwich

Date:   Friday 12th May 2023 (timings tbc)

Location: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (in person) / Hybrid (via Zoom)

This one-day symposium is focused on bringing together academic researchers and other interested parties working on, or researching in, the area of tattoos, tattooing practice, tattooed communities and tattoos/wellbeing. It will offer insights on using tattooing as a means of exploring the themes of identity and self-expression through the use of mark making on the body. We invite papers, panels, provocations, creative interventions or stories that explore the theme of ‘tattoo’. Papers may include (but are definitely not limited to!) topics such as:

●      The historical development of tattooing

●      The use of tattoos as devices within literature

●      Tattooing and branding within marginalised groups and within power relationships

●      Representation of tattoos in media and popular culture

●      The relationship between art/photography and tattooing

●      Celebrity and tattooing

●      Perspectives of gender, class and race and the relationship

●      The visual language of tattoos

●      Tattooing as work

●      The material culture of tattooing

●      Tattooing and fandom

●      What it means to be tattooed

Papers providing an interdisciplinary perspective are highly encouraged, as are papers which explore different historical periods and geographical regions. We welcome both traditional and non-traditional conference paper formats, alongside submissions from academics (including postgraduate and early career researchers) and non-academics alike. We are also hoping to hold a public engagement event in the afternoon/evening, which offers the opportunity for more creative interventions into the topic theme. 

For individual contributions, please send an abstract (approx. 200 words) and a short biographical note (approx. 100 words) to the organisers: inkedupmarkedout@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 28th February 2023.

Please indicate whether you would prefer to present online or in person and if you would like to be considered for a travel bursary. We are hoping to be able to offer a limited number of travel bursaries to support attendance. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please include a short 150-200 word statement including your career stage, how far you are travelling, if you have access to any other funding and why you would like to attend ‘Inked Up, Marked Out’. Priority will be given to those without access to any other funds.

For information or assistance please contact Sarah Weston at inkedupmarkedout@gmail.com

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