June 4th, 2013
April 24th~26th, 2013
Paper presentation at the Probing The Skin conference at The University of Jena, Germany: Roses and Daggers: Expressions of Emotional Pain and Devotion in Nineteenth Century Tattoos. Click here to download the full conference programme.
October 24th, 2012
I once again took to the comedy stage at Bloomsbury Theatre for another great evening of academic standup at the Bright Club, alongside Angela McShane, Brendan Clarke
Chris Arridge, Steven Gray, Tom Manly, Richard North, Simon Jolly, Anna Maerker and Hannah Fry.
October 17th, 2012
Invited talk on memorial tattoos in the Wellcome Collection at Tattoos: The New Memento Mori?, part of the evening seminar programme at St. Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum. Speaking alongside artist Sandra Ann Vita Minchin, who plans to have one of her own tattoos preserved postmortem.
September 8th, 2012
Invited talk and panel discussion at The Last Tuesday Society, as part of the Congress for Curious Peoples, 11am~5:30pm. A one day symposium featuring a host of scholars, writers, and practitioners exploring in panels, illustrated lectures and discussion the intersections explored by the exhibition “Ecstatic Raptures and Immaculate Corpses: Visions of Death Made Beautiful.” Themes discussed included enchantment and enlightenment, or the sublimation of the magical into the rational world; the secret life of objects, or the non-rational allure of objects and the psychology of collecting; and beautiful death and incorruptible bodies, or the shared drive to immortalize the human body and aestheticize death in both medicine and Catholicism.
September 17th , 2012
Invited public lecture at The Last Tuesday Society: The Body as Book: Tattoos, Text & The Flayed Body. Lecture series curated by Joanna Ebenstein.
Further details and tickets can be found here.
August 17th~19th, 2012
June 29th, 2012
May 6th, 2012
April 25th, 2012
April 2nd, 2012
Following on from the Association of Art Historians annual conference at the end of March, at which colleague Dr. Matt Lodder and I co-convened a panel on art historical approaches to the tattoo, University College London History of Art Department hosted a one-day public seminar, Tattoo Art History on April 2nd, 2012.
January 29th, 2012
Invited presentation at the 5th Annual Brighton Tattoo Convention: Life & 6 Months: Tattoo Collecting in the Nineteenth Century.
August 26th 2011
Making my first foray into the world of stand-up comedy at London’s Bright Club – ‘the thinking person’s variety night.’ Discussing sailors, tattoos and human-skin jigsaws puzzles!
May 9th, 2011
Invited seminar presentation at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine: Marking the Criminal Body: Degeneration and Tattooing in Nineteenth Century France.
Find out more about the ongoing Damaging the Body seminar series here.
July 22nd, 2010
To coincide with the Wellcome Collection exhibition, Skin, I was invited to present a public talk on my research on the history of the Wellcome tattooed human skins. The exhibition ran from June 10th to September 26th 2010, and featured seven of the tattoos from the core collection of 300.