UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


Sacred Ink online lecture series

24 February 2022

A free online lecture series called "Sacred Ink: Body Marking Through the Ages" is coming to HJS in Spring 2022

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We are pleased to announce that the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London, is hosting the Sacred Ink eLecture series, which focuses on body marking for ritualistic, aesthetic, and other benign purposes throughout the ages, from Ancient Egypt up to the present day. The eLectures take place each Wednesday from 27 April until 8 June 2022 from 16:00 until 17:00 BST (London) via Zoom. We are delighted to invite you to this free online event and we look forward to seeing you in one of the meetings.

Co-Organizers: Dr Alinda Damsma, Prof Lily Kahn, Mx Casey MacKenzie Johnson

Please note the lectures will not be recorded.

Full Programme PDF here

27 April: The Masculine Body as Property of His God Dr Sandra Jacobs (Leo Baeck College / King’s College London)

4 May: From Property to Belonging and Beyond: Mesopotamian Body Marks revised Julia Giessler (University of Helsinki)

18 May: Edward VII's Jerusalem Pilgrimage Tattoo in the Context of British Tattoo History Dr Matt Lodder (University of Essex) 

25 May: Is There Such a Thing as a Kosher Tattoo? Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman (West London Synagogue)

1 June: Revealing the Practice of Tattooing in Ancient Egypt Dr Anne Austin (University of Missouri—St. Louis)

8 June: (rescheduled) Tattoos in Jewish languages Prof. Lily Kahn (UCL) and Prof. Aaron Rubin (Penn State University)

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