Some people think women getting tattooed more than men is a new trend, but tattoos didn't start with the Hells Angels and have not always been a predominantly male concern. Can the prevalence of female tattooing in the west today through globalisation and feminism help us to understand the position of women in society when Western civilisation was beginning? Emily Poelina-Hunter examines female tattooing in Cycladic culture which flourished 5000 years ago, exploring socio-political commonalities between ancient and modern female tattooing.


Emily Poelina-Hunter is a tattooed Aboriginal feminist in the final months of her PhD at The University of Melbourne. Her thesis is on prehistoric tattooing and anthropomorphic art in Early Cycladic culture (ca. 3200-2000 BCE). During her PhD candidature Emily has done archaeological fieldwork in Israel, the Republic of Georgia, Turkey, Greece, and the Cycladic Islands. Most recently, she was a lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Unit at RMIT University, teaching Indigenous Policy, Indigenous Studies, and guest lecturing in Intercultural Communication. 

9:30 PM @Bar Ampere, 16 Russell Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.

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