GIR Colloquium Series | Vegans and their Tattoos

19 September, 2018
1:00pm - 2:30pm


This seminar reports on the first iteration of ethnographic interviews with vegan Australians who sport vegan tattoos. The role of tattooing and other forms of body modification have been observed in a range of subcultures, deviant and non-deviant, but the nature of vegan tattooing remains unexplored to date. Vegans represent a broad group of people with different interpretations of what veganism means, and views on their relations with the wider, non-vegan community. Initial results focus on the nature of vegan tattoos as material products (vegan inks), community membership signals, personal remembrances, intersectionality, and co-productions. The need for further research on ex-vegans and vegan tattooists is explored, and methodological difficulties identified.


About the speaker:

Dr Peter John Chen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His work focuses on Australian politics and political communication, and human-animal relations.


Location: Room 498 Merewether building, Butlin Avenue, University of Sydney