Lectures

I have plenty of experience presenting my own and the research of others, for a multitude of audiences, ranging from other academics, to highschool students and public events open to anyone.
So, in addition to what is written in the header, the lectures can be tailored to resonate with just about any audience, and to be given in various contexts.

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My Lectures are geared more towards places of education; colleges, universities, highschools and the older classes in primary school

Lectures on Embodied Identity and Diversity:

My main expertise is on embodied identity, a topic that emcompasses a lot of others, from gender and queer theory, to consumerism, stigmatization, sub-cultures and much more.

In this lecture my main focus will be to explain the positive impact of diversity and why it is so important, in this day and age, that we embrace diversity a lot more. Especially in regards to each others bodies and how we choose to embody what is important to us. Whether it is through a cultural dress, a religious symbolism, affiliation to a subculture or even just personal taste.

I will also get into, why it is important to our identity, both personally, socially and culturally, to be more in tuned with what we ourselves want to embody, rather than caving to societal and cultural pressures, that suggest what we should embody.

The end result will be that the audience gains a greater understanding of their own embodied identity and diversity. As well as gaining a deeper sense of tolerance and respect of others, and their uniqueness.

Lectures on Tattoo Culture:

With this lecture, my intention is to challenge people’s preconceptions of tattoos, the culture surrounding them and the people wearing them.
I aim to give an broad and detailed picture, of tattoos as both an aesthetic body-modification, as well as, as a social phenomenon.

The way I go about this, is through an account of the history of tattoos, mostly focusing on modern history, but with some throwbacks to ancient tattoo history as well, such as the ice mummy Ötzi and how ancient societies like the samoans or even greeks used tattoos and much more.

After that, I get into how tattoos have been viewed in contemporary society, the reasoning behind this and what misconceptions that were employed, throughout especially the 60’s-90’s, and in some cases even todaay. Using this information to give people an understanding of the stigma tattooed individuals are facing.

Then I start challenging these notions and perceptions of tattoos, by getting deeper into the social construction of them. I also build on this, by looking at what tattoos actually are, when viewed with a sociological and corporealist lense. Connecting the two to challenge the remaining stigmas regarding tattoos, as well as giving the audience a more complete idea, of what tattoos actually are and how they “work”.

Lectures on Tattoo Advice / Think Before you Ink:

This lecture was originally concieved in cooperation with the tattoo clinic, at the university hospital of bispebjerg (in copenhagen), and the reknowned medical researcher in the field Prof. Jørgen Serup.
It is a lecture aimed at young people especially, but it will probably resonate with most people who are still merely curious about tattoos, as well.

The lecture is all about helping the audience, make a more informed decision and to give them more knowledge, about how to go along with getting a tattoo. It is neither a scaretactic aimed as pushing young people away from tattoos, nor is it meant as a rallying cry aimed at pushing young people towards tattoos.

The lecture simply seeks to bestow a detailed backdrop of information, based in sociology and medical knowledge about tattoos, which will equip young people with all the information they need, to hopefully avoid any regrets. Whether they decide to get a tattoo in the future or not, where they might place it, how they think it may affect their career. No matter what, they will be equipped to better make this decision for themselves, and hopefully avoid any regrets.

This is why the lecture is called “Think before you ink”, cause that is all it aims to achieve, that people will reflect harder, and not just jump into it.