Tattooing, brandmarking and scarifications have always been
present in different cultures throughout history of mankind.
The Conference, the first academic interdisciplinary
meeting on the topic, highlights the research conducted
so far in this field. It aims to draw special attention
to the importance of permanent body marks as an expression
Permanent body marks are signs with specific meanings,
which are executed coercively or voluntarily. They can
represent a social rank; identify ethnic affiliation, indicate
experience of religious pilgrimage or of a rite of passage,
display therapeutic points, they can also be a sign
of rebellion or diversity.
Scholars from all over the world will present the facets
of this ancient practice, as well as the history and language
of these symbols in different cultures. It remains a question
why body marks, permanent by definition, seem today
to follow short-living fashion trends.
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