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Symbolic Bodies: Hands and Hair – Darian Leader & Emma Tarlo

Jewish Book Week 2017
Spoken Word / Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 11:00am / St Pancras Room
£7.50* / Multi-Event Discount Available

Darian Leader and Emma Tarlo unveil some of the mysteries of our bodies.

Psychoanalyst Darian Leader’s Hands: What We Do with Them – and Why is a fascinating odyssey through the history of what human beings do with their hands, drawing examples from popular culture, art history, psychoanalysis, technology and clinical research.

Anthropologist Emma Tarlo’s book Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair is full of surprising revelations and penetrating insights, from fashion and beauty to religion, politics, cultural identity and commercial exploitation.

Chaired by sociologist and author Anne Karpf.


Darian Leader
is a psychoanalyst and author. His books include Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us From Seeing; Why Do People Get Ill?; The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression; and What Is Madness?

Emma Tarlo is a professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She regularly gives public lectures worldwide and contributes to radio programmes and news articles. Her previous books include Clothing Matters – winner of the 1998 Coomaraswamy Prize – Unsettling Memories, and Visibly Muslim.

Anne Karpf is a writer and journalist. A regular broadcaster and contributor to national newspapers and magazines, she is a columnist for the JC and the author of The War After: Living With The Holocaust. She won a 2003 CRE Race in the Media award for her Guardian article: We’ve been here before.

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