Jamie Jelinski is an interdisciplinary scholar and PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. He holds an M.A. in Art History from Concordia University (2015) and a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Regina (2013). Using visual and material culture, archival sources, and oral histories, Jelinski’s doctoral research investigates the professionalization of tattooing in Canada from the 1890s to the 1970s. For this work, he is the recipient of the Senator Frank Carrel Scholarship (2015-16), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015-16), and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2016-19). During Fall 2017, with the assistance of a SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2016), he spent several months researching in England while based at the University of Essex’s School of Philosophy and Art History. In Spring 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at NSCAD University, where he taught an undergraduate course on the global histories of tattooing. He also taught a class entitled “Media and the Arts” in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University during Winter 2018. Jelinski’s research contributions includes published and forthcoming articles in Visual Anthropology (Vol. 30, No. 4), Journal of Canadian Studies (Vol. 52, No. 2) and Études/Inuit/Studies (Vol. 41, No. 2).

Research Interests

histories of tattooing in Canada; the body and its representation/documentation; visual and material culture of cities; visual and material culture of crime; urban social history; archives; 20th century Canadian studies; methodology