Jamie Jelinski is an interdisciplinary scholar and PhD student 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 professional tattooing’s public history in Canada from the 1890s to the 1970s. More broadly, he is interested in the relationship between social and cultural groupings, bodies, and archives in a Canadian geographic context. For his doctoral work Jelinski 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). Other recent awards he has received include the inaugural David Edney Research Travel Award (2016), the Graduate Dean’s Doctoral Field Travel Grant (2017), and a SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2016) that he took up during Fall 2017 at the University of Essex’s School of Philosophy and Art History. In Spring 2017 he spent three months in Halifax researching for his dissertation as a Visiting Scholar at NSCAD University, where he also taught an undergraduate course on the global histories of tattooing. During Winter 2018, he taught a course entitled Media and the Arts in Queen’s University’s Department of Film and Media. Jelinski has presented his work at numerous academic conferences, including the annual meetings of the Canadian Historical Association (2017; 2018), the Universities Art Association of Canada (2015; 2016), the Canadian Communication Association (2016), and the Popular Culture Association of Canada (2015). He has published and forthcoming articles in Visual Anthropology (Vol. 30, No. 4), Journal of Canadian Studies (Vol. 52, No. 2), and Études/Inuit/Studies (Vol. 40, 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