Symbolic Bodies: Hands and Hair

Darian Leader, Emma Tarlo

26/02/2017 11:00 am
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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

Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. His books include Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing and What is Madness?

Emma Tarlo

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.

Anne Karpf


Anne Karpf is a sociologist and award-winning journalist, contributing regularly to The Guardian and other publications. Her books include How to Age, translated into ten languages, an acclaimed family memoir The War After: Living with the Holocaust and How Women Can Save the Planet. She is Professor of Life Writing and Culture at London Metropolitan University.

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