Noli Me Tangere

Touch Me Not

Noli me tangere“touch me not” (or “Do not hold/grasp me” in the Greek).

These words from John 20:17, spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene after her discovery of the empty tomb, take on curious resonances in the epoch of COVID-19, with its prohibitions on touching and imperatives around social distancing.

We wish to ask how we might consider noli me tangere in this moment—this long moment being shaped by the pandemic.

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Noli Me Tangere was founded by Jeremy Biles, Alex Brown, J. Kameron Carter, and Winni Sullivan. Its project manager is Luca Fitzgerald.