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Prof Jeremy Tanner
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Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PY
Appointment
  • Professor of Classical and Comparative Art
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Research Summary

My research incorporates sociological and anthropological approaches to art: development of the concept of expressive symbolism in Parsonian action theory, through synthesis with structuralism, pragmatism (Peirce, Mead) and ethology.  I also explore comparative approaches to ancient, especially Greek and Roman art: variation in processes of institutional and cultural differentiation in artistic systems (Greece, China, India, early modern Europe); comparative religious iconography and comparative approaches to portraiture.  My other research interests span art and archaeology: art as material culture; art and the representation of the past; tourism, heritage and the recycling of the classical past from the Renaissance to today.

Academic Background
1996 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1990 MA Master of Arts – Sociology University of Pennsylvania
1987 BA Bachelor of Arts – Classical Tripos University of Cambridge
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