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Prof Jeremy Tanner
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
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  • 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   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1990   Master of Arts University of Pennsylvania
1987   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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