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Jeremy Tanner

Research Interests

  • 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.
  • 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; comparative approaches to portraiture
  • 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.

Research Directory Records


  • Faces Across the North Sea: Viking Art in Norway and England 700-1300. Collaborative Project between the Institute of Archaeology UCL, and the Institute of Archaeology University of Trondheim.

Educational Background

  • BA Classics, Cambridge University 1987
  • Thouron Scholar, University of Pennsylvania 1987/8, Graduate Studies in Anthropology, Communications and Sociology
  • 1990 MA Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1990-1996: Graduate Studies in Social and Political Science and Classics, University of Cambridge
  • 1996 PhD, University of Cambridge, The Invention of Art History: Religion, Society and Artistic Differentiation in Comparative Historical Perspective.

Current Students

  • Felipe Armstong Human representation in Rapa Nui Art. Discussing personhood through aesthetic (joint supervision with Sue Hamilton)
  • Victoria Donnellan The role of collections of classical antiquities in UK regional museums (joint supervision with Theano Moussouri)
  • Matilda Duncker Egyptianising funerary monuments in Victorian Britain: a social analysis (joint supervision with David Wengrow)
  • Oliver Lown Colonial art in the iron age Mediterranean from a comparative Perspective: Greece, Rome and Phoenicia (joint supervision with Corinna Riva)
  • Sanja Vucetic Patterns of iconographic representations of human sexual activity and mythological erotic pursuits on Roman terracotta mould-made lamps and Terra Sigillata (joint supervision with Andrew Gardner)

Second Supervisor

  • Tessa Robinson The cultural and social significance of knots amongst the Ancient Maya (principal supervisor Elizabeth Graham)

Previous Students

  • Sue Brunning The 'Living' sword in Anglo-Saxon England and Scandinavia c.500-1100: An interdisciplinary study (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds)
  • Dimitra Christidou Does 'pointing at' in museum exhibitions make a point?: Research of visitors' embodied responses and their use in measuring participation and meaning - making (principal supervisor Theano Moussouri)
  • Sophy Downes The aesthetics of Empire in Athens and Persia (joint supervision with Amelie Kuhrt (History), second supervisor David Wengrow)
  • Ahmed Mekawy Ouda Weret-hekau "great of magic" in the religious landscape of ancient Egypt (principal supervisor Stephen Quirke)
  • Susan Poole Gender roles and relations in the Aegean Bronze Age interpreted from the gestures, postures and inter-relational placement depicted in the imagery of frescoes, glyptics and three-dimensional artefacts (joint supervision with Cyprian Broodbank)

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