- Sociological and anthropological
approaches to art: development of the concept of expressive symbolism in
Parsonian action theory, through synthesis with structuralism, pragmatism
- 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
- 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
- BA Classics, Cambridge University
- Thouron Scholar, University of
Pennsylvania 1987/8, Graduate Studies in Anthropology, Communications and
- 1990 MA Sociology, University
- 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.
- Tanner, J. (2011). "Race in classical art", Apollo Vol. clxxiii, no. 584: 24-29
- Tanner, J. (2010). "Michael Baxandall and the sociological interpretation of art", Cultural Sociology 4.2: 231-56. (Winner of the Sage Cultural Sociology Prize).
- Tanner, J. (2010). "Race and representation in ancient art: Black Athena and after", in David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates jr. eds. The Image of the Black in Western Art, volume 1: From the Pharaohs the Fall of the Roman Empire. Harvard, Belknap Press. Pp. 1-39.
- Tanner, J. (2010). "A muvesz szociologiaja", Korunk XXI.5: 40-46. (Hungarian translation of "The sociology of the artist", in J. Tanner ed. 2003. The Sociology of Art: a Reader. Routledge, London. Pp. 105-111).
- Tanner, J. (2010). "Aesthetics and art history writing in comparative historical perspective", Arethusa 43.2: 267-88.
- Tanner, J. (2009). "Ancient Greece: early China. Sino-hellenic studies and comparative approaches to the classical world", Journal of Hellenic Studies 129: 89-109
- Tanner, J. (2009). "Karl Mannheim and Alois Riegl: from art history to the sociology of culture", Art History 32.4: 755-784.
- Tanner, J. (2007). Portraits and agency: a comparative view. in Osborne,R., Tanner, J. (ed.) Art's Agency and Art History. New Interventions in Art History series. London and New York: Blackwells, 1-226. ISBN: 9781405135375
- Tanner ,J., Osborne, R. (2007), Art's Agency and Art History,New Interventions in Art History series. London and New York: Blackwells. ISBN: 9781405135375.
- Tanner, J., Osborne, R. (2007). Introduction: 'Art and agency' and art history. in Osborne, R., Tanner, J. (ed.) Art's Agency and Art History. New Interventions in Art History series. London and New York: Blackwells. ISBN: 9781405135375
- Tanner, J. (2006), The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society and Artistic Rationalisation, Cambridge Classical Monographs series. London: Cambridge University Press.
Tanner, J. (2005). Rationalists, fetishists and art lovers: action
theory and the comparative analysis of high cultural institutions.
Chapter 10 in Fox, R. C., Lidz, V. M. , Bershady, H. J. (ed.) After Parsons: A Theory of Social Action for the Twenty First Century. New York: Russel Sage Foundation, 179-207. ISBN: 0-87154-269-2
- Tanner, J. (2004). "Archaeology and art", co-authored with Raymond
Corbey and Robert Layton, in J. Bintliff ed). A Companion to Archaelogy.
(Oxford, Blackwells) pp. 367-79.
- Tanner, J. (ed.) (2003). The Sociology of Art: a Reader. Routledge.
- Tanner, J. (2003). 'Finding the Egyptian in early Greek art', in Roger Mathews
and Cornelia Roemer (eds.) Ancient Perspectives on Egypt, UCL Press,
- Tanner, J. (2001). Nature, culture
and the body in classical Greek religious art', World Archaeology 33: 257-76.
- Tanner, J. (2000). The body, expressive
culture and social interaction: integrating art history and action theory,
in H Staubmann & H Wenzel (eds), Talcott Parsons: zur Aktualitaet eines
Theorienprogramms. Oesterreichische Zeitschrift fur Soziologie, Sonderband
- Tanner, J. (2000). Portraits, patrons
and power in the late Roman Republic, The Journal of Roman Studies,
- Tanner, J, (2000). Social structure,
cultural rationalisation and aesthetic judgement in classical Greece, in
N K Rutter & B Sparkes (eds), Word and Image in Ancient Greece. Edinburgh
Leventis Studies I, 183-205. Edinburgh University Press
- Tanner, J. (1999). Culture, Social
structure and the status of visual artists, Proceeedings of the Cambridge
Philological Society, 45, 136-175
- Tanner, J. (1996). Augustus, Patron
of the arts, in The Dictionary of Art. Macmillan
- Tanner, J. Collecting, Museums
and the Politics of Knowledge in Late Modern Society, Review article in The
Cambridge Review, 115(2324), 83-87
- Tanner, J. (1994). Shifting paradigms
in Classical Art History, Review article in Antiquity, 68(260),
- Tanner, J. (1992). Art as expressive
symbolism (with comments by C Renfrew, I Hodder and A Schnapp), Cambridge
Archaeological Journal, 2(2), 167-90
- 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)
- Katherine Hoare Understanding Egyptianizing Architecture (joint supervision with David Jeffreys)
- 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)
- 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)
- Ahmed Mekawy Ouda Weret-hekau "great of magic" in the religious landscape of ancient Egypt (principal supervisor Stephen Quirke)
- Ryan Perry In search of a Middle Assyrian Style (joint supervision with Mark Altaweel; principal supervisor David Wengrow)
- Tessa Robinson The cultural and social significance of knots amongst the Ancient Maya (principal supervisor Elizabeth Graham)
- Sophy Downes The aesthetics of Empire in Athens and Persia (joint supervision with Amelie Kuhrt (History), second supervisor David Wengrow)