Institute of Archaeology

Prof Jeremy Tanner

Prof Jeremy Tanner

Professor of Classical and Comparative Art

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Jan 1994

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.


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1996
University of Pennsylvania
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1990
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1987