Dr Tiffany Jenkins is a sociologist, writer and cultural commentator. She is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the broadsheet press on the arts and cultural issues, including a column for the Scotsman newspaper.
Her next book – Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of Antiquity Ended Up in Museums – And Why They Should Stay – is on the repatriation debate. It charts how museums acquired their objects – at times with highly questionable methods and means – exploring who owns culture and why. It will be published by Oxford University Press.
Her ACADEMIC RESEARCH explores the value and role of art, contested authority in the cultural sector, cultural policy, cultural diplomacy, heritage and cultural property issues such as repatriation. She is interested in how culture is given causal properties to ‘do stuff’ like raise self-esteem, regenerate community and contribute to the economy, at the same time as western society is less and less clear on what culture is.
She is the CULTURE SECTION CO-EDITOR, alongside Professor Tammy Anderson, of Sociology Compass (SOCO), a peer-reviewed journal that presents review articles surveying topics of interest within sociology.
Her research also examines the symbolic meanings and strategic use of human remains, and how the body becomes a locale for so many cultural, political, and ethical debates. Her monograph – Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority is published by Routledge. It looks at the influences at play on the controversy over human remains in museum collections. This political and social life of bones is the focus for the Bones Collective – a research network she is part of – at Edinburgh University.
Previously, she was a VISITING FELLOW AT THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, in the Department of Law, where she continues to be involved in establishing a research hub on cultural property, cultural diplomacy, art law and heritage issues.
Previously, she was the Director of the Arts and Society Programme AT THE INSTITUTE OF IDEAS. She is a COMMITTEE MEMBER of the BATTLE OF IDEAS.
She has been a co-convener of the British Sociological Association study group, Sociologists Outside Academia, which aims to raise the status of sociological work undertaken beyond an academic context, and a FELLOW of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.
You can contact her at jenkins[dot]tiffany[at]gmail[dot]com