I am an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise in cultural heritage, as well as on the role of the past in the production of power, identity, and sense of place. I grew up in the Isle of Man and was educated there, later becoming a student at the University of Southampton, where I obtained a BA (Hons) in Archaeology. I stayed at Southampton for my PhD, which focused on archaeology, ethnicity and the modern nation-state under the supervision of the late Professor Peter Ucko. Following copletion of my PhD, I was appointed to a 3-year post-doctoral position at the Parkes Centre for the Study of Jewish - non-Jewish Relations (1994-1996). In 1997, I held a visiting lectureship at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil (funded by the São Paulo State Research Council and the British Council), where I worked with Professor Pedro Funari. On my return I briefly worked for the Council for British Archaeology. I was appointed at the University of Manchester in 1998, where I remained until April 2016. I have presented lectures and papers around the world (including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Latvia, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark). I have served on the council of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and was a Trustee for the Council for British Archaeology between 2006 and 2015. Currently I am a Trustee for Archaeology Scotland.
My research interests include the following themes and I am interested in co-supervising doctoral students in these areas:
Archaeology, ethnicity and the modern nation-state (historical and contemporary relationships)
Monuments, memory, identity and place
The material, social and environmental history of urban public parks
The production and consumption of cultural heritage
Conservation theory and practice, authenticity, and significance
Approaches to social and communal value
Community heritage and participatory approaches
Material culture and the cultural biography of things.
My early work focused on the archaeology of ethnicity and the invention of national traditions, whereas more recent work focuses on the politics and practices surrounding social memory in local communities.Another strong theme in my research is the study of material histories and the cultural biography of things. Place-making has also been a key aspect of my recent work, where I use historical and anthropological research to explore how people sustain relationships with place, through time. These themes intersect with my research on cultural heritage, which ranges widely from cultural significance, social and communal value, authenticity, conservation practice, community heritage, rapid ethnographic assessment and other forms of heritage evaluation. My research, teaching and doctoral supervision are interdisciplinary in nature, cross-cutting Archaeology, History and Social Anthropology. I draw on theoretical and methodological approaches from across these disciplines, and I work with a range of sources: material, textual, visual and ethnographic. In the past I have co-supervised doctoral projects on topics such as: the historiography of Armenia and its impact on the Western imagination; Cold War heritage; childhood and the Victorian public park; the collection, curation and representation of Anglo-Saxon objects in museums; heritage conservation and management (especially in respect to significance and authenticity); and several PhDs on community/indigenous archaeology and heritage. I am a member of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy. For more details about my research and recent/current projects please see my Centre profile. My publications can be accessed from my Academia page.
Jones S (2016) Unlocking Essences and Exploring Networks: Experiencing Authenticity in Heritage Education Settings. In: Van Boxtel C, Grever M, Klein S (ed.). Sensitive Pasts: Questioning Heritage in Education. Making Sense of History, 27, Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 130-152.
Jones S, Nevell M & Redhead N (2015) Archaeology and the construction of community identities. In: Nevell M, Redhead N (ed.). Archaeology for All: Community Archaeology in the Early 21st Century: Participation, Practice and Impact. University of Salford Applied Arcaheology Series Volume 2, Manchester, UK: University of Salford, pp. 3-14.
Jeffrey S, Hale A, Jones C, Jones S & Maxwell M (2015) The ACCORD project: Archaeological Community Co-Production of Research Resources In: Giligny F, Djindjian F, Costa L, Moscati P, Robert S (ed.) CAA2014 21st Century Archaeology: Concepts, methods and tools. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Oxford: Archaeopress. 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, CAA2014, 22.4.2014 - 25.4.2014, Paris, pp. 289-295.
Colton R, Giles M, Cobb H & Jones S (2013) Journal of Victorian Culture Online, 16/03/2013. Taylor and Francis. Available at: http://blogs.tandf.co.uk/jvc/2013/03/26/open-air-learning-schools-education-and-the-whitworth-park-community-archaeology-and-history-project/