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  • Dr. James Noyes

    James is from Norfolk, in the East of England. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he was both an undergraduate and doctoral student at Christ’s College. Following his PhD, James taught at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in France. He is a Research Associate at University College London and a Fellow of the London think tank ResPublica.

    Analyst

    In addition to his academic profile, Dr. Noyes acts as an analyst and advisor on a range of policy issues, providing strategic research and consultancy to clients in both the public and private sectors. He has presented his research at ministerial level.

     

    Dr. Noyes works on the relationship between politics, culture and society, particularly in the UK, France, USA and the Middle East. He looks at how global trends affect local cultures and ideologies, at how institutions shape social cohesion and civic society, and how governments and markets respond to complex patterns of collective and individual behaviour.

     

    Dr. Noyes applies his academic background to practical questions facing organisations and policy makers today. He has provided research and consultancy for universities, government departments, think tanks and market research companies.

    Author

    James Noyes is the author of the first major book dedicated to a question which has dominated front page headlines over recent months: the destruction of cultural heritage during times of conflict.

     

    This book, The Politics of Iconoclasm, was published in paperback by I.B. Tauris (London & New York) in 2016.

     

    Covering the connections between political systems, social conflict and religious fundamentalism, the book has been described by reviewers as “impressive”, a “fearless narrative”, and by the Times Literary Supplement as “making a crucial contribution to the body of recent landmark publications in the field”.

     

    James is regularly invited to speak about ideological conflict and the destruction of cultural heritage at expert panels and conferences. His ideas have also appeared in media outlets across the world, from BBC Radio 4 and Sky News in the UK to Vox and American Conservative in the USA and European broadsheets like Tages Anzeiger and Svenska Dagbladet.

     

  • CONSULTING

    Dr. James Noyes provides strategic research and consultancy to clients in both the public and private sectors.

     

    With particular expertise in the UK, France, USA and the Middle East, Dr. Noyes analyses political, cultural and social patterns and applies them to practical demands facing organisations today.

     

    This includes work on the way in which global trends affect local cultures and ideologies, on how institutions shape social cohesion and civic society, and how governments and markets respond to complex patterns of collective and individual behaviour.

     

    Dr. Noyes believes that the inter-connected challenges facing governments, businesses, organisations and communities today demand an integrated response. He is particularly interested in the relationship between politics, culture and civic society, and in finding comparative examples of best practice between European and American organisations.

  • MEDIA

    James Noyes' opinion has featured in media outlets across the world.

     

    This has included BBC Radio 4 and Sky News in the UK, Vox and American Conservative in the USA and European broadsheets like Tages Anzeiger and Svenska Dagbladet.

     

     

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    THE BOOK

    The Politics of Iconoclasm

    Religion, Violence and the Culture of Image-Breaking in Christianity and Islam

    (London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016)

     

     

     

    Why do people destroy cultural heritage?

     

    This book tells the story of iconoclasm. It is a work of history spanning two continents and stretching over six centuries. From the cities of Saudi Arabia to the cathedrals of rural France, from the canals of Venice to the sniper alleys of Sarajevo, James Noyes describes a ancient tradition of cultural destruction and controversially connects it to the rise of modern politics.

     

    Here is what people are saying about The Politics of Iconoclasm:

     

     

    TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
    "Impressive… A crucial contribution to the body of recent landmark publications in the field."

     

     

    CARLOS EIRE (YALE UNIVERSITY)
    "A fearless narrative… An impressive display of ambition and erudition."

     

     

    TALAL ASAD (CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)
    "Original and thought-provoking … A remarkably suggestive book."

     

     

    MARK JUERGENSMEYER (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA)
    "This erudite, interesting, and highly readable book … will be much discussed: it will impress both historians and policy-makers."

     

     

    CHRISTOPHER COKER (LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS)
    "Powerful, profound and deeply disturbing."

     

     

    POLITICS, RELIGION AND IDEOLOGY (JOURNAL)
    "Eloquent and compelling… A testament to the potential of inter-disciplinary study."

     

  • NEWS

    Dr. Noyes is regularly invited to speak at expert panels and conferences. Here are details of some events:

     

    November 2016: 

    Opening speaker at New York University in Florence (Villa la Pietra) event, speaking on heritage destruction.

     

    June 2016: 

    Keynote speaker at the Institute of Conservation annual conference, speaking on challenges facing the conservation sector.

     

    June 2016: 

    Invited expert panellist at UCL/Calvert Gallery conference, speaking on urban planning in the 21st century.

     

    March 2015: 

    Keynote speaker at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, speaking about revolutions and heritage destruction.

     

     

    Photograph by Vianney Le Caer, 2015

  • CONTACT

    For all enquiries relating to the iconoclasm book (rights, interviews and distribution), please email the publicity team at I.B. Tauris in London.

     

    To contact Dr. Noyes directly with enquiries relating to his policy work at ResPublica, for consultancy projects and potential research collaborations, or for a media request, you can email him at:


    contact [@] jamesnoyes.co.uk

     

    For issues relating to Public and Cultural Engagement at University College London, please email Dr. Noyes at:


    j.noyes [@] ucl.ac.uk

     

    You can also find him on Twitter and Linkedin as @jranoyes