Gagging clauses’ – NDAs or non-disclosure agreements – have been rarely out of the headlines in recent months. Who uses them, why, and when? Are they an invisibility cloak, helping the rich and powerful to silence victims of their bad behaviour? Or are they a vital tool for those looking to protect personal privacy and business interests? Tiffany Jenkins investigates.
Secrets have never been more suspect. Post Snowden, post Saville, institutions which keep secrets are automatically seen as having something to hide, and openness and transparency are seen as the new imperatives. Any deviation from the new orthodoxy of honesty is punished – by exposure. But the story of secrecy is not as black and white as our contemporary prejudices would have it. For centuries secrecy has been seen to serve a useful purpose. It has protected citizens from the prying eyes of governments, it has protected the feelings of individuals and kept couples together. It has safeguarded professional integrity, and protected the vulnerable from abuse. Have we lost more than we have gained by abandoning our respect for the power and sanctity of secrecy?
Tiffany Jenkins tells the story of how western museums have come to acquire treasures from around the world, but challenges the idea of righting the wrongs of the past by returning artefacts.
Should repatriation be part of a wider cultural enterprise to re-write our national and imperialistic historical narrative?
Tiffany Jenkins asks what our brains can tell us about art. Can there ever be a recipe for beauty, or are the great works beyond the powers of neuroscience?
Tiffany Jenkins argues that we need more judgement about quality in art, culture and life. She says that judgement about quality is unfashionable in today’s art world, and this is a problem.
Tiffany Jenkins explains our fascination with bones of cultural and historic significance.
John Wilson hosts a public debate with dancer Deborah Bull, playwright Richard Bean, economist Philip Booth, commentator Ekow Eshun, sociologist Tiffany Jenkins and an audience at the Hull Truck Theatre.
How complex maths has broken free of the laboratory and now influences every aspect of our lives. But the cultural commentator Tiffany Jenkins sounds a note of caution about a world where everything is measurable.
Discussion with Melvyn Bragg, Christopher Frayling, Matt Ridley, and Tiffany Jenkins, recorded at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle.
Tiffany Jenkins, and Adam Kuper, Professor of Anthropology at Brunel University discuss the acquisition and restitution of human specimens by museums and the changes in attitudes towards them from outside the museum world as well as from within.