John Giblin


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John has responsibility for the curation, presentation, development and research of the Africa collections at the British Museum. He has carried out fieldwork in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.

Before taking up his current position, John was a Lecturer in Heritage Studies at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and a member of the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

John completed his PhD, Reconstructing the Past in Post-Genocide Rwanda: An Archaeological Contribution, at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, following which he undertook a post-doctoral fellowship concerning Post-Conflict Heritage in Western Great Lakes Africa at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

John’s current research interests include the post-conflict use of heritage and practice of archaeology in post-colonial contexts.

Current projects

  • Archaeologies of Displacement in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda

External fellowships / honorary positions / membership of professional bodies

Recent Publications

  • Giblin, J. D. (Forthcoming) ‘Toward an Archaeology of Recent Violent Conflict in Western Great Lakes Africa’, Journal of Conflict Archaeology.

    Giblin, J. D. (Forthcoming) The Role of Heritage in Post-Conflict Development. New York: Routledge. (To be published in December 2014).

    Giblin, J. D. (Forthcoming) ‘Can, Door, Heritage: A Conflict to Post-Conflict Object Narrative’, In: Clarke, A., Brown, S., and Frederick, U. (eds.) Object Stories: artefacts and archaeologists. Left Coast Press.

    Giblin, J. D. (Forthcoming) ‘Critical Approaches to Post-colonial (Post-conflict) Heritage: Reappropriation, Recycling and Renewal’, In: Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (eds.) A Companion to Critical Heritage Studies Research. Oxford. Palgrave.

    Giblin, J. D. (Forthcoming) ‘Possibilities and Politics Regarding the Archaeological Identification of Pre-Colonial Twa, Tutsi and Hutu in Rwanda’, In: Richard, F. and MacDonald, K. C. (eds.) Ethnic Ambiguities in African Archaeology: Materiality, History and the Shaping of Cultural Identities. Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press.

  • Key Publications

    • Giblin, J. D. (2014) ‘Toward a Political Ethic in African Archaeology’, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa. Special Edition: Ethics in African Archaeology DOI:10.1080/0067270X.2014.906186

      Giblin, J. D. (2014) ‘Post-Conflict Heritage: Symbolic Healing and Cultural Renewal’. International Journal of Heritage Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13527258-2013-772912

      Giblin, J. D. (2013) ‘A Reconsideration of Rwandan Archaeological Ceramics and their Political Significance in a Post-Genocide Era’. African Archaeological Review, 30: 501-529.

      Giblin, J. D. (2013) ‘Decolonial Challenges and Post-Genocide Archaeological Politics in Rwanda’. Public Archaeology, 11 (3): 123-143.

      Giblin, J. D. (2013) ‘Politics, Ideology and Indigenous Perspectives’ In: Mitchell, P. and Lane P. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology. Oxford, Oxford University Press.