John Giblin is the Head of Africa within the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum. Before taking up his current position, John was a Lecturer in the Heritage and Tourism group 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 is also a steering committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.
John's current research interests include the post-conflict use of heritage and practice of archaeology in post-colonial, post-conflict contexts, specifically in western Great Lakes Africa.
Selected recent publications
- Giblin, J. D. (2015) 'Toward an Archaeology of Recent Violent Conflict in Western Great Lakes Africa', Journal of Conflict Archaeology 10 (2), 123-146.
- Giblin, J. D. (2015) 'Critical Approaches to Post-colonial (Post-conflict) Heritage', pp. 313-328. In: Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research. Oxford. Palgrave.
- Giblin, J. D. (2015) 'Archaeological Ethics and Violence in Post-Genocide Rwanda', In: González-Ruibal, A., and Moshenska G. (eds.) Ethics and the Archaeology of Violence. World Archaeological Congress. Springer.
- Giblin, J. D. (2015) '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.
- Giblin, J. D. (2014) 'Can, Door, Heritage: A Conflict to Post-Conflict Object Narrative', pp. 103-110. In: Clarke, A., Brown, S., and Frederick, U. (eds.) Object Stories: artefacts and archaeologists. Left Coast Press.
- Giblin, J. D. (2014) 'Toward a Political Ethic in African Archaeology', Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa. Special Edition: Ethics in African Archaeology
- Giblin, J. D., King, R. and Smith, B. (2014) 'Introduction: Re-Centring Ethics in African Archaeology by De-Centring Ethical Assumptions. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa. Special Edition: Ethics in African Archaeology.
- 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.
- 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. (2012) 'Performing Indigenous for International Tourists who Tour the Rural Poor, In: Hillerdal, C., Karlstrom, A., and Ojala, C-G. (eds.) Archaeologies of Us and Them: Debating History, Heritage and Indigeneity. New York, Routledge.