Doctor John Giblin

Doctor John Giblin

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology


John D. Giblin is a lecturer in heritage and tourism at the Institute for Culture and Society and the School of Social Science and Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Australia. Before taking up his current position, 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 currently also a scientific committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.

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  • PhD University College London

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Critical Heritage Studies (2012)
  • World Archaeological Congress (2012)
  • Society of Africanist Archaeologists (2010)
  • British Institute in Eastern Africa (2008)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit School of Social Sciences & Psychology


  • Association of Critical Heritage Studies
  • SSAP Colloquium Committee


Phone: (02) 47360 080
Location: P.G.11
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101599 Heritage and Tourism, 2012
  • 101599 Heritage and Tourism, 2013
  • 101601 Issues in Contemporary Heritage, 2012
  • 101601 Issues in Contemporary Heritage, 2013
  • 101643 Heritage Interpretation, 2013


Chapters in Books

  • Giblin, J. (2015), 'Critical approaches to post-colonial (post-conflict) heritage', The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137293558.
  • Giblin, J. (2014), 'Can, door, heritage', Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists, Left Coast Press 9781611323832.
  • Giblin, J. (2014), 'Political and theoretical problems for the archaeological identification of precolonial Twa, Tutsi and Hutu in Rwanda', Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past: Materiality, History, and the Shaping of Cultural Identities, Left Coast Press 9781629580074.
  • Giblin, J. (2013), 'Politics, ideology and indigenous perspectives', Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology, Oxford University Press 9780199569885.

Journal Articles

  • Giblin, J., King, R. and Smith, B. (2014), 'Introduction : de-centring ethical assumptions by re-centring ethical debate in African archaeology', Azania, vol 49, no 2 , pp 131 - 135.
  • Giblin, J. (2014), 'Toward a politicised interpretation ethic in African archaeology', Azania, vol 49, no 2 , pp 148 - 165.
  • Giblin, J. (2013), 'Decolonial challenges and post-genocide archaeological politics in Rwanda', Public Archaeology, vol 11, no 3 , pp 123 - 143.
  • Giblin, J. (2013), 'Post-conflict heritage : symbolic healing and cultural renewal', International Journal of Heritage Studies, .
  • Giblin, J. (2013), 'A reconsideration of Rwandan Archaeological ceramics and their political significance in a post-genocide era', African Archaeological Review, vol 30 , pp 501 - 529.
  • Giblin, J. and Remigius, K. (2012), 'The social and symbolic context of the royal potters of Buganda', Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, vol 47, no 1 , pp 64 - 80.
  • Giblin, J. and Fuller, D. (2011), 'First and second millennium A.D. agriculture in Rwanda: archaeobotanical finds and radiocarbon dates from seven sites', Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, vol 20 , pp 253 - 265.
  • Giblin, J., Humphris, J., Mugabowagahunde, M. and Ntagwabira, A. (2011), 'Challenges for Pre-Colonial Archaeological Site Management in Rwanda', Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, vol 23, no 2-3 , pp 174 - 188.
  • Giblin, J., Clement, A. and Humphris, J. (2010), 'An Urewe burial in Rwanda : exchange, health, wealth and violence c. AD 400', Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, vol 45, no 3 , pp 276 - 297.


Previous Projects

Title: Contemporary Archaeology of Displacement, Internment and Abandonment: IDP Camp Heritage in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda
Years: 2013-09-09 - 2014-11-09
ID: P00021738
Western Researchers: John Giblin and Emma Waterton
  • University of Western Sydney

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