Biography

Lynn Meskell's current research and teaching interests include a broad range of fields, including archaeology and heritage, ethnography in South African, identity and sociopolitics, gender and feminism, and ethics. Her current fieldwork and writing examines the constructs of natural and cultural heritage and the related discourses of empowerment around the Kruger National Park, ten years after democracy in South Africa. She is interested in the specific national understanding of biodiversity and its relationship to development initiatives, democracy, historic claims and land restitution. As founding editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology, she has attempted to forge a vehicle for interdisciplinary dialogue, bringing together a wide range of scholars from diverse fields to constitute the editorial panel (feminists, historians, social theorists, and ethnographers).