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Lynn Meskell (Professor)

Lynn Meskell (650) 724-1751
Personal bio
Lynn Meskell Professor, Department of Anthropology Director, Stanford Archaeology Center Lynn's current research and teaching interests include a broad range of fields, including ethnography in South Africa, Egyptian archaeology, identity and sociopolitics, gender and feminism, and heritage ethics. Lynn views contemporary archaeology as an anthropology of the past, a contextual and nuanced engagement with ancient culture that mirrors the ethnographic project. Her fieldwork has examined 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. Another field project is focused on the social constitution of the figurine worlds at �?atalhöyük, Turkey. Her new research focuses on the role of UNESCO in terms of heritage rights, sovereignty and international politics. As founding editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology, Lynn has attempted to forge a vehicle for this dialogue, bringing together a wide range of scholars from diverse fields to constitute the editorial panel (feminists, historians, social theorists, and ethnographers). Interests: South Africa, Egypt, social theory, materiality, heritage, ethics, ethnography, Catalhöyük figurines

Currently teaching
ANTHRO 308A: Proposal Writing Seminar in Archaeology (Spring)
ANTHRO 310C: Intersections (Winter)
ARCHLGY 103: History of Archaeological Thought (Winter)
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