Lauren Dyll


Associate Professor

Lauren Dyll

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Degrees Held

PhD, The Centre for Communication Media and Society (University of KwaZulu-Natal).
Master of Arts, The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (University of Natal)

Lauren Dyll is Associate Professor in the Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Her research interests include participatory communication, critical indigenous qualitative methodologies and issues around cultural heritage and tourism in terms of the relationship between social change and identity. She has been a key contributor to the long-standing Rethinking Indigeneity project that signals strategies that aim to facilitate the participatory and transformative aspects of the research (and/or development) encounter. The majority of her fieldwork has been conducted in the Kalahari area of southern Africa, and more recently in Mpumalanga (South Africa) where she is project leader for the South African National Heritage Council (NHC)-funded project, Mashishing Marking Memories. She is a member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Clearinghouse and Associate Editor on the editorial board for journal, Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies (Taylor and Francis).



Chapters in Books

  • Gibson, S., Dyll, L. Teer-Tomaselli, R.  (2019) Chapter 16: Entertaining the Nation: Incentivising the Indigenisation of Soap Opera in South Africa. In Sigismondi, P. (ed.) World Entertainment Media: Global, Regional and Local Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 142-152.
  • Dyll, L. (2018) Autoethnography and reflexivity: where does the researcher fit in? In Tomaselli, K.G. (ed.) Making Sense of Research. South Africa: van Schaik publishers, 143-150.
  • Tomaselli, K.G. & Dyll, L. Navigating ethical clearance: farce and force. In Tomaselli, K.G. (ed.) Making Sense of Research. South Africa: van Schaik publishers, pg. 289-299.
  • Evans H.C., Dyll L., Teer-Tomaselli R.  (2018) Communicating Climate Change: Theories and Perspectives. In: Leal Filho W., Manolas E., Azul A., Azeiteiro U., McGhie H. (eds.) Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol. 1. Climate Change Management. Springer, Cham, 107 – 122.  DOI:  10.1007/978-3-319-69838-0_7
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2014) Development narratives: the value of multiple voices and ontologies in Kalahari research. In Tomaselli, K.G and Wessels, M. (eds.) San Representation: Politics, Practice and Possibilities. London and New York: Routledge, 57-76.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2013) Chapter 5. Blurring the lines: Rethinking Indigeneity research at Biesje Poort. In Lange M.E., Müller Jansen L., Fisher R.C., Tomaselli K.G. and Morris, D. (eds.) Engraved Landscape. Biesje Poort: Many Voices. Pretoria: Tormentosa, 81-87.
  • Tomaselli, K.G., Dyll-Myklebust, L. & van Grootheest, S. (2013). Personal/Political Interventions via Autoethnography: Dualisms, Knowledge, Power and Performativity in Research Relations. In Holman Jones, S., Adams, T.E., Ellis, C. (eds.) The Handbook of Autoethnography. California: Left Coast Books, 576-594.
  • Teer-Tomaselli, R. & Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2012) Chapter 26. Finding Yourself in the Past, the Present, the Local and the Global: Potentialities of Mediated Cosmopolitanism as a Research Methodology. In Volkmer, I. (ed.) Handbook of Global Media Research. UK: Wiley Blackwell, 451-470.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. & Finlay, K. (2012) Chapter 9. Action (Marketing) Research and Paradigms in Partnerships: A Critical Analysis of !Xaus Lodge. In Tomaselli, K. (ed.) Cultural Tourism and Identity: Rethinking Indigeniety. Leiden: Brill, 119-136.
  • Dyll-Myklebust, L. (2012) Chapter 13. Public-Private-Community Partnership Model for Participatory Lodge (Tourism) Development. In Tomaselli, K. (ed.) Cultural Tourism and Identity: Rethinking Indigeniety. Leiden: Brill, 180-214.
  • Dyll, L. (2009) Community Development Strategies in the Kalahari – an expression of Modernization’s Monologue? In Hottola, P. (ed.) Tourism Strategies and Local Responses in Southern Africa. Wallingford : CAB International, 41-60.
  • Tomaselli, K.G., Dyll, L & Francis, M. (2008) ‘Self’ and ‘Other’: Auto-Reflexive and Indigenous Ethnography. In Denzin, N. et al (ed.) Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies. London: Sage, 347-372. DOI: 10.1079/9781845935085.0041
  • Dyll, L. (2007) In the Sun with Silikat. In Tomaselli, K.G (ed.) Writing in the Sanld: Autoethnography Among Indigenous Southern Africans. Walnut Creek, California: Altamira Press, 117-130.
  • Ruth Teer-Tomaselli, Lauren Dyll and Eliza Govender (2021) Twenty Years of Communicating Social Change: A Southern African Perspective on Teaching, Researching and Doing. In Learning from Communicators in Social Change (pp. 211-233). Springer, Singapore.

Work in progress

(August 2019 – currently) Principal Investigator for National Heritage Council-funded project, Mashishing Marking Memories Project conducted in Mpumalanga in eastern South Africa. The project aims to operationalise indigenous knowledge. The rock engravings and remnants of the Late Iron Age stone wall settlements are the data collection sites located at the Boomplaats Farm, Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve and Lydenburg Museum. The project team comprises of academics and graduate students from varying disciplines such as communication and architecture, archeologists, local community members managing the sites, local secondary school educators, NGO workers, heritage practitioners and members of the ǂKhomani community who live in the Kalahari. Previous research has attributed the engravings and stone wall settlements to the Koni people, a Nguni farming community who lived in the area between 1500s – 1820s. Although the engravings’ authorship and subject matter is becoming clearer its meanings and motivations for creation are poorly understood. This project examines the potentiality of participation as a tool in post processual archeology, as the project records the intangible cultural heritage associated with the sites via storytelling and oral interpretations by the diverse research team, as well as their contemporary educational and tourism resource potential. The project’s inclusion of contemporary local custodians of knowledge and the significance placed on the material and spiritual landscape creates a dialogic democracy in heritage recording.



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