Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Dr NL Hlabangane

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Department: Anthropology and Archaeology
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6557


  • PhD Anthropology (Wits)

Fields of academic interests

  • Anthropology of Health
  • Knowledge and Power
  • Sexuality
  • Gender and reproductive health
  • Religion and ritual
  • Urbanisation
  • Violence and transition
  • Anthropology of community


  • Hlabangane, N.L. and Radebe, N.Z. 2016. Chapter 7: A decolonial analysis of the coloniality of the discipline of anthropology in Decolonising the university, knowledge systems and disciplines in Africa by: Ndlovu-Gatsheni, S.J. and Zondi, S. (eds) pp131-146. Carolina Academic Press, Durham.

Journal articles

  • Nokuthula Hlabangane. From object to subject: deconstructing anthropology and HIV/AIDS in South Africa.  Critique of Anthropology 34(2), 2014.
  • Nokuthula Hlabangane. Teenage sexuality, HIV risk and the politics of being “duted”: Perceptions and dynamics in a South African township. Health Care for Women International 35(7-9)859-77, 2014.
  • Guy de Bruyn, Nokuthula Skhosana, Gavin Robertson, James McIntyre and Glenda Gray. Knowledge and attitudes towards HIV vaccines among Soweto adolescents in BMC Research Notes (1)1, 2008.
  • Nokuthula Skhosana, Helen Struthers, Glenda Gray and James McIntyre.  HIV disclosure and other factors that impact on adherence to antiretroviral therapy:  The case of Soweto, South Africa in African Journal of AIDS Research 1 (1), 17-26 2006.
  • Swartz, Leslie; Glenda Gray; Nokuthula Skhosana; Dan Stein and others.  Social and behavioural aspects of child and adolescent participation in HIV vaccine trials in Journal of International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care 4(4), 89-92, 2005.
  • Nokuthula Skhosana.  Women and HIV/AIDS in South Africa. A literature review commissioned by Women’s Net for the Genderstats Poject, 2004.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • David Webster award for best student in anthropology
  • Hammond-Tooke award for best student in anthropology
  • Feroza Adam award for most promising student in anthropology
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for anthropological research
  • Growing our own Timber – Wits University initiative to groom black academics
  • Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme