Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Dr NZ Radebe

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology and Archaeology
Tel: 012 429 4171


  • PhD Social Anthropology (Unisa, 2019)
  • MA Social Anthropology (Wits University, 2012)
  • BA Honours (Wits University, 2001)

Fields of academic interests

  • Anthropological methods
  • African conception of gender
  • Orality
  • Digital anthropology

Field of Specialisation

  • Economic Anthropology
  • African epistemology


  • Hlabangane N. L. & Radebe N. Z. 2016. Decolonial Analysis of Coloniality in Anthropology, in Decolonizing the University in Africa, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines, S. J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni & S. Zondi (eds.). Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 131- 149.

Journal articles

  • Radebe NZ 2019. Singabantu bendawo: Understanding the concept of land from a perspective of ubuntu. Anthropology Southern Africa. Vol. 42, No. 3, 247-258, DOI: 10.1080/23323256.2019.1670086. Link to this article:

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, California, 2017
  • Academic Qualification Programme for Doctoral Studies, 2015
  • National Research Fund Scholarship for Doctoral Studies, 2014
  • Carnegie Research Fund for Master’s degree, 2003
  • National Research Fund Scholarship for Master’s degree, 2000


  • I am part of the international decolonial community that amongst other things, teaches in different decolonial summer schools organised by different Universities in South Africa. In January 2019, the summer school was organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)l. In 2020 the decolonial summer schools will organised by the University of Cape Town and the UKZN.
  • In 2017 November I led the project titled: Mmangwana o tshwara thipa ka bohaleng: remembering and celebrating African women, producers and custodian of knowledge funded by the National Institute for the Humanities (NIHSS) and it was successfully completed in May 2018.
  • In 2014 and 2015 I had a community engagement project titled: Funda Wazi ‘Learn and Know’ Project: A Storytelling Intervention in the Classroom that was based in Greenfield Secondary School.