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Dr. Radebe Nompumelelo (Senior Lecturer and Chair Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of South Africa) has accepted the offer from the Athens Institute to serve as the next Deputy Head (Section: Anthropology) of the Anthropology & Demography Unit

and decolonial studies. Her notable journal articles include “Ukukhonza as an ethic-oriented ontology to ensure harmonious existence among AmaZulu” (2024) published in HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, “Learning from Indigenous Communities: The Case of Esihlengeni in Vryheid, KwaZulu

Dr. N.Z. Radebe is a lecturer with extensive qualifications in Social Anthropology, including a PhD from the University of South Africa (2019) and an MA from Wits University (2012). Specializing in Economic Anthropology and African Epistemology, Dr. Radebe has a profound interest in anthropological methods, African conceptions of gender, orality, and digital anthropology. Notably, Dr. N.Z. Radebe has an impressive array of publications that showcase his expertise and dedication to the field of anthropology, particularly in African epistemologies

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-Natal, South Africa” (2022) in the International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, and “Singabantu bendawo: Understanding the concept of land from a perspective of ubuntu” (2019) in Anthropology Southern Africa. Dr. Radebe has also contributed significant book chapters such as those in “Azibuye Emasisweni: Reclaiming our space and centering our knowledge” (2023), “Transforming classroom experiences for helping professions in higher education-global perspectives” (2023), and “Still to be named: An exploration of African epistemologies using Simphiwe Dana’s selected works” (2022). Additionally, he co-authored the book “Azibuye Emasisweni: Reclaiming our space and centering our knowledge” (2023) and “Still to Be Named: An exploration of African Epistemologies using Simphiwe Dana’s selected works” (2022), further solidifying his position as a leading scholar in his field. Dr. Radebe’s professional accolades include being a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and receiving numerous scholarships and research funds. An active member of the international decolonial community, Dr. Radebe participates in and teaches at various decolonial summer schools in South Africa. Additionally, Dr. Radebe has led impactful projects, such as the NIHSS-funded “Mmangwana o tshwara thipa ka bohaleng,” and the community engagement initiative “Funda Wazi ‘Learn and Know’ Project” at Greenfield Secondary School.

As the Deputy Head, Dr. N.Z. Radebe will collaborate with the Head of the Anthropology & Demography Unit (Dr. Barbara Zagaglia, Associate Professor, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy) in the organization of all the conferences (small symposiums) organized by the Anthropology & Demography Unit. She will also serve as associate editor of the Athens Journal of Demography & Anthropology.

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