Miss Nombulelo Shange
Junior Lecturer
Department Sociology
Internal Box 41

Short CV

Nombulelo Shange spent two years working as groundWork’s Media Manger before joining University of Free State. Her work within the environmental justice NGO spaces saw her working with environmental and gender issues with communities adversely affected by polluting industries and mining companies. She documented community members’ stories and shared them with mainstream media. She also ran media training workshops where she encouraged communities to take advantage of the rising digital age, by creating their own media and creating a counter narrative to the otherwise misrepresented or silenced voices of the people.

Nombulelo holds a Master’s degree in Sociology, as well as an honours and undergraduate qualification in Political Science and International Relations, obtained at Rhodes University. Her Master’s thesis is titled: Shembe Religion’s Integration of African Traditional Religion and Christianity: A Sociological Case Study. She has a background as a social researcher and has over 5 years’ experience as an educator, she has taught everything from kindergarten to university level. She has also worked with young children and spent some time teaching primary school English in South Korea. She is passionate about writing and education and believes that it can and should be used as a vehicle for change and equality. She also believes in people led storytelling and knowledge production that is decolonized and free of government and corporate control. She has also occupied a role as a Gender Studies, Classical and Contemporary Theory lecturer at University of Kwa Zulu Natal.

Nombulelo is currently working on her PhD, which is provisionally titled: An Ethnographic study on the Emerging Mountain Doctors of Cape Town: Their Revitalisation of African Indigenous Medicine and Their Struggle for Land and Acceptance in Modern Day South Africa. She is supervised by Prof Fraser McNeill, who is part of the Anthropology department at the University of Pretoria. 

She is a member of Golden Key International Society and has also presented at the South African Sociology Association Conference twice: in 2012 where she presented the history chapter of her MA research and in 2018 where she presented her first academically published work, published by Agenda Feminist Media. In 2018 she was also involved in her first peer review process, where academic journal; Gender Place and Culture invited her to review an article titled: Art(s) of Visibility: Resistance and Reclamation of University Spaces by Women Students in Delhi

Publications (Short List)

Shange, N.T. (2017). “Mapping of feminist/womanist resistance within student movements across the African continent” Agenda, 31, 3-4, pp 60 - 67 http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/TGX8FT8AHv8RMXYYqyUT/full

Area(s) of Interest

African Traditional Religion

Race and Gender Studies

Environmental Justice

Social Change and Revolutionary Politics

Courses Presented

SOCL2614: Industrial Sociology. The module focuses on the social organisation of work.


T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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