Assoc Prof Ilana Van Wyk

Associate Professor in Social Anthropology

Tel: +27 21 808 2098


PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Ongoing Interests: The South African lottery, Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity, pre-colonial money exchange and financial instruments at the Cape, matric balls

Selected Publications:

  1. Van Wyk, I. 2021. Suspicious spirits: New Christianity and radical distrust in South Africa. Nordic Journal of African Studies, 30(4): 1-17.
  2. Van Wyk, I. 2021. Postcolonial Africa and its Lotteries. Critical Gambling Studies.
  3. Van Wyk, Ilana. 2021. Anthropology. Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism, Edited by Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Brill: Leiden, Boston, pp. 27-29.
  4. Van Wyk, Ilana. 2020. Crooked prophets and ungodly politicians: Popular Christian engagements in South Africa. PentecoStudies, 19(1): 36-61. 
  5. Van Wyk, Ilana. 2019. An Anthropologist in Maputaland. Natalia (49): 65-70. 
  6. Van Wyk, Ilana. 2019. “Jacob Zuma’s Shamelessness: Conspicuous Consumption, Politics and Religion”, p. 185-217, in Conspicuous consumption in Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.


    1. Van Wyk, Ilana & Jimmy Pieterse. 2022. Nationalism, Politics & Anthropology: A Tale of Two South Africans. Conversations with C.S. van der Waal & John Sharp. Langaa Research & Publishing CIG: Mankon, Bamenda.
    2. Posel, Deborah & Ilana van Wyk. (eds.), 2019. Conspicuous Consumption in Africa, Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
    3. Van Wyk, Ilana. 2015. A church of strangers: The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. Wits University Press (a slightly revised version of the Cambridge Press book)
    4. Van Wyk, Ilana. 2014. The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) in South Africa: A church of strangers. Cambridge University Press. Africa series.