Staff Profiles

Dr. Elizabeth Pulane Motswapong


Faculty of Humanities

Theology and Religious Studies

Senior Lecturer

Location: Block 202 Office 05 Adjacent Old Humanites (Block 217)
Phone: +267 355 5743, +267 717094
Email Dr. Elizabeth Pulane Motswapong

Ph.D in Religious Studies (Hindu Studies), University of Kent, United Kingdom.

MA in Oriental and African Religions , University of London (SOAS), United Kingdom. 

PGDE, (RE and English), University of Botswana

BA Humanities (Theology and Religious Studies and English).,University of Botswana

Dr Elizabeth Pulane Motswapong is a Senior Lecturer in Indo  Religions specialising in Hindu Studies, in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana.

She introduces  students to Indian Religions with a concentration in Hindu Studies. Dr. Motswapong joined the University of Botswana, Department of Theology and Religious Studies as an SDF (Staff Development Fellow) in 1998. 

After teaching for a year Motswapong went to pursue her Masters of Arts in Oriental and African Religions at University of London during the  academic year 1999- 2000. Her dissertation was a comparative study between Tswana  Bogwera and Hindu Upanayana Initiation rites for boys as instrumental in understanding these religions despite their diversity. Her supervisor was Dr. Julia Leslie ( MHSRIP).

During the years  2004 -2007,  Motswapong pursued her Ph.D and wrote a dissertation in Hinduism and Gender under the supervision of Guruji, Prof. Burkhard Scherer.

Motswapong work includes supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in various aspects of religions.

Lastly, she examines dissertations for both undergraduate and post graduate (Masters and Ph.D) from universities across the globe.

World Religions,

Specifically  Indian Religions,  Hinduism,  Buddhism

Chinese Buddhism

Religions of Botswana

Comparative Religions,  African Traditional Religions vs. Other religions

Religion and Gender

Philosophy of Religion

Religious Pluralism



Indian Religions

Women and Religions

Queers Studies

Religions vs. HIV and Aids

Comparative Religions

Women in Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism)


Philosophy of Religion


Comparative Religions

Religion, HIV and Aids

Queer Studies


Motswapong, E.P.

"Buddhism and Development in Africa: Sowing the Seeds of Dhamma" In Rel & Dev. in Africa. eds. Chitando, Togarasei and Gunda. Germany: (Bamberg Press 2021). "A little Baby on the Way, Botho, Ubuntu and Community Building in Gaborone Babe Shower", Gender Studies:(GS) vol.16/1(2018): DOI; https:/

"Understanding Draupadi as a Model of Gender and Resistance" Stellenbosch Theology Journal, vol 3, 2:(2017) 477-492

'Sita as a Text of Terror: A Motswana Woman's Impressions", pp. 153-166 in Unraveling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood eds. Rossetta Ross and R.S.Amenga-Etego (NY: Lexington Books, 2015).

  'A Supergift or a Conduit: The Place of the Daughter in the Indian Marriage Exchange': Nidan International Journal for the Study of Hinduism,vol 22(2010) 82-96

 "Lesbians and Gays in Botswana: Surviving behind the Mask",pp336-40 In Queering  Paradigms, ed Bukhard Scherer (Germany,Peter Lang,2009)

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