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Catherine joined UJ Philosophy in 2009. Her research is focused mainly on aesthetics, most especially the philosophy of dance. Her interest lies also in the phenomenological tradition and its precursors in the continental tradition (most especially the work of Nietzsche and Heidegger), and this is often the lens through which she approaches her writing in aesthetics. She is currently the co-secretary of the
South African Centre for Phenomenology, and is also a registered ballet teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She offers free tuition in classical ballet to UJ students at the UJ Art Academy.
Selected recent publications
Botha, CF (2018). "Nietzsche on Embodiment: A Proto-somaesthetics?" In Aesthetic Experience and Somaesthetics. Richard Shusterman and Sandor Kremer (eds). Brill Rodopi, p 15-33.
Botha, CF (2017). "On the way home: Heidegger and Marlene van Niekerk's Triomf" in Contemporary Literary Criticism: Triomf by Marlene Van Niekerk Lawrence Trudeau (Ed.) Layman Poupard Publishing, LLC
Botha, CF (2017). Rethinking the Ego/Reconceptualising Philosophy: Shusterman's "Man in Gold. Pragmatist Aesthetics 8 (2): 80-87
Botha, C.F. (2016). "Reconsidering the Will to Power in Heidegger's "Nietzsche" South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (1): 111-120.
Botha, C.F. (2016). DCS Oosthuizen on Husserl's Doctrine of Constitution Husserl Studies 32(2): 131-147
Botha, C.F. (2015). "En-visioning the Dance: The Audience as Mirror" South African Theatre Journal 28 (2): 159-170.
Botha, C.F. (2013). "Dance and/as art: Considering Nietzsche and Badiou" in Bunker, J. Pakes, A. and Rowell, B. (eds). Thinking Through Dance: The Philosophy of Dance Performance and Practices. London: Dance Books.