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Catherine Botha

Name: Catherine Botha
Location: B Ring 708 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Tel: 011 559 3403


About Prof Catherine Botha

Specialisation area

AOS: Aesthetics, philosophy of art, philosophy of dance, 19th and 20th C continental philosophy, esp. Nietzsche and Heidegger

AOI: philosophy of mind, environmental ethics, feminisms, philosophy of technology.

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Catherine joined UJ Philosophy in 2009. Her area of research specialisation is the philosophy of art and culture, most especially the philosophy of dance. She is particularly interested 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 the philosophy of art. She is currently the co-secretary of the South African Centre for Phenomenology. As 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. She was winner of the UJ Vice Chancellor’s Award for Best Young Teacher in 2014, and winner of the UJ Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Best Teacher in 2020.

Some selected publications

Botha, C.F. (2021) and Humanoid Robots: A Sarkaesthetic Analysis” Filosofia Theoretica Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 10 (3):119-130.

Botha, C.F. (2021) “Ars Erotica and Sôphrosunê: Examining Shusterman’s Nietzsche” Foucault Studies 31: 13-23

Botha, C.F. (ed.) (2021). African Somaesthetics: Cultures, Feminism, Politics. Brill Studies in Somaesthetics (Volume 3). Amsterdam: Brill

Botha, CF. (2020). “The Dancing Body and the Transmission of Collective Memory in South Africa” in Prickett, S. and Thomas, H. (eds.). Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, London: Routledge, 22-32.

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 PoupardPublishing, LLC

Botha, CF (2017). Rethinking the Ego/Reconceptualising Philosophy: Shusterman’s “Man in GoldPragmatist 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.