In African Somaesthetics: Cultures, Feminisms, Politics, Catherine F. Botha brings together original research on the body in African cultures, specifically interrogating the possibilities of the contribution of a somaesthetic approach in the context of colonization, decolonization, and globalization in Africa.
The innovative contributions that consider the somaesthetic dimensions of experience in the context of Africa (centred broadly around the themes of politics, feminisms, and cultures) reflect a diversity of perspectives and positions. The book is a first of its kind in gathering together novel and focused analyses of the body as conceived of from an African perspective.
Catherine F. Botha (Ph.D., Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen) is professor of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She uses her expertise in the phenomenological tradition and its precursors in the continental tradition (most especially the work of Nietzsche and Heidegger) as a lens through which to approach the focus of her research - the philosophy of art, with a special focus on the philosophy of dance. She has published numerous articles and chapters in the philosophy of dance, with her most recent publication “The Dancing Body and the Transmission of Collective Memory in South Africa” appearing in the Routledge Companion to Dance Studies in 2020.
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
African Somaesthetics as Provocation
Catherine F Botha
PART 1 Untouchable Bodies
1 The Untouchable Body
Gerard M. Samuel
2 The Other as Unbeautiful: Analytic Somaesthetics, Disgust and the Albinotic Body in African Traditions
PART 2 Black Bodies
3 Black Bodies, “Black Panther”
Paul C. Taylor, Sarah DiMaggio, Holly Longair, and Takunda Matose
4 Re-Imagining Race through Daai za Lady & Butoh
5 Necro-being and the Black Body: an Interview with Leonard Harris
Leonard Harris and Catherine Botha
PART 3 Dancing Bodies
6 Sensing the Stage: Decolonial Readings of African Contemporary Dance
7 Self-knowledge through Dance: Considering the Female Break Dancer in South Africa
8 Learning to Speak in My Mother Tongue: Ruminating on Contemporary Decolonising Dance Practices for Myself and My African Continent
PART 4 Changing Bodies
9 Walking and Stumbling: the Aesthetic as Agitator for Activism
10 Skinstory---Migratory Experiences and the Transformational Power of Performative Means of Expression
11 Disinfect This! Scato-Aesthetic Indictments of South Africa’s Cultural, Social, and Spatial Divisions
All those interested in somaesthetics and the philosophy of art, plus those interested in the politics of the body, especially in the context of African studies, African feminisms and cultural studies.