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Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities: Catherine Cole - Winter 2022

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Catherine M. Cole

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Catherine M. Cole is Divisional Dean of the Arts and Professor of English and Dance at the University of Washington. Her most recent book, Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice (2020), received an Honorable Mention for the 2021 de la Torre Bueno Prize, awarded annually by the Dance Studies Association for a book published in the English language that advances the field of dance studies. Cole's other 


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Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice in South Africa

Unresolved pasts tend to turn. In the aftermath of state-perpetrated injustice, a façade of peace can suddenly give way. In such circumstances, the voices and visions of artists can help us see what otherwise evades perception. Focusing on contemporary performance in post-apartheid South Africa, this lecture will explore how unresolved racialized histories of state-perpetrated violence create conditions of possibility and impossibility for performance artists, choreographers, and theater markers. Cole will be presenting from her recent book, Performance and the Afterlives of Injustice, which brings the most social of art forms - live performance - together with questions about how societies change in the wake of state perpetrated atrocities. 

The lecture, to be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm in Kane Hall 210 and online, is free and open to all.    

This research guide includes resources published by Catherine M. Cole and related research.  All resources are available through the UW Libraries.  Everyone is welcome to visit a UW Library in person to access these resources.  UW students, faculty, and staff may access online resources from off campus using their UW Net ID.  

Catherine's Recommended Readings

The following readings have been recommended by The Simpson Center for those who would like to learn more about the subject of her lecture.    


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Video interview with IRC-Fellow Catherine Cole

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Cole, Catherine M. “Performance, Transitional Justice, and the Law: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” Theatre Journal, vol. 59, no. 2, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007, pp. 167–87. Current UW students, faculty, and staff log in using your UW Net ID.

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