Catherine M. Cole


On her book Performing South Africa's Truth Commission: Stages of Transition

Cover Interview of February 11, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“There is unique performative potency in the conflation of theatricality and justice.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“A failure to achieve closure does not mean the TRC itself was a failure.  A careful and nuanced analysis of the public enactment of the TRC shows that state transition can be validly and meaningfully experienced as an ongoing process with many stages.”

On the second:

“Performance has served as a potent and complex forum for negotiating rapid cultural, political and social changes on the African continent in the 20th and 21st centuries.”