The South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) cordially invites you to its 2017 annual congress to be held at the School of Music and Conservatory, North West University, Potchefstroom. The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be Professor Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza.

This year, SASRIM is pleased to present an African Music Meeting in conjunction with our annual congress. This event will bring together performers, educators and scholars from across the African continent for four days of mutual collaboration and interchange, performances, lectures and workshops. The meeting will take place from 28 August-31 August, and all delegates are welcome to attend. We are also pleased to welcome music education specialist Professor June Boyce-Tillman as special guest speaker at the 2017 congress.

SASRIM encourages the submission of a wide variety of proposals, including those that explore alternative formats (lecture recitals, performance demonstrations, workshops), multiple facets of music research and practice on the African continent, disciplinary intersections, and perspectives on thinking and performing the boundary between ‘music thinking’ and ‘music making’. Proposals will be assessed individually, without privileging particular subjects or methodologies.

The society extends a special invitation to undergraduate and postgraduate students to submit proposals and/or attend the congress. Students whose proposals are accepted may apply to SASRIM for limited financial support.

SASRIM invites proposals for:

  • papers (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for response)
  • lecture-demonstrations (45 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for response)
  • panel discussions (45 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for response)
  • performances and/or demonstrations (20 – 45 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for response)
  • workshops
  • exhibitions, film screenings and poster presentations

Proposals for all papers, lecture-demonstrations, poster sessions, and exhibitions must include:

  • an abstract with title (300 words)
  • biographical information and contact details of presenter(s) (50 words)
  • audio-visual or display requirements
  • Any additional requirements (instruments, equipment etc.)

Proposals for panel discussions, performances, demonstrations, workshops and film screenings must include:

  • a title, description of individual contributions and overarching theme[s] (450 words)
  • biographical information, institutional affiliation and contact details for all participants
  • audio-visual or display requirements
  • Preferred time, minimum 20 minutes to maximum 45 minutes
  • Any additional requirements (instruments, equipment etc).



Proposals must be submitted to by no later than 3 March 2017.

Programme committee: Lizabé Lambrechts, Grant Olwage, Carina Venter, Lee Watkins.

Please see Guidelines for Writing Conference Paper Proposals.