The South African Society for Research in Music cordially invites you to its 2016 annual congress to be held at the Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State.
This year, we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the society, as well as the centenary of the birth of South African composer Arnold van Wyk. The keynote speakers are Stephanus Muller (Stellenbosch University) and Guthrie Ramsey (University of Pennsylvania).
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’. Contributions that reflect on the first decade of the society’s existence or any aspect related to Arnold van Wyk are especially welcome. 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:
Proposals for all papers, lecture-demonstrations, poster sessions, and exhibitions must include:
Proposals for panel discussions, performances, demonstrations, workshops and film screenings must include:
Proposals must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 1 March 2016. Due to the recent disruptions on South African university campuses, the deadline for proposals for the SASRIM 2016 Conference is extended to 18 March 2016.
Programme committee: Lizabe Lambrechts, Grant Olwage, Carina Venter, Lee Watkins.
Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. A widely published writer, he is the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (University of California Press, 2003). It was named outstanding book of the year by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). He also has recently completed In Walked Bud: Earl “Bud” Powell and the Modern Jazz Challenge, which is forthcoming from the University of California Press. His next book, Who Hears Here?: Essays on Black Music History and Society, a mid-career collection of his essays is also forthcoming. Ramsey received his doctorate in musicology from the University of Michigan and taught at Tufts University before joining the U-Penn faculty in 1998. He was a Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth College, a DuBois Institute Fellow at Harvard University, and has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and Harvard University. He is a pianist, composer and arranger for his Philadelphia-based band, Dr. Guy’s MusiQology. In 2007 the group released a CD titled Y the Q? and in 2012 he released The Colored Waiting Room. The sextet produces original music in a sound blending jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, neo-soul, and classical.
Among his recent work is Someone Is Listening, a commission (written with Barack Obama’s inaugural poet, Dr. Elizabeth Alexander) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. He co-curated the 2010 exhibition Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institute. Ramsey was also creative consultant and librettist for Ramsey Lewis’ A Proclamation of Hope: A Symphonic Poem, which premiered in 2009. His three-movement suite for voice and jazz ensemble, Art Songs in the Kingdom of Culture, premiered in February 2012 was written in tribute to W.E.B. Du Bois. Other work includes, essays in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Catalogue, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, CNN.com, and several short films related to the Colored Waiting Room project. Ramsey is the founder and editor of the popular blog, Musiqology.com, which is read around the world and boasts more than 65,000 views.
Stephanus Muller is a Professor at Stellenbosch University where he lectures in musicology and is the founder and Principal Investigator of Africa Open – Institute for Music, Research and Innovation that has developed from the Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS). He studied piano with Prof Joseph Stanford and Ms Marian Friedman and organ with Prof SC Zondagh at Pretoria University. He completed his BMus degree in performance in 1992 and studied musicology at Unisa with Prof Bernhard van der Linde and Prof Niel Geldenhuys. In 1998 he was awarded a MMus from Unisa and a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford. In 2001 he received his DPhil from Oxford for a thesis on South African music and identity politics written under the supervision of Prof Roger Parker. Before joining Stellenbosch in 2005, he lectured at the University of the Free State. From 2004-2006 he was the Chairman of the Musicological Society of Southern Africa, and he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the South African Society for Research in Music in the capacity of co-editor of the societys journal. He has edited NewMusicSA and a guest issue of SAMUS on the music of Peter Klatzow. He is also the co-editor of A Composer in Africa: Essays on the Life and Work of Stefans Grové (2005) and Gender, Sexuality and Music in South Africa (2004). His acclaimed biographical fiction on the life and work of the composer Arnold van Wyk, Nagmusiek (2014), has been awarded the Jan Rabie-Rapport Book Prize for fiction, the kykNet-Rapport Book Prize for non-fiction as well as the Debut prize from the University of Johannesburg.
The ninth annual SASRIM congress was held at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town from 16 to 18 July 2015, with keynote speaker Christopher Ballantine (emeritus professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal).
SASRIM hosted well-known music education specialist Lucy Green from the Institute of Education at the University of London, as keynote speaker at the conference in 2014.
Lucy Green (Professor of Music Education, Institute of Education, University of London) is a leading music education specialist, with a focus on the philosophy and sociology of music education, particularly musical identities. She is the author of five single-author books and her work has significantly influenced the thinking about musical learning and pedagogy, particularly how the learning practices of popular musicians can inform and change formal learning (e.g. Music, Informal Learning and the School and How Popular Musicians Learn).
The Seventh Annual SASRIM Conference was held at Fort Hare University, East London from 18 to 20 July 2013. Keynote speakers at this event included well-known musicologists Susan McClary and Robert Walser (both from Case University in Cleveland, USA). See the SASRIM 2013 Conference Website for more information.
|Susan Mclary (2007 clip - 45:27 mins)|
The Sixth Annual SASRIM Conference was held at Tshwane University of Technology from 19 to 21 July 2012. Proposals were invited on a wide range of music related topics, encouraging discussions across previously segregated sub-disciplines.
The Fifth Annual SASRIM conference was held at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, from 23 to 25 June 2011.
|SASRIM was founded in order to draw together persons researching all fields of music, a move that was intended to stimulate discussions across previously segregated sub-disciplines and to result in synergistic benefits to our research and even to the way in which we conceptualise our research. With this aim in mind, and in contrast to its previous congresses and the 2010 IMS-SASRIM Conference, SASRIM decided not to specify a theme for its 2011 congress. Participants were invited to submit proposals for lecture demonstrations and round-table discussions as well as individual papers.|
The dates of the 2011 Congress were chosen so that participants could stay in Grahamstown for the IASPM conference (27 June–1 July) and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
The SASRIM 2010 conference was held in collaboration with a planned regional meeting of the International Musicological Society (IMS) in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Please visit the IMS-SASRIM 2010 Conference Website for more information.
The SASRIM 2009 conference was held from 29 June - 1 July 2009 in Durban, South Africa. This conference was scheduled specifically so that SASRIM delegates could attend the ICTM conference, also held in Durban from 1-8 July 2009.