University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

29 August - 2 September 2018

SASRIM 2018 conference website


THEME: New Paths and Emerging Directions in Bow Music Scholarship

The 2nd International Bow Music Conference is convening at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban from 29 August to 2 September 2018, in conjunction with the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) Twelfth Annual Congress. Focused on musical bows as a scientific field of scholarly study and diverse global range of performance practices, the conference builds on successes of the inaugural Bow Music Conference held in February 2016, which include the issuing in 2017, of a volume of selected manuscripts as Proceedings of the 1st International Bow Music Conference by the International Library of African Music (ILAM), who is also the publisher of the African Music journal.

With the objective of furthering our understanding of bow music traditions in their historical, emergent and contemporary contexts of practice and scholarship, the organisers of the 2nd International Bow Music cordially invite proposals for paper presentations, panel discussions, lecture demonstrations, practical workshops, music performances, poster/instrument exhibitions as well as short documentary film and video presentations.

Envisaged proposals will address, among other concerns:

  • Contemporary and future relevance of musical bow scholarship and performance
  • Musical bow traditions in transformation in an advancing technological era
  • Musical bows in education and in/ as cultural heritage
  • Role of musical bows in the global cultural commons
  • Musical bows and the development of sustainable regional and global culture

Proposed maximum length of contributions including open discussion:

  • papers (30 minutes) 20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes open discussion)
  • lecture-demonstrations (60 minutes)
  • panels (60 minutes)
  • performances and/or demonstrations (30 – 60 minutes)
  • workshops (60 minutes)
  • exhibitions, film screenings and poster presentations

Proposals must include:

  • Title and abstract or description of contribution (maximum 350 words)
  • Biography (maximum 50 words)
  • Title and institutional affiliation of presenter[s]
  • Email and phone contact details
  • Audio-visual requirements
  • Other equipment requirements (eg. musical instruments, PA and sound amplification etc.)

The deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals is FRIDAY 27 APRIL

Please submit proposals (and enquiries) to