Department of Music, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban

29 August – 1 September 2018

The South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) invites contributions for its 2018 congress, hosted by the Department of Music, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Louise Meintjes (Duke University) and Dr Lindelwa Dalamba (University of the Witwatersrand).

SASRIM encourages the submission of a wide variety of proposals, including those that explore alternative formats, disciplinary intersections, the multiple facets of music research and practice, as well as perspectives on thinking and performing the boundary between ‘music thinking’ and ‘music making’.

With the 50-year commemoration of composer Todd Matshikiza’s passing , we particularly invite submissions that reflect on Matshikiza’s life and work.

All 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. Students whose proposals are accepted may apply to SASRIM for financial support towards travel and accommodation.

SASRIM invites proposals in a wide range of formats including:

  • papers (20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes open discussion)
  • lecture-demonstrations (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes open discussion)
  • panels (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes open discussion)
  • performances and/or demonstrations (20 – 45 minutes presentation + 10 minutes open discussion)
  • workshops
  • exhibitions, film screenings and poster presentations

Proposals must include:

  • an abstract with title (300 words)
  • Biographical note (not exceeding 50 words), e-mail address and phone number of presenter(s)
  • 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)
  • Proposed length in the case of workshops, film screenings and panels
  • biographical information, institutional affiliation and contact details for all participants
  • audio-visual or display requirements
  • Any additional requirements (instruments, equipment etc).

Proposals must be submitted to by no later than 30 March 2018. The programme committee expects to contact all applicants with a final decision by 11 May 2018.

Programme committee: Lizabé Lambrechts, Grant Olwage, Carina Venter, Kathryn Olsen.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Louise Meintjes is Associate Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, and author of Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio (2003; photographs by TJ Lemon) and Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid (2017), both published by Duke University Press. Her interests span sound and sensory studies, the voice, dance, politics of music production, and experimental ethnographic writing.

Dr Lindelwa Dalamba teaches music history in the University of the Witwatersrand School of Arts’ Department of Music. She completed her undergraduate education at Rhodes University, continued her postgraduate education at UKZN, and read for her PhD in Historical Musicology at St. John’s College, Cambridge. She is an historian of South African Jazz, focusing on its career in South Africa and in exile during apartheid; she has published on these topics in South African Music StudiesThe Journal of South African and American StudiesAnthropology Southern Africa and The World of Music (new series). Her current research, funded by the National Research Foundation, explores Todd Matshikiza’s literary, historical and musical worlds.

2nd Bow Music Conference Keynote Address (delivered by Prof. Andrew Tracey)

Prof. Gerhard Kubik is an Austrian cultural anthropologist and music ethnologist. He received his Ph.D in  1971 in ethnology (University of Vienna) and during his lengthly and prolific career, he has gone on lecture tours across Europe, the U.S.A., various African countries, Brazil and Japan. He is an honorary member of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Kubik is the author of numerous publications such as Theory of African Music I and II (University of  Chicago Press, 2010); Extensions of African Cultures in Brazil (Diasporic Africa Press,  2013) and most recently Jazz Transatlantic, Vol. 1 and 2 (University of Mississippi Press, 2017).

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