A belated happy 2018 to you all – I hope you rested well and arrived back at work refreshed and energised for what will hopefully be a productive and positive year!
Arrangements for the 2018 SASRIM conference are well underway: we are excited to be hosted by the Music Department at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban; as discussed at the 2017 AGM, the conference will span a slightly longer time period this year, beginning in the late afternoon of Wednesday 29 August and running until Saturday 1 September, closing with the SASRIM AGM.
We are excited to host Louise Meintjes and Lindelwa Dalamba as our 2018 keynote speakers. SASRIM also enters into a partnership this year with the International Bow Music Conference, first presented at UKZN in 2016. This collaboration should create exciting opportunities for interaction and exchange, and add much to the conference offering. As many of you know, SASRIM was fortunate to receive a substantial grant from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2017; this should enable us to financially assist several students to attend the conference, and I hope to see an even bigger increase in student participation in 2018 than we experienced in previous years. The Call for Contributions is currently open, and closes on 30 March. Please send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAMUS 36/37 is currently in print, and should reach members by the middle of May. Please ensure that your membership fees are paid up for 2016 and 2017, in order to receive your copy of this double volume.
I would also like to encourage all members to renew their membership for 2018 as soon as possible; your contributions are essential to the functioning of SASRIM, and we appreciate your continued support!
Dr Mareli Stolp
Postdoctoral Fellow: UKZN