The 36th Annual SAVAH Conference will be hosted by the Department of Fine Art & Jewellery Design, Faculty of Arts & Design, Durban University of Technology, City Campus 20 ‐ 22 September 2022. The Call for Papers is now closed and successful applicants have now been notified.

THEME: Romancing the Stone: Lithic Ecologies & Hard Places in South African Visual Culture [Breaking Rock]

The relationship between human beings and stone as a medium, metaphor and artefact has a significant and contested history within the visual arts. We use the word in metaphors to signify impermeable ideas and hardened frameworks. We describe ideas and ideologies as set in stone when we feel that they cannot be changed or shifted.
How can the metaphor of romancing the stone assist us in navigating the rocky, harder places in South Africa’s visual culture? We propose this figurative theme of romancing the stone as a productive framework to cast a wide net amongst the hard places in South African visual culture. We invite papers and visual presentations from scholars, researchers, and post‐graduate students. Practice-based research is particularly welcome.

This year the SAVAH conference will run concurrently with the DUT Arts Research Kaleidoscope and DigiFest (


The FINAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME can be downloaded below.

Any questions relating to the conference can be sent to


We have negotiated special rates for SAVAH delegates at the following hotels:

Blue Waters Hotel @ R 1322.00  per person per night / Elangeni Hotel @ R 1700.00 / Sun Coast Towers @ R 2 170.00

For Sun Coast Towers, there is a free-sell block under Logikal Event Management: please quote reference number 1555674 in order to get the rate.

The organisers are gathering numbers for the purpose of a possible block hotel discount at the Blue Waters Hotel. If you are interested in this option, please express interest to Gareth August ( at your soonest convenience.