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.

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.

We also invite contributions from SAVAH members on current research that engages topics not included in this call for papers.

We invite you to submit an abstract of between 300 and 400 words, due by 19 April 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 April 2022. In the top menu bar of this website, click on 2022 Conference > Submit Paper to submit your abstract for consideration.

The full version of the call for papers can be downloaded below.