This year's 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 theme of the conference is

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

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 20 May 2022. Successful applicants from the first as well as the second calls will be notified by 31 May 2022. In the top menu bar of this website, click on 2022 Conference > Submit Paper to submit your abstract for consideration.

Read more in the Second Call For Papers, which can be downloaded below. Any questions relating to the conference can be sent to

This year the SAVAH conference will run concurrently with the DUT Arts Research Kaleidoscope and DigiFest - see details below.