Symposium and Workshop: South African Opera Productions after the Apartheid

Venue: Universität Bayreuth

Date:   18th– 19th October 2018

Call for Papers:

Deadline: 15th August 2018

With the end of the Apartheid era, opera – stigmatized as ‘eurocentric opera’ – became a symbol of Western dominance/colonial imposition and seemed to be dead in South Africa.

But in fact, especially the so called ‘indigenous opera’ ‘flourishes’ as something of an anachronism and can be assessed as ‘black empowerment’ (Naomi André 2018).

The writing of a historiography of opera productions in South Africa although has academically just shortly started (Donato Somma 2016; Hilde Roos 2013, 2010; Martina Viljoen 2006) and is confronted with problems of different natures: political structures, post-colonization, globalization, unstable artistic standards and institutional relations.

The ‘bloom’ of opera presents itself neither through regular performances nor through crowded theatre halls. This is a consequence of the difficult political relations of artistic production in South Africa, which are among others characterized by a lack of funding and the re-organization of the Performing Arts Councils/ National Arts Councils. The existing significant multiple theatricalities of South Africa are thereby not having a platform to present themselves. The market pressure results often in overseas productions financing the few performances in the country itself. Thereby putting itself on risk to confirm with their opera productions transferred expectations of a South African identity rather than expressing an ‘authentic’ one.

This symposium will focus on South African Opera productions. Thereby the aim of the symposium is to represent the plurality of artistic concepts that deal in different ways with the multiple challenges of political and social transformation. How can opera in South Africa be involved in the process of societal transformation in a post-apartheid society? Which new artistic concepts are needed? How does themes for the libretti change? How did language, the style of composition and orchestration transform? Which new locations for performances are found to involve new audiences? How did the aesthetics change? And how are new media used either for a new aesthetic of performances, as with e.g. ‘Lamento’ (Umculo) or ‘U-Carmen eKhayelitsha’ (Isango Ensemble), or for marketing purposes?

For the first day of the symposium presentations shall focus on one opera productions. To ‘map’ the plurality of the field presentations are invited that cover one of the following topics.

  1. South African opera productions
  • Operas of different opera companies and composers
  • Different locations of opera performances (opera house, township, film)
  • Aesthetics of the opera opus itself
  • Analysis of compositions, libretti & performances

With Prof. Dr. Naomi André (University Michigan, USA), Dr. Donato Somma (University of Witwatersrand, SA) and Dr. Lena van der Hoven (among others) some experts in the field are invited. They will present on ‘Winnie – The Opera’ (Bongani Ndodana-Breen), ‘Princess Magogo’ (Opera Africa, Mzilikazi Khumalo), ‘Heart of Redness’ (Cape Town Opera, Neo Muyanga) and ‘Romeo’s Passion’ (Umculo, Cathy Milliken).

The workshop on the second day will cover transformation processes of Opera production in South Africa focusing on the following topics:

  • Opera institutions & opera companies
  • Finances/ Funding
  • Audiences
  • Marketing
  • Political impact

Abstracts (max. 2000 characters) for 20 minutes papers along with the technical requirements for the talk and a short CV with contact details should be sent by 15th August 2018 to Lena van der Hoven (Lena.van-der-Hoven@uni-bayreuth.de). Contributions from both the humanities and social sciences are welcome (Musicology, Theatre Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Sociology). Early career researchers in particular are encouraged to contribute. The chosen speakers will be informed by 31th August 2018 and the conference programme published online at http://www.prof-musikwissenschaft.uni-bayreuth.de/de/index.html .

 

 

Ninth Annual Congress of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM), Cape Town, 16-18 July 2015

SASRIM cordially invites you to its ninth annual congress to be held at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 16-18 July 2015.

This year, for the first time, two keynote speakers were approached to speak at SASRIM’s annual congress, namely Christopher Ballantine (emeritus professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Lydia Goehr (professor, Columbia University). We look forward to these influential scholars’ presentations which will be a highlight of the conference.

Submissions are invited on any research topic related to music. Presentations will be accepted solely on the basis of their quality, and will not be limited to any particular subject matter or research approach. SASRIM hopes to encourage the submission of a wide variety of proposals, including those that cross disciplinary boundaries and offer new perspectives.

We extend a special invitation to undergraduate and postgraduate students to submit proposals and/or attend the congress, and thereby use SASRIM as a forum for intellectual growth, networking and career development. Students whose proposals are accepted may apply to SASRIM for limited financial support.

See you in Cape Town in July!

See the SASRIM 2015 Conference Website for more information.

South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) Eighth Annual Congress

Invitation and Call for Papers

SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR RESEARCH IN MUSIC (SASRIM) EIGHTH ANNUAL CONGRESS

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 12-14 September 2014

SASRIM cordially invites you to its 2014 annual congress to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The keynote speaker will be well-known music education specialist Lucy Green from the Institute of Education at the University of London.

Submissions are invited on any research related to music. Presentations will be accepted solely on the basis of their quality, and not on their subject matter or approach. SASRIM hopes that the conference in this way will stimulate the submission of a wide variety of proposals, including those that may cross the boundaries of conventionally segregated disciplines and thereby offer new perspectives.

We extend a special invitation to students to submit proposals and use the conference as a forum for networking and their development. Students whose proposals are accepted may apply to SASRIM for limited financial support.

SASRIM invites proposals for

  • papers (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for response)
  • lecture-demonstrations (45 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for response)
  • panel discussions (45 minutes for presentations and 15 minutes for responses)
  • study group sessions (90 minutes, i.e. 3 presentations by different presenters and responses)
  • poster sessions

Proposals for all presentations, lecture-demonstrations and poster sessions must include

  • an abstract with title (maximum 300 words)
  • biographical information and contact detail of presenter(s) (maximum 50 words)
  • audio-visual or display requirements

Proposals for panel discussions and study group sessions must include

  • an explanation of the topic and a structure for its discussion (maximum 400 words)
  • a list of all members as well as their institutional affiliation and contact details
  • audio-visual requirements

Proposals must be submitted to secretary@sasrim.ac.za by no later than 15 April 2013.

Lucy Green is Professor of Music Education, Institute of Education, University of London. She is a leading music education specialist, with a focus on the philosophy and sociology of music education, particularly musical identities. She is the author of five single-author books and her work has significantly influenced the thinking about musical learning and pedagogy,  particularly how the learning practices of popular musicians can inform and change formal learning (e.g. Music, Informal Learning and the School and How Popular Musicians Learn).

Phone: +27 (012) 429 6662 – Fax: 086 525 3704
Email: secretary@sasrim.ac.za
Conference Website: http://sasrim2014.wordpress.com/