King George V Avenue
Berea, KZN
South Africa

The Bow Music Conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 24 - 27 February 2016 is put together in consultation with southern African and international bow music researchers. Participation will include academics from a wide spectrum of indigenous musical arts, practitioners and cultural bearers of diverse bow music traditions in sub-Saharan and abroad.

Call for Proposals

24 – 27 FEBRUARY 2016


The 1st Bow Music Conference


Durban, South Africa


In the digital era, the persistence of bows in our relationship to musical sound is acknowledged in expanding research, greater public interest and visibility of indigenous bow music practices in recorded, live and broadcast performance media. While musical bows occur indigenously in several regions of the world: Europe, the Americas, Oceania, Pacific islands, Asia including China and  areas of the Indian subcontinent, the richest diversity in  musical bows has been documented in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the world. In contemporary South Africa a growing focus on musical bows has been expressed in several innovative events, such as the Bow Project (2008), Ikhaya (2010) Insurrections (2012 –15) and ICTM-African Musics Study Group’s recent symposium in Durban in October 2015.
In order to deepen our understanding of the historical, creative and scientific importance of musical bows in the global experience of organized sound, the ‘Sources of Creativity’ Project (hosted by the Music Discipline at the University of KwaZulu-Natal) invites proposals for:

    •    Papers, lecture demonstrations, workshop presentations (20 mins duration plus 10 mins for discussion)
    •    music performances (30 - 40 mins duration)
    •    Excerpts from video and documentary film (maximum 40 mins duration including discussion) 
    •    exhibitions (including posters, and instrument displays)
    •    panel discussions (no longer than 60 mins duration)

For all presentations, proposals should include:

    •    an abstract (300 words) 
    •    brief biography, institutional affiliation and contact details (100 words) 
    •    audio-visual or display requirements

Panel discussion proposals should include:

    •    a brief explanation of the topic and a structure for its discussion (400 words) 
    •    a list of panel members, their institutional affiliation and contact details
    •    audio-visual requirements


Please submit proposals to by no later than 31 December 2015.