South African Cultural Observatory National Conference
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#SACOConf2022: Call for abstracts for papers & presentations

4th International South African Cultural Observatory Conference  

Call for abstracts, presentations, panels and papers under the theme

‘Creative economy reset: Structuring the creative and cultural industries for a sustainable and inclusive future.’


The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) invites you to submit an abstract or proposal for consideration for the SACO’s 4th international conference #SacoConf2022 to be held on 9 and 10 November 2022, at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria/ Tshwane, South Africa.

This will be a hybrid event with opportunities offered for both in-person and virtual attendees.

Theme: ‘Creative economy reset: Structuring the creative and cultural industries for a sustainable and inclusive future.’


1. Dealing with disruption: trends, developments and responses - global perspectives on the creative economy.
2. The cartography of the new creative economy: Constructing, categorizing and revaluing the creative economy.
3. International trade and creative markets.
4. Cultural policy in transition.
5. Innovation, adaptation, entrepreneurship: from theory to lived experience.
6. Creative work and human capital.
7. Cultural participation and consumption.
8. The creative economy and digital transformation.
9. Funding, financing and investing in the creative economy.

Who should participate?

  • local and international academics; 
  • industry professionals and practitioners; 
  • public managers, policy-makers and intellectuals; 
  • researchers and consultants; 
  • private sector sponsors and practitioners; 
  • NGOs and NPOs;
  • arts funders and impact investors;
  • organisations working in cultural and creative industries (CCIs);
  • creative workers and young creators; and 
  • organisers of cultural festivals & events.

What abstracts and proposals should be submitted?

Proposals from fields that are relevant to the themes and subject matter outlined below will be considered. New proposals from practitioners, organisations and interested parties in all cultural and creative domains – and particularly case studies and reflections on lived experiences – are also welcome. Co-authored or presented pieces are welcome.

What should be included in your proposal?

  • Proposals for papers and presentations should take the form of an abstract of between 300-400 words. Abstracts should show clearly how the relevant theme/s of the conference are addressed, the approach and the kinds of information used (such as data, case studies, literature reviews), and the findings and/or lessons learned.
  • Proposals for popular or academic panel discussions should be accompanied by a short rationale, abstract or motivation, under 400 words, and a short outline of the speaker/s’ experience in the field.

Consideration will be given to all submissions and applicants will be notified of acceptance within 2-3 weeks of the deadline. Selected papers will be considered for a post-conference publication or academic output. 
Deadline for submissions: 30 August 2022.
Info:                 Sinethemba Vitshima on 
Contact:          +27(0)41 504 4930, 21-23 Donkin Street, Central, Gqeberha, South Africa

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By submitting your abstract, you (and all the authors involved) agree to have it possibly edited, included and published in the SACO 2022 abstract booklet; and release the SACO team from all responsibility for the continued accuracy of the information and any withholding copyright issue of the data or information contained within. Authors are responsible for all content in their abstracts including accuracy of the facts, statements, citing resources, and so on.