Sound on Water

Soundscapes of the Indian Ocean

Rufus Maculuve: musician and researcher, Kaleidoscopio, Maputo

The Soundscape of the Ship

Lindelwa Dalamba: Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand

Sights and Sounds of Water: Influencing Science and Engineering

Craig Sheridan: Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand

Another World is Possible

Ari Sitas: Re-Centring AfroAsia, University of Cape Town


Isabel Hofmeyr: New York University and University of the Witwatersrand

18 August 2017 / WiSER Seminar Room, University of the Witwatersrand


As part of Re-Centring AfroAsia project, the Wits City Institute and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research WiSER convened an interdisciplinary workshop drawing together a musician, a musicologist, an engineer (Rufus Maculuve, Lindelwa Dalamba, Craig Sheridan respectively) and a social scientist (sociologist Ari Sitas) for an experimental dialogue. Chaired by Isabel Hofmeyr, the Sound on Water workshop focused  on both aesthetics and physics, and explored ways to think with and through water in radically interdisciplinary ways. 

Rufus Maculuve, Lindelwa Dalamba, Craig Sheridan’s contributions in the form of sound / music performance, images and narrative all complimented the ideas proposed by Ari Stitas as project leader of the Re-centring AfroAsia collaboration across three univeristies – the Univeristies of Cape Town and the Western Cape in Cape Town and the Univeristy of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.