The Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies has announced the third annual International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference, themed Who Owns This? Communities, Heritage, and Preservation. This hybrid conference will return to Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, and online February 25-26.
The conference will bring together scholars, archivists, community practitioners, performers, and artists to explore inclusive projects and challenges that seek to break the cycle of exploitation and commodification in cultural, historical, and preservation work across the Gullah Geechee Corridor and global African Diaspora.
This year, the conference shifts its focus on programming to center on interactive workshops and shorter project presentations and poster sessions. Conference organizers are interested in cultivating conversations and skills around inclusive oral history practices, community-engaged archaeology, physical preservation techniques, community-driven archives, and grant-writing workshops.
Community practitioners and participation are at the heart of the conference, and so the Saturday programming will take place in the historic downtown Conway, South Carolina. The day will combine performances and film screenings with public-facing workshops and short presentations.
The conference will also be accepting submissions of creative works for a pop-up art show throughout our Saturday Community Day.
See both calls for proposals here: https://athenaeumpress.submittable.com/submit
The priority deadline is November 12, but submissions will be accepted until the programming slots are filled.
Registration, programming, and accommodation information will be released the first week of December. Keep up to date at gullahconference.com.
Please reach out with any questions to [email protected] or (843) 349-2947.
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