The Charles W. Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina will be holding its second International Gullah Geeechee and African Diaspora Conference on March 4-7, 2020. This year’s theme will focus on the politics and mechanics of digitizing and preserving the African Diaspora.
The IGGAD 2020 conference's theme Without Borders: Tracing the Cultural, Archival and Political African Diaspora will bring together academics and practitioners from interdisciplinary areas of study, who offer their ground-breaking contributions in the form of scholarly papers, films, performances and spoken poetry. We will also have a special Gullah Geechee Community Day in collaboration with the City of Conway on Saturday, March 7.
This year’s theme—Without Borders: Tracing the Cultural, Archival and Political African Diaspora—focuses on the political, technological and cultural encodings and decodings of the African Diaspora in archives, public interpretation, performance and community organizing.
Of special importance is our conference’s emphasis on the community-based participatory model, which recognizes the importance of cultural practitioners and community participation to the success of the conference. To this end, the last day of our conference is a public-facing community day that will be held in the historic City of Conway, South Carolina, near the Myrtle Beach and Georgetown areas. This day will combine workshops, performances and film screenings with project presentations and short lectures.