The Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies
The Joyner Institute examines the historical migration and scattering of African populations to our region, specifically Gullah Geechee communities.
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Eric CrawfordDirector, Charles Joyner Institute
The Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies examines the historical migration and scattering of African populations to local geographical areas and the subsequent evolution of blended cultures, specifically Gullah. CCU’s location at the northern tip of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor puts it in a unique position for diaspora study and research. The work of the institute provides students with experiential learning opportunities, both at home and abroad, that center on interconnections among local, national and global peoples and their societies.
The Charles Joyner Institute is comprised of experiential learning projects, special events, and a minor in African Diaspora Studies.
In March 2019, the Joyner Institute hosted the first annual conference on Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Studies, and will also hold the second annual conference on March 4-7, 2020 at Coastal Carolina University.
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