International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference

IGGAD 2024 Speaking with an Unbroken Tongue February 22-24, 2024

Coastal Carolina University and the Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies invite you to register for our 4th Annual IGGAD Conference and Gullah Geechee Community Day celebration, scheduled for February 22 - 24, 2024.

Our theme, Speaking with an Unbroken Tongue: Exploring and Celebrating the Language and Culture of Gullah Geechee People and the African Diaspora, will focus on oral Gullah Geechee language traditions as well as the cultural ways we communicate, the language of music, art, and fashion, and the language of resistance are some of the topics we will explore.  


Preliminary Schedule

Thursday (Feb. 22): Atlantic Beach, South Carolina (registration required)
Friday (Feb. 23): Coastal Carolina University--Conway, SC (registration required)
Saturday (Feb. 24): Community Day in Historic Downtown Conway, SC (free and open to the public)


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Registration and Hotel

Registration Information

Registration includes Thursday activities at Atlantic Beach, Friday presentations at Coastal Carolina University, and Saturday Community Day.

  • Early Registration (before January 31): $120
  • Early One-Day Registration (before January 31): $75
  • Registration (after January 31): $150
  • One-Day Registration (after January 31): $100
  • CCU Student: $25
  • High School Students: Free (with ID)

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Hotel Information

The primary conference hotel will be the Fairfield Inn and Suites at Coastal Carolina University, which is offering a 20% off rate for the stay ($133-143/night). Book your room now.



The IGAAD Committee is grateful for the following sponsors:


Platinum Sponsors ($10,000+)

Premium and Teal Sponsors ($1,000+)



The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation 

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission




Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce
Gullah Preservation Society
Attorney & Mrs. Winston D. McIver, Sr.
Dr. Winston McIver, Jr. and Attorney Angela Graham McIver
Heather Hodges


Horry County Museum

Downtown Alive

City of Conway

Horry County Memorial Library

First United Methodist Church

Horry County Historical Society

Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

The Athenaeum Press

Sustain Coastal




Past Sponsors

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation | SC Humanities | The Whittemore Racepath Historical Society | The Burroughs Fund for Southern Studies | Magnolia Plantation and Gardens | Marjorie McIver | SC Sea Grant Consortium  | Friendship Missionary Baptist Church | The Village Group | Digital Culture and Design and the Edwards Digital Commons | Office of Diversity and Inclusion | South Carolina Humanities (Major Hometown Humanities Grant) | Horry County Higher Education Commission | Cultural Arts, Coastal Carolina University



Past Conferences

Past Conferences

IGGAD22 Program (Who Owns This?)

IGGAD2020: Without Borders Program (updated 2.28)

IGGAD 2020 Digital Repository

Photos from our Conference and Community Day.

Press Coverage of Previous IGGAD Conferences