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International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference

Feb. 25 - 26, 2022

IGGAD 2022: Who Owns This? Communities, Heritage, and Preservation
Friday, February 25 - Saturday, February 26, 2022
Hybrid + Conway, SC
Friday: Scholar Seminar and Workshops
Saturday: Community Day and Workshops in Downtown Conway

Call for Proposals and Creative Works
Priority Deadline: November 12, 2021, but continuing to accept proposals

The Joyner Institute for Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University invites your participation at its third International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference, themed Who Owns This? Communities, Heritage, and Preservation. This hybrid conference will take place at Coastal Carolina University and online over 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, we are seeking proposals for interactive workshops and discussions, as well as posters, project presentations, and creative work. Priority deadline is November 12. We are especially 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.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Alli Crandell, Interim Director of the Joyner Institute,


Past Conferences

IGGAD2020: Without Borders Program (updated 2.28)

IGGAD 2020 Digital Repository

Photos from our Conference and Community Day.

Press Coverage of Previous IGGAD Conferences


The IGAADS committee is grateful to the following organizations for their support for the 2020 and 2019 conferences.

If you are interested in supporting the 2022 conference, please reach out to Alli Crandell. We do accept material donations and in-kind services, alongside monetary contributions. 

Diamond Sponsors ($10,000+)

Platinum Sponsors and Grants ($5,000+)

Teal Sponsors ($2,000+)


The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation 


The Burroughs Fund for Southern Studies
Maggi Morehouse


The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

 South Carolina Humanities (Major Hometown Humanities Grant)

Horry County Higher Education Commission

Cultural Arts, Coastal Carolina University


Digital Culture and Design and the Edwards Digital Commons
Jen Boyle

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown




Premium Sponsors ($1,000+)

Sponsors ($500+)  Partners 


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Marjorie McIver

Coastal Carolina Univeristy Departmental Sponsors:
Anthropology and GeographyCommunication, Media, and CultureEnglishHistoryMusicPoliticsVisual Art


SC Sea Grant Consortium 

 Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

The Village Group



Horry County Museum 


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