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International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference

Feb. 24 - 26, 2022

IGGAD 2022: Who Owns This? Communities, Heritage, and Preservation
Thursday, Feb. 24 - Saturday, February 26, 2022
Hybrid + Conway, SC
Friday: Scholar Seminar and Workshops
Saturday: Community Day and Workshops in Downtown Conway

The Joyner Institute for Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University is pleased to host 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 24 - 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, our event will center around interactive workshops and discussions, as well as posters, project presentations, and creative work. 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,


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The IGAAD Committee is grateful for the following sponsors:


Diamond Sponsors ($10,000+)

Platinum Sponsors ($5,000+)

Teal Sponsors ($2,000+)


The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation 




The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

Athenaeum Press
Coastal Carolina University


 Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Coastal Carolina University

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

South Carolina Humanities

Gullah Preservation Society
Craft Supplies and Swag Materials

Premium Sponsors ($1,000+)

Sponsors ($500+)  Partners 

Sustain Coastal

Whittemore Racepath Historical Society

The Village Group 

Department of Anthropology and Geography

 Department of English

Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies

Department of History


Department of Music

Department of Visual Arts

Coastal Carolina University

Horry County Museum

Downtown Alive

City of Conway

Horry County Memorial Library

Waccamaw National Wildlife Foundation


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. 


Past Sponsors

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

IGGAD2020: Without Borders Program (updated 2.28)

IGGAD 2020 Digital Repository

Photos from our Conference and Community Day.

Press Coverage of Previous IGGAD Conferences