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International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference

See You Again in 2022

The Charles W. Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies thanks all who participated in its conference on March 4-7, 2020, themed 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. This year, the conference welcomed over 350 participants for our academic conference and over 800 community members for our Gullah Geechee Community Day.

Over the 2020-2021 year, the Gullah Institute and our partners at the Athenaeum Press will be planning a journal to showcase the work from our conference. We will also be posting coverage of specific talks and lectures as part of the celebration in Spring 2021. We will post updates for our 2022 conference in Summer 2021. Follow the Gullah Institute on Facebook for the latest updates.

Materials from the 2020 Conference

Conference Program (pdf)

IGGAD 2020 Digital Repository

Photos from our Conference and Community Day.

Press Coverage of IGGAD2020

Thank You to Our Conference Partners


Inaugural (2019) Conference Coverage

Thank you to the more than 400 scholars, activists, and community members who made our inaugural conference a roaring success. Participants described the event as a type of homecoming, where new and old connections were made.


The IGAADS committee is grateful to the following organizations for their support for the 2020 conference.

Diamond Sponsors ($10,000+)

Platinum Sponsors and Grants ($5,000+)

Teal Sponsors ($2,000+)

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation 


The Burroughs Fund for Southern Studies
Maggi Morehouse

 Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission Logo, 2017

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

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Marjorie McIver

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

SeaGrant Consortrium Logo Coastal Science Center

SC Sea Grant Consortium 


Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

The Village Group


Horry County Museum 



If you are interested in joining these organizations in your support of the IGGAD 2020 conference, please contact Eric Crawford ( 

Learn more about the Conference

The 2020 IGGAD conference will bring together scholars, artists and community practitioners to trace the African Diaspora. Early registration expires on January 15.