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International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference

Join Us | IGGAD 2020: March 4-7, 2020

The Charles W. Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina will be holding its second International Gullah Geeechee and African Diaspora Conference on March 4-7, 2020. This year’s theme will focus on the politics and mechanics of digitizing and preserving the African Diaspora. 

The IGGAD 2020 conference's theme 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. We will hold a Gullah Geechee Community Day in collaboration with the City of Conway on Saturday, March 7. Those submitting session proposals will be asked if they would be interested in developing a presentation for general audiences for that community day.


Keynotes and Special Events

Read more about our keynotes and see the conference schedule >>

Registration to our conference includes all evening performances and receptions. If you would like to purchase tickets for just one performance, please see the links below and on the schedule.

  • Thursday, March 5: Drawing Circles through Dance
    Modern and Traditional African dance companies in conversation. 
    • 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre of the Republic
    • General Admission: $10, Students: $5 
    • Group Discount (5 or more): $7
  • Friday, March 6: Reclaiming the Banjo
    Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton and Justin Robinson (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) pay homage to the instrument's African roots.
    • 7:30 p.m., Lib Jackson Student Union Theatre
    • General Admission: $10, Students: $5
    • Group Discount (5 or more): $7

Conference Partners for IGGAD 2020

To offer your support of the conference, please make a donation now, or contact Joyner Institute Director Eric Crawford ( to see how you can get involved. 

Inaugural Conference Coverage

Thank you to the more than 400 scholars, activists and community members who made our innagural 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.