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Conference Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2019 Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference.

Wednesday, March 6  |  Thursday, March 7  |  Friday, March 8  |  Saturday, March 9

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Location: Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet, S.C.)

Page Kiniry (President and CEO, Brookgreen Gardens)

O, Freedom Ova Me! Past, Present and Future
Ron Daise (Brookgreen Gardens)

Mini-tour of Brookgreen Gardens

  Marlena Smalls
7-8:30 p.m. RECEPTION 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Location: Coastal Carolina University (Conway, S.C.)
Session 1
Partial Truths: Toward a Better Understanding of Invisible Institutions Present in Gullah Culture

Invisible Institutions within and among Gullah Communities
Veronica Gerald (Coastal Carolina University)

The Water: Examining the Meanings of Saltwater in the Making of Gullah Pasts, Presents, and Futures
Krystal A. Smalls (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Session 2

Reinterpretations of Gullah Geechee Culture

Wha Dah Putah Say Bout We?: How Digital Media Preserves and Reinvents Gullah-Geechee Culture
Arlecia D. Simmons (Claflin University)

Reconstruction 360. Module One: Forty Acres and a Mule
Betsy Newman (South Carolina Educational Television)
The Gullah Digital Archive of St. Helena Island
Peter Rutkoff (Kenyon College)
Session 1
A Collection of Short Performances
Chair: Gwendolyn Schwinke (Coastal Carolina University)
Session 2

West African and Gullah Geechee Musical Examinations

African and Western Aspects of Nicholas Ballanta’s Opera Afiwa
Joceryl Beckley (Milton Margai College of Education and Technology)

An Examination of the Fanti-Spirituals Found in Nicholas Ballanta's Manuscripts
Dyke Kiel (Cottey College)

“Gullah is My Ministry”: Music and Religion-as-Policy among Gullah Geechees
Douglas Peach (Indiana University-Bloomington)
10:55-11:40 a.m. KEYNOTE
  Sheila Walker, cultural anthropologist and filmmaker
11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. LIGHTNING TALKS
Session 1
Stretched and Limited: The Role of Organizational Partnerships on Somali Refugees’ Integration Experience
Elizabeth Burdette Roberts (College of Charleston)

We Understand Ayo: Preserving our Past, Shaping our Future
Nadine Marchena Kean (Independent Scholar)
Session 2
Buried in Plain Sight: Atlanta Connections to Lowcountry Aesthetic and Spatial Orientation in Georgia Coastal/Sea Islands
Tiffany Harris (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Reinventing Erzulie's Past for Literature's Future
Nia Dickens (Richard Hugo House)

12:20-1 p.m. LUNCH
1:05-2:35 p.m.
Session 1
World Drumming Workshop
Roger Johansen (Coastal Carolina University)

Session 2

African Diaspora Consortium: Utilizing Research and Best Practices to Enhance Educational Outcomes Across the African Diaspora
Chair: Rhonesha Blaché (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Educating Across the Diaspora: The Development and Implementation of a Seminal Advanced Placement Course with African Diaspora Content
Nafees Khan (Clemson University)
The African Diaspora Globalization Student Exchange (ADCGSE): The Arts as Cross-Culture Interconnection and Social Justice Leadership
Kim N. Archung (Global Student Affairs)
Empower Over Power: Students Engagement with Inequality and Social Justice and Perceptions of Their Social Environment
Shani Nakhid-Schuster (Teachers College, Columbia University)
An Indigenous and Spiritual Lens on Culturally Responsive Education
Nakeeba Wauchope (New York University-Steinhardt)
2:35-2:50 p.m. LIGHTNING TALKS
Session 1
The South Carolina Lowcountry Micro-ethnic Diversity Project
Esohe Irabor (Howard University)

Identifying Genetic and Bio-Cultural Associations to Cardiovascular Disease amongst the Gullah Geechee and Affiliated Groups
Jennifer Caldwell (Howard University)
Session 1
Gullah Geechee Documentary Film Festival
Heather Hodges (Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission)
Session 2

Perseverance in the Record: Archaeological Examples of Institutional Continuity from Guinea to South Carolina
Chair: Andrew Agha
Spiritual Spaces Within the Diaspora: Identifying Shrines at Dean Hall Plantation, Berkeley County, South Carolina
Andrew Agha (Coastal Carolina University, University of South Carolina-Columbia)
Clay Bonds: Contextualizing locally-made Colonowares into the Atlantic World
Nicole Isenbarger (Coastal Carolina University)
Marrying for Money: How Transnational Family Alliances Contributed to the Proliferation of the "Illicit" Slave Trade in 19th Century Guinea
Kelly Goldberg (University of South Carolina-Columbia)
4:30-5:45 p.m.
Session 1
African Diasporic Rebellion through the Visual Arts

Codes to Freedom: Gullah to Afro-Colombian 
Ellen Zisholtz (Center for Creative Partnerships)
Elizabeth Charlton (South Carolina State University, Oxford University, England)
Anita Singleton-Prather, (ASE' Gullah Education, LLC)

The Code: Visual Arts As Resistance To Enslavement
Anne Bouie (Art Historian)
“The Resurgence of African Printed Textiles and Fashion as an Expression of Resilience and Empowerment in African American Artistry”
Alice R. Burmeister (Winthrop University)
Session 2

The “Circle of Culture” Within the Pray’s House

Gullah Voices and The Ties That Bind
Robert W. Stephens (University of Connecticut)

Praying, Singing and Catching Sense: Praise House Traditions in Gullah Geechee Communities
Victoria Smalls (Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission)

When Hip-Hop Meets Ring-Shout
Anwar Uhuru (Harris Stowe State University
6-7 p.m.
Spoken Word: Marcus Amaker
7:30-9 p.m.
Taste of Conway, Horry County Museum (Conway, S.C.)

Friday, March 8, 2019

Location: Coastal Carolina University (Conway, S.C.)
Session 1
Transatlantic Memory

Marlon James's The Book of Night Women: Personal and Political Awakenings of a Slave Woman
Matthew L. Miller, (University of South Carolina-Aiken)

Portrait of the Enslaved African as the Stripped Migrant in Edouard Glissant's Poetics
Mamadou Moustapha Ly, (University of Denver)

In the Jaws of the Atlantic Slave Trade: A Biography of São Jorge da Mina (Elmina Slave Castle) - Memory, History, and Architecture of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Edmund Abaka, (University of Miami)
Session 2

Latin American Expressions of Blackness

Pan-African Feminist Praxis and Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution
Layla Brown-Vincent, (University of Massachusetts-Boston)
U.S. Jim Crow Empire: Policing Puerto Rican Citizenship and Women of Color’s Behavior during the Progressive Era
DJ Polite (University of South Carolina-Columbia)
Warrior Women: The Transformative Culture of Cloth in Bahia
Precious D. Lovell, (North Carolina State University)
Session 1
Through the Eyes of Gullah: Memory and the Aesthetics of Gullah Culture

Co-Chair: Corrie Claiborne (Morehouse College)
Co-Chair: Samuel Livingston, (Morehouse College)
Session 2
Africa and Her Diaspora: Dialogue across the Atlantic
Chair: Gorgui Dieng, (Cheikh Anta Diop University)
Cross-Influences between African and African American Literatures
Africa and her Diaspora: Being, Be-Coming and Be-Longing
Saliou Dione, (Cheikh Anta Diop University)
Negritude: a Networking Re-reading of Diasporic Resistance
Abib Sene (Cheikh.Anta Diop University)
New African Women’s Voices Talking to/about the Diaspora Echoing Diasporic Backgrounds
Abdou Ngom (Cheikh Anta Diop University)
Constructing Decolonial Literary Monuments: African Diaspora Authors towards the Griotic Language of Great Communications
Oumar Diogoye Diouf (Cheikh.Anta DIOP University)
11:05 a.m.-12:20 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1

Afrofuturistic Imaginings of the Transatlantic Identities African Diaspora
“Cotch de Laarnin”: An Exploration of Gullah Geechee Folks as Blueprints for Afrofuturist
Sara Makeba Daise (Cultural History Interpreter)
Black Matter: An installation based on Black Hole Physics, American Folklore, Afrofuturism and Imagination
Jessica Scott-Felder (Wofford College)
“Curtain[s] of Fog”: Temporal Backscattering and Resistance in Nalo Hopkinson’s Novels
Hannah Hjerpe-Schroeder (Emory University)
Session 2
Transatlantic Identities
Contemplations on Dutch Caribbean Consciousness Poetics: An Examination of Oswin "Chin" Behilia’s Lyrical Ideologies and Hemayel Martina’s & Levi Silvanie’s "Ami Ta Kòrsou"
Florencia V. Cornet (University of South Carolina-Columbia)
Racial Identity in the Colonial Classroom
Rhonda Ferreira Habersham (Independent Scholar)
Narratives of Expressive and Aesthetic Art and the Development of Civil Society in the Caribbean
Kim Williams-Pulfer (Indiana University)
Session 3

Toward an Understanding of Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage
The Essence of Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage: A Steady Force in Coastal South Carolina Pluralism
Emory Campbell (Gullah Heritage Consulting Services)
Catching Sense, Collective Memory, and Black People: Notes on the Terms Geechee and Gullah
J. Vern Cromartie (Contra Costa College)
The Gullah Language in Relation to Its Sisters and Cousins
David Frank (SIL International, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission)
12:20-1 p.m.
1:05-2:35 p.m.
Session 1

Jorge Arévalo Mateus (Association for Cultural Equity)
Anna Wood Lomax (Association for Cultural Equity)
Todd Harvey (Library of Congress)
Kimberley Bugg (Library of Congress) 
Session 2

Gullah Geechee Research in the Golden Isles, Georgia
Patrick J. Holladay, (Troy University)
Melanie R. Pavich (Penfield College of Mercer University)
Chad T. Keller (Georgia State University)
Tyler E. Bagwell (College of Coastal Georgia)
2:40-3:10 p.m. LIGHTNING TALKS 
  Session 1
PTSD in Urban Neighborhoods: An Analysis of J. Cole’s KOD album
Bre'Anie Sanders, (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
Jolanda Kendall (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
A Look at the Resilience of Black Women in the Face of Love, Pain, and Racism
Lora Mitchell (Independent Scholar)
Session 2
Mini Session: "Our Story" Passing Stories from One Generation to the Next, Using the Art of Dollmaking
Zenobia G. Harper (Independent Scholar)
Session 1

Film: Language You Cry In
Cynthia Schmidt (Creighton University)
Herb Frazier (Magnolia Plantation and Gardens)
Joe Opala (Independent Scholar)
Session 2

Gullah Folklore and Rootwork
More than Conjurers: Placemaking and Rootworking Women
Tamara Butler (Michigan State University)
“Making Gullah: Reflections on Finding Gullah Folk in the American Imagination
Melissa Cooper (Rutgers University)
Imagining Lizzie: The Storied Land and Table—Rooted in Diaspora Memory and Belonging
Portia Cobb, (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Scott Alves Barton, (Culinary Historian)
  Session 1
Reimagining the African Diaspora
"Re-lmagining Ancient African-Diaspora Folklore for Contemporary Children"
Marjuan Canady (Canady Foundation for the Arts)
Comparative Ethnomedicine in the America-Sierra Leone Nexus
Cyrus MacFoy (University of Maryland University College)
“Re-member: The Importance of Ancestral Connections, Resistance, and Divine Destiny to African Peoples”
Simeon Daise (Independent Scholar)
Session 2

Enslaved Traumas and Resistance
“Servants Be Obedient to Your Masters”: Slavery, Catechisms, and Christian Religious Instruction in the Antebellum South
Tammy Byron (Dalton State College)
Combee': Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and the Civil War Transformation of the Gullah Geechee"
Edda Fields-Black (Carnegie Mellon University)
Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in History
Anne Bailey (Binghamton University)
6:15-7:30 p.m. DINNER ON YOUR OWN
Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters
Aunt Pearlie Sue
Ron and Natalie Daise

Saturday, March 9, 2019 | Community Day

Location: Coastal Carolina University (Conway, S.C.)  
  Session 1
Contemporary Issues Facing Gullah Geechee Communities

Women, Freedom, and Coherence Among Lowcountry Heirs’ Property Tenure
Robin Throne (Northcentral University)

Place Based Methodology of Black Rural Healthcare Utilization: A Case Study of the Gullah-Geechee of McIntosh County, Georgia
Roman Johnson (University of Alabama-Birmingham)

Babylon is Falling: The State of the Art of Sweetgrass Basketry
Dale Rosengarten (College of Charleston)
Session 2

Talk yuh talk: Language and Language Use Across Space and Time
Chair: Alison McLetchie, Claflin University
The Poetess of Protest: Exploring the Poetics of Nina Simone's Protest Music
Heather Buffington-Anderson (Claflin University) 
Language and Identity in Contemporary Creole Contexts: A Comparative Look at Gullah/Geechee and Nigerian Pidgin
Jessica R. Berry (South Carolina State University)
Christine I. Ofulue (National Open University of Nigeria)
Tracey L. Weldon (The University of South Carolina)
The Influence of Patois in Trinidad and Tobago: The Case of Paramin
Claudette Sinnette (The University of Trinidad and Tobago)
9:50-11:05 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION
  Session 1
Inheritance of the African Diaspora
Schooled by the Elders: Writing of The Ghosts are Dying
Althea Natalga Sumpter (Independent Scholar) 

Scenes and Stories from the Diaspora; Perspectives from Saint Lucia and South Carolina (A comparative review of lived experiences in the voices of the elders)
Elizabeth Serieux (University of South Carolina-Beaufort)
Najmah Thomas (University of South Carolina Beaufort)
Winston Phulgence (University of York)

Session 2

Revisiting Black Women Writers of the Gullah Geechee Renaissance
Chair: Nicole Morris Johnson (California State University-Northridge) 
11:10 a.m.-12:25 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 
  Session 1
"Dying to Eat"
Amy Edmunds (Coastal Carolina University)
Veronica Gerald (Coastal Carolina University)
Session 2

Archeology and Tracing the African Diaspora: Current Work in the Lowcountry and Its Implications
Chair: David Palmer (Coastal Carolina University)
Archaeological Investigations of Captive African Life at the Brookgreen Rice Plantation
David Palmer (Coastal Carolina University)
What Did They Eat?: Findings and Questions on Pre- and Post-Emancipation Foodways on James Island, South Carolina  
Brandy Joy (University of South Carolina-Columbia)
Material Expressions of Independence and Community Among the Geechee of Georgia
Brad Botwick (New South Associates)
12:25-1:05 p.m. LUNCH
  Cheryl Adamson (CHOPS Produce Community Cannery)
  Session 1
Resolving Heir’s Property and Sustainably Managing Land
Jennie Stephens (Center for Heir’s Property Preservation)
2:20 - 3:35 p.m.  GULLAH HOMECOMINGS
Reconnecting Beyond the Fanfare. Tracing Sierra Leonean and Gullah linkages in the US and the Caribbean
Amadu Massally (Senior Consultant on Diaspora and Governance)
Barbados/Caribbean and the Carolinas/US interconnectedness
Rhoda Green (Barbados Honorary Consultant to South Carolina)
Gullah Seminoles
Joseph Opala (Coastal Carolina University)

Devotional Service

Pastors' Forum