The Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies is the only interdisciplinary institute dedicated to a critical understanding of the experiences of Gullah Geechee people and other descendants within the global African diaspora.

The Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies examines the historical migration and scattering of African populations to local geographical areas and the subsequent evolution of blended cultures, specifically Gullah. CCU’s location at the northern tip of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor puts it in a unique position for diaspora study and research. The work of the institute provides students with experiential learning opportunities, both at home and abroad, that center on interconnections among local, national, and global peoples and their societies. The Institute is also a catalyst for community involvement.

The Joyner Institute engages students and faculty in grant-funded experiential learning projects, special events, and a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies.

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 and project presentations. 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. All Friday programming will take place at Coastal Carolina University. Community practitioners and participation are at the heart of this 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.

The priority deadline is November 12, but we will continue accepting submissions until our programming slots are filled. If you have any questions, please reach out to Alli Crandell, Interim Director of the Joyner Institute, acrandell@coastal.edu

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 and Gullah Geechee Community Day, 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 submissions of art and creative work (i.e. video of performers, workshop pieces, or live performances) for our Gullah Geechee Community Day celebration, to be held in Downtown Conway, South Carolina on Saturday, February 26. Accepted submissions will be displayed in climate-controlled, supervised locations throughout the festival. 


The priority deadline is November 12, but we will continue accepting submissions until our programming slots are filled. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ashlyn Pope, Associate Director of the Joyner Institute, apope1@coastal.edu

The Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies