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The 12th Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival
June 19-23, 2020, Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica
This event welcomes papers and performances from scholars, artists, and activists interested in exploring issues surrounding "Sovereignty" including but not limited to:
Presentations from all fields and genres are welcome, including history, geography, political science, anthropology, ethnomusicology, education, literature, film, the arts, sustainability studies, indigenous studies, economics, and ecocriticism. Participants will work closely with each other and the Maroons of Charles Town to explore the relevance of indigenous knowledge to contemporary life and the future of our worlds.
The Charles Town International Maroon Conference & Festival takes place in the town’s Asafu Yard, sacred space of Maroon dancing and drumming, surrounded by Jamaica’s beautiful Blue and John Crow Mountains. Offering a unique combination of scholarly panels and cultural events, the conference brings Maroons and Indigenous Peoples together with scholars and locals to examine the ways their legacies have endured, creolized, and resonated in the Caribbean, Africa, Canada, Australia, South America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Frances Botkin, Professor of English, Towson University