The 11th International Charles Town Maroon Conference

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June 20, 2019 to June 23, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Atlantic History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Slavery

Extended Deadline: The 11th International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival

June 20-23, 2019, Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

The Charles Town International Maroon Conference welcomes papers and performances from scholars, artists, and activists interested in exploring issues surrounding "Peace," including (but not limited to) practices of security and insecurity;  indigenous approaches to negotiating and sustaining peace; the role of rights (human, nature, etc.) in adjudicating peace; wellness as a means of sustaining peace; violence against indigenous people and its restitution; the uses of restorative justice; strategies for effective conflict resolution; the Maroon treaties and their legacies; and related topics.

Presentations from all fields and genres are welcome, including, history, geography, anthropology, ethnomusicology, education, literature, film, the arts, sustainability studies, indigenous studies, 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 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.

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words or inquiries to or Deadline: April 15 

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