Charles Town International Maroon Conference & Festival

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March 1, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Atlantic History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies

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:

  • Maroon and Indigenous Sovereignty (self-determination, sovereign immunity)
  • Sovereignty and the State (independence, national identity, "state within a state" status)
  • Sovereignty and the Environment (natural resources, mining, environmental justice, ecological issues)
  • Sovereignty and its Mechanisms (logistics, implementations, challenges, complexities)
  • Sovereignty and the Self (creative, intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual)
  • Sovereignty and its Limits (imperialism, authoritarianism, colonialism, indigenous governance, violence, resistance)

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.

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words or inquiries to or Deadline: March 1, 2020




Contact Info: 

Frances Botkin, Professor of English, Towson University

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