Our conferences draw together a national and international group of both established and beginning scholars to explore the histories, cultures and dynamics that reveal the Lowcountry and the Atlantic World to be regions of constant interaction and complex connection.
At the heart of these highly successful events is a shared commitment across disciplinary boundaries to depict, on the one hand, the distinctive textures of lives lived within specific places, and, on the other, to build conceptual bridges that link several such locales together as connected parts of a world characterized by a pervasive Atlantic dimension.
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The Call for Papers is Now Open!
The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program (CLAW) at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina invites paper proposals addressing the transnational and transcultural impacts of music throughout the Atlantic World for a conference to be held March 7-9, 2014. We are especially interested in twentieth and twenty-first century music and cultural exchange, but the conference is open to any work that examines the movement of music in the Atlantic World from the 1600s to the present. We welcome a broad range of submissions, but especially encourage submissions that utilize an interdisciplinary approach. Proposals may address any area of music in the Atlantic World.
We invite scholars to submit proposals for individual papers and panels that address such questions as:
- Tradition and modernity in popular and indigenous music in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa
- Music, Race, and Empire
- Jazz in a global context
- Trans-Caribbean identities in Salsa, Reggae, and Calypso music
- Pan-African Rhythms
- Caribbean beats and protest music in the 1970s
- The British Invasion and Rhythm and Blues in the United Kingdom
- Hip Hop and political activism in Africa and the Caribbean
- Race and Beach Music on the American Atlantic Coast
- Musical culture and diaspora studies
Proposals Due: Friday, December 6, 2013
Please submit your proposal electronically with CLAW conference in the subject line to the conference chair, Dr. John White at WhiteJ (at) cofc (dot) edu by December 6, 2013.
Please visit the conference website for more information.
The 39th annual conference of the African Literature Association - Charleston, South Carolina, March 20-24, 2013
The College of Charleston and the Charleston School of Law will host the 2013 annual conference of the African Literature Association here in Charleston on the theme of "Literature, Liberation, and the Law." We will call for papers that explore the manner and extent to which writing - whether in statute books or in literature - can bring about liberation. The conference will provide scholars with a productive theme that encourages them to cross disciplinary boundaries in thoughtful and valuable ways. Invoking the conference's three key terms - literature, liberation and law - allows for reflection on a diversity of urgent topics. At the broadest level we seek papers that inquire into how the legal, the political, and the literary are intertwined. More specifically, we anticipate investigations into, among other things:
- how liberation is inscribed in constitutions and declarations of human rights
- whether mental liberation is achievable only in one's own language or legal framework
- what the historical conflicts between liberty and equality are
- how statutes attempt to amend and/or reconcile such conflict
- what literature has come out of, or has influenced, African and African diaspora emancipation movements from the age of Revolution to today
- what legal doctrines and literary genres have addressed the question of liberation
- what relationships exist among literature, the law, and education, and to what extent literacy has empowered different groups at critical junctures
- how different narrative forms have grappled with the problem of freedom, the experiences of immigrants, the struggle for representation.
Please visit the conference website for more information.
- March 9-11, 2012: Race, Gender, and Sexualities in the Atlantic World
Proposals Due: December 2, 2011
- Performances of Gender
- Gender and Discovery
- Constructions of Sexualities
- Native American Contact
- Race and Gender
- African Diaspora and Slavery
The Carolina Lowcountry in the Atlantic World Program (CLAW) at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC invites paper proposals addressing women, gender, and sexuality in the Atlantic World 1500-Present. The featured keynote speaker is Jennifer L. Morgan (New York University). We invite scholars to submit proposals for individual papers and panels that might address such questions as:
As with previous successful CLAW program events the conference will be run in a seminar style: accepted participants will be expected to send completed papers to the organizers in advance of the conference itself (by March 1st, 2012) for circulation via password-protected site. At the conference itself presenters will talk for no more than ten minutes about their paper, working on the assumption that everyone has read the paper itself. This arrangement means that papers may be considerably lengthier and more carefully argued than the typical 20-minute presentation; and it leads to more substantive, better informed discussion. It also generally allows us to move quite smoothly toward publication of a selection of essays with the University of South Carolina Press.
Notification of proposal acceptance will be sent by January 31st, 2012.
Please visit the conference website for more information
- March 3-5, 2011: Civil War -- Global Conflict
In 2011, the United States will observe the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston will host an international conference to mark this important anniversary. In keeping with the ethos of CLAW we will examine this event by looking at it in an international context. The conference will focus on the effects and implications of the Civil War on the Atlantic and wider world. Some of the questions to be addressed include: How did the Union and Confederacy operate foreign diplomacy? How did nations in the rest of the world view this conflict? What did Americans, particularly South Carolinians, think of international attitudes toward the United and Confederate States? What did Americans living abroad think of the conflict? What impact did Confederate exiles/colonies have on their host countries? What impact did American Emancipation have on slavery in Latin America, Africa etc.? How did the Civil War influence World views of the U.S., particularly the South, and how did Unionists/Confederates see themselves in the world?
Race, Labor & Citizenship in the Post-Emancipation South.
March 11 - 13, 2010.
Women in the Iberian-American Atlantic (1500-1800).
February 18 - 20, 2010.
What can women's experience in the Atlantic World tell us about the Atlantic cultural production, literary exchanges, economy, race relations, religion, etc., between 1500 and 1800.
- October 9-10, 2010: Crisis and Conflict in the Carolinas
CLAW will host a symposium on the two Carolinas during the first quarter of the eighteenth century, “Crisis and Conflict in the Early Carolinas,” on October 9-10, 2010. Approximately one dozen scholars will present work on various topics, including the Yamasee War, the Tuscarora War, the Revolution of 1719, the slave trade, the plantation economy, and piracy. For more information, contact conference conveners Brad Wood of Eastern Kentucky University, Michelle LeMaster of Lehigh University, or local organizer Sandy Slater of the College of Charleston.
- "Ending the International Slave Trade: A Bicentenary Inquiry".
March 26 - 29, 2008.
This conference, held in association with the marking of the Bicentennial of the abolition of the International Slave trade in the United States and the British Empire, focused on the trade, and its effects on the Lowcountry and the American South as a whole.
- The Irish in the Atlantic World.
February 27 - March 2, 2007.
This conference examined the experience of Irish of all denominations and traditions around the Atlantic as well as the Irish impact on the Atlantic World as a whole, from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries; from the United States and Canada, to the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. In particular, it assessed the impact Irishmen and women had on the Carolina lowcountry and American South. The conference sponsors include the Humanities Council of South Carolina.
- Haiti 201: Slavery, Struggle, and Survival.
January 20-21, 2005
- Saints and Pilgrimage Around the Atlantic.
February 20-22, 2004.
Examined the cross-cultural nature of religious pilgrimages in the Atlantic World as well as the various cults of saints that developed.
- Southern Intellectual History Circle Meeting.
February 26-28, 2004.
Explored the American South through the lens of postcolonialism, by bringing together literary scholars, who have been most zealous in using postcolonial studies, and historians.
- The Fruits of Exile: Central European Intellectual Emigration to America in the Age of Fascism.
November 11th - 13th, 2004.
The 1930s saw the mass exodus of European artists, social scientists, and humanists to the United States. Their arrival heralded a fundamental change, both academic and artistic, in American culture and the Atlantic world.The conference participants--artists, historians, humanists, scientists, and social scientists--explored the impact that these influences had on American culture.
- Conference on Carolina Lowcountry & Caribbean Cuisines.
March 20-22, 2003.
A conference treating the rich parallel traditions of cookery in the Lowcountry and the West Indies.
- The Material World of Tidewater, the Lowcountry, and the Caribbean
- From Slavery to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World
- Plantations of the Mind: Marketing Myths and Memories in the Heritage Tourism Industry
- The Emergence of the Atlantic Economy
- The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World
- Out of New Babylon: The Huguenots and Their Diaspora
- New Directions in Colonial South Carolina Studies