June 22-25, 2017, Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica
The Charles Town International Maroon Conference welcomes papers and performances from scholars, artists, and activists interested in examining Maroon traditions in a contemporary global context. This year’s conference theme explores connections between Maroons or marronage and the African Diaspora around the world, emphasizing the productivity and persistence of indigenous knowledge, its origin, transformation, and its potential to sustain future generations. Presentations from all fields and genres will be welcome, including history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, geography, education, literature, film, and the arts. Participants will work closely with each other and the Maroons of Charles Town to explore the relevance of indigenous knowledge to contemporary life. The Charles Town International Maroon Conference aims to build a global indigenous community without borders as a tribute to Colonel Frank Lumsden, recently deceased leader of the Charles Town Maroons. It takes place in the town’s Asafu Yard, sacred space of Maroon dancing and drumming, surrounded by Jamaica’s beautiful Blue Mountains. Offering a unique combination of scholarly panels and cultural events, the conference brings Maroons and Indigenous Peoples together with scholars and regular folk to examine the ways their legacies have endured, creolized, and resonated in the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, South America, Europe, the United States, and Africa.