CFP: [Ethnic] "The Abeng": Maroon Identity, Culture, and History

full name / name of organization: 
Frances Botkin
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The Abeng (The Calling)
June 20-June 23, 2009
Kingston and Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

This inter- and multi-disciplinary project seeks papers and panels that
explore representations of Maroon culture in literature, art, music,
film, theatre, and history. We are particularly interested in papers that
discuss issues of cultural identity, assimilation, and the unique status
of Maroons as a “state within a state.”

This conference endeavors to establish a “Maroon Connection” beyond
Jamaica to her Diaspora throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the
Caribbean, and parts of South America, as well as to her specific
ancestral lineages in West Africa. Gathering representatives from Maroon
communities around the globe, this convention hopes to increase awareness
of the Maroon contribution to contemporary societies, bringing together
Maroons and their descendants with persons interested in Maroon heritage
and indigenous cultures. In addition to exploring Maroon history and
culture, the conference will strive to develop strategies for sustainable
development and wealth creation in Maroon communities. In addition, it
will feature panels on topics that include indigenous cultural protocols,
governance, intellectual property rights, biogenetics, and herbal

The registration fees will include two coffee breaks, a meal, and
transportation in Kingston (Day One); two coffee breaks, and
transportation in Charles Town (Day Two); and the entry fee and
transportation for Nanny Quao Day celebrations in Charles Town, Portland
(Day Three).

Please send abstracts of 250 words or panel proposals with a short
biographical note to Dr. Frances Botkin at: Abstracts
due by March 1, 2009.

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