The Fifth Charles Town International Maroon Conference

“Maroon Lands, Laws, and Cultures”:
The Fifth Charles Town International Maroon Conference,
Portland, Jamaica
20-23 June, 2013

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2012

The Fifth Charles Town International Maroon Conference, “Lands, Laws, and Cultures,” invites papers that explore the relationships between place and tradition in Maroon communities throughout the Atlantic world. Issues to consider might include:

  • Land rights
  • Territoriality
  • Representation
  • Identity
  • Space/Place
  • Sustainability
  • Ownership
  • Dispossession and landlessness
  • Cultural heritage
  • Cultural heritage economics
  • Tourism
  • Research, industry, and information technology initiatives
  • Laws and legality
  • Education

Held in the Maroon community of Charles Town surrounded by Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, this interdisciplinary conference explores Maroon issues, values, and practices to consider the ways they have endured, transformed, and resonated in the Caribbean, Canada, South America, Europe, the United States and Africa. The conference offers a unique combination of scholarly panels and cultural events, aiming to increase awareness of Maroon contributions to contemporary societies by bringing together descendents of Maroons with scholars interested in Maroon heritage and indigenous cultures. As in previous years, the conference cultural events and entertainment will commemorate Quao Victory Day (June 23).

Abstracts due September 30, 2012. Please direct inquiries and abstracts to Frances Botkin (