2020 Conference

May 14-16, 2020
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

In order to mark the 350th anniversary of the settlement of Charles Towne, and the simultaneous 250th anniversary of the establishment of the College of Charleston, and the 25th anniversary of the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, CLAW will hold a major international conference entitled “Port Cities of the Atlantic World.” The conference will commemorate the city of Charleston’s international maritime links, examining cultural, economic, and historical connections between and among Charleston and other Atlantic World port cities.

The 2020 conference will trace the maritime routes and the historical roots that link port cities around the Atlantic World. Ships carrying people, goods, and ideas have been traversing the Atlantic and transforming the world at least since the Columbian exchange began in the fifteenth century. They still circle the globe today with cargo, tourists, and diverse sailors. In the spirit of this ongoing port history, “Port Cities of the Atlantic World” will bring academics and community leaders together to share their research on the history and culture of their respective ports of interest, whether it be Charleston, Savannah, Boston, Havana, New Orleans or further afield –  Bermuda, Panama, Cartagena, Bridgetown, Rio, Cape Town, Luanda, Freetown, Dakar, Cadiz, Lisbon, Nantes, Bremen, Hull, Liverpool, Bristol, etc.

A full conference schedule will be available very soon.

The CLAW Program will award a number of Travel Grants to scholars who are presenting papers at the 2020 “Port Cities of the Atlantic World Conference”. While all conference participants are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to graduate students, recent Ph.Ds., independent scholars, part-time faculty, and those scholars traveling from international locations. All Travel Grant awards will be in the form of subsidized conference registration and housing.
Applications are available here.  The deadline to apply for a Travel Grant is January 15, 2020. 

*Please register by May 1, 2020

$125 All-Inclusive Registration (Non-CofC)
$50 Graduate Student (Non-CofC)
$50 (CofC Faculty/Staff)
Free CofC Students (Undergrad and Grad)

All registrations include:
2 keynote addresses
1 luncheon
1 reception

Information on Locations, Lodging, and Transportation is available here.