ASWAD’s 10th Biennial Conference
will be held at William & Mary
from 5-9 November, 2019


Press Release with Details on 2019 Biennial Conference


Special Conference Registration for Virginia Residents & Non-Members



William & Mary will host the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) Nov. 5-9, 2019, in the Williamsburg Lodge. Featuring the world’s leading scholars of the African Diaspora, the conference will bring together a range of activists and artists and host community events, including an African Diaspora food festival.


The Final ASWAD 2019 Conference Program is now available. No further changes will be made to the conference schedule.

Final ASWAD 2019 Conference Program


For CONFERENCE REGISTRATION please use the following link:

Conference Registration


Registration is completed through the ASWAD Membership system operated through Memberclicks.  Non-Members will be first invited to join ASWAD before attempting to complete the Conference Registration process.  This will require the creation of a profile in the Memberclicks system.  All conference attendees are strongly encouraged to become ASWAD members.  Non-Members will be able to REGISTER ON SITE at the Conference in November.  The Registration Fees are the same for Members & Non-Members:  $100 for Full-Time Students.  $150 for Registrants with Annual Income under US$50,000.  $250 for Registrants with Annual Income between US$50,000 and US$100,000.  $350 for Registrants with Annual Income over US$100,000.  At this time advanced registration for the conference is only available to ASWAD members.


“An Evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates”
The George Tayloe Ross Address on International Peace

Sponsored by the Reves Center for International Studies, William & Mary

Friday, November 8, 2019, 6:30-8pm
Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, VA
Doors open at 6 PM.



There are four available hotels at or within walking distance of the Main Hotel/Conference Site which is the Williamsburg Lodge.  The night rate at the Williamsburg Lodge is $179/night.  The other available hotels are:  Griffin Hotel at $139/night; Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel at $119 per night; and the Williamsburg Inn at $329/night.  The direct link for making online reservations  is:  Further information is found at the bottom of this page along with the other travel information.  Attendees who have any problems with booking at the main hotel may contact:  Barbara Roob, Group Reservations Coordinator, via email at or by telephone at (757) 565-8492.


ASWAD is proud to co-sponsor our Tenth Biennial Conference with the following partners:



Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (20 minutes from the Williamsburg Lodge, the hotel/conference site)

Richmond International Airport (45 minutes from the hotel/conference site)

Note: Norfolk International Airport is about one hour away from the hotel/conference site but there will not be shuttle service to and from that airport. (One prohibitive factor: massive traffic congestion, particularly during rush hour)


Transportation to and from the Williamsburg Lodge:

There will be free shuttle service to and from both Newport News/Williamsburg and Richmond airports from Monday, November 4 through Sunday, November 10.

Ride sharing services are available from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and Richmond International Airport at the expense of passengers.


Conference Hotels:

There are four available hotels at or within walking distance of the hotel/conference site, the Williamsburg Lodge

Williamsburg Lodge: $179 per night

Griffin Hotel: $139 per night

Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel: $119 per night

Williamsburg Inn: $329 per night

Online Reservation

Passkey Link:


Phone Reservation/Changes in reservations

Group reservation specialists:  1-800-261-9530

****The conference reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.  Please mention the group name when calling-in.

Should you have any immediate questions regarding your room block, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Colonial Williamsburg requires a deposit of one night’s room and tax. The deposit is charged to your credit card immediately upon receiving your reservation. Cancellations made inside seven (7) days will require full payment of the reservation.


Upon arrival guests will be responsible for their entire full stay room and tax charges. There will be no refunds for early departures or shortened stay changes made after arrival.


Complimentary benefits for all conference attendees:

Complimentary self-parking

Complimentary access to the fitness center and pools at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

Complimentary access to the Historic Area Shuttle during regular operating hours (this shuttle also provides transportation between the aforementioned hotels)

Complimentary wireless internet in all guest rooms

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