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About CLAW

The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston was established in 1994 to promote scholarship on the Lowcountry, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two. The CLAW program's mission is threefold:

  • to strengthen the College's instructional program
  • to promote public understanding of the Carolina Lowcountry and its place in a broader international context
  • to foster research that illuminates the constant contact and cultural exchange among the various Atlantic cultures, societies, and ethnicities

In any given year the CLAW program hosts a range of conferences, public lectures, faculty seminar sessions, film screenings, and other public programming.  In partnership with the University of South Carolina Press, we have published eighteen books in the Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World Series, on topics from the Huguenot diaspora to the spread of African martial arts around the Atlantic World.  Working with local cultural heritage organizations (such as the Avery Research Center, the South Carolina Historical Society, the Penn Center, the Waring Historical Library, and the History Department at the Citadel), it has also served as curator for a number of physical and digital exhibits and has engaged in robust education outreach - most notably via the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade project in partnership with UNESCO (African Passages), the After Slavery Project, and the Jubilee Project.

The Program administers the biennial Hines Prize, a prize for the best first manuscript on a subject pertaining to the Carolina Lowcountry and/or Atlantic World. The most recent winner, Dr. Tristan Stubbs, won the 2013 award with his Cambridge doctoral dissertation on the role of overseers in colonial Virginia, Carolina, and Georgia. Submissions for the Prize need to be received by May 15th of every odd-numbered year.

For more information on CLAW and its involvements, projects and contributions, visit the following: