Welcome to MAAAS!


     The Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) is an organization for the promotion of African Studies in mid-America, including in particular the region between the Mississippi River and the frontal range of the Rocky Mountains. Founded at the University of Kansas in 1995, MAAAS seeks to encourage scholarship and teaching in African Studies regionally and sub-regionally through conferences, seminars, workshops, consortia, faculty and student exchanges, cooperative relations between libraries, and promotion of African language teaching, among other endeavors. MAAAS is open to all with an interest in scholarship and teaching within an African Studies focus, and it seeks especially to provide a forum for far-flung Africanists in the middle of the U.S., where great distances exist between relatively small pockets of African Studies enthusiasts.



The Kansas African Studies Center will host the 4th annual Graduate Research Workshop on Friday, March 7, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for graduate students who have research interests in African settings to present research to an African Studies audience. The expectation is that students who participate will attend the entire day-long event to listen carefully and provide critical feedback about other students' work.

We invite participation of graduate students in any discipline and from any university across the region. Students who wish to read a paper or give a research presentation should submit an abstract of up to 250 words by email to kasc@ku.edu. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 5 pm on February 10, 2014. We will notify students of our decisions by February 14, 2014.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Glenn Adams (adamsg@ku.edu). Please feel free to pass along this announcement to potential participants.


Useful links for Africanists in the Midwest: