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 20th Annual Meeting

of the Mid-America Alliance for African Studiestook place

October 3-4, 2014

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Consult conference webpage for program and other information.

PHOTOS from 2014 conference


Useful links for Africanists in the Midwest: