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 2017 MAAAS conference will be held

at the University of Kansas

October 20-21

2017 conference information

(including lodging)

Check here soon for the prelimary program.


The 2016 MAAAS conference took place

October 21-22

at Missouri State University


2016 Conference Program

2016 Conference Photos

Watch 2016 MAAAS conference videos:

Henry Lovejoy, The Digital Humanities and African History:
Linking Space and Time to Objects and Events (keynote)

Social Media: Expanding the African Diaspora (student panel)


Useful links for Africanists in the Midwest: