MAAAS 2011 Call for Papers


October 28-29, 2011
University of Missouri, Columbia


Conference theme: "The African Diaspora: Past, Present, and Future"


The Mid-America Alliance for African Studies and the Black Studies Program, University of Missouri, Columbia, invite scholars to submit conference papers and full panel proposals for the 2011 conference on Africana Studies. The goal of this conference is to create an interdisciplinary dialogue concerning the history, the current state, and the future of the African Diaspora. Scholars are welcome to submit papers on a range of areas focusing on the Diaspora, such as cultural, feminist, Pan African, and postcolonial studies. Papers from traditional disciplines such as English, History, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Science, the Arts are also welcome.  This conference will be a platform for discussions on the Diaspora, where we are now and how current connections across the Diaspora are identified and articulated, as well as consideration of historical issues and goals for the future within the African Diaspora.  We invite proposals that address topics beyond the organizing theme as well.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Tanya Golash-Boza (PhD North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Dr. Golash-Boza has a joint appointment in Sociology and American Studies at the University of Kansas. She has conducted ethnographic research in Peru that focused on racial identity, collective memory, and social whitening among Peruvians of African descent. She is the author of Yo Soy Negro, the first book in more than two decades to address what it means to be black in Peru. Based on extensive ethnographic work in the country and informed by more than eighty interviews with Peruvians of African descent, this groundbreaking study explains how ideas of race, color, and mestizaje in Peru differ greatly from those held in other Latin American nations.

Please send a 250-word abstract or panel description by September 6, 2011 (revised deadline) to

Dr. Phia Salter, MAAAS Vice President (2010 – 2011)
Psychology and Africana Studies, Texas A&M University 


Registration information:

All conference presenters and participants must pay both MAAAS membership dues and conference registration fees.

Early conference registration (before October 1) is $30 for faculty or $10 for students and independent scholars. Membership dues are $20 for faculty or $10 for students and independent scholars.

Please download and fill out this registration form and send it, along with a check, to Phia Salter buy October 1.

On-site registration is $40 for faculty or $20 for students and independent scholars.