MAAAS 2012 Call for Papers

November 2-3, 2012
Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel, St. Louis, MO

Conference theme: "Africa and Her Resources"

The Mid-America Alliance for African Studies invites scholars to submit conference papers and full panel proposals for the 2012 MAAAS conference, which will take place at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in St. Louis on November 2-3, 2012 in conjunction with the 2012 conference of the International Studies Association Midwest (for more information, see the ISA Midwest website:

The organizing theme of MAAAS 2012 is Africa and Her Resources.  Despite prevailing representations that emphasize poverty, portrayals of the African continent have also emphasized abundant natural resources.  Moreover, researchers in the humanities and social sciences have emphasized the extent to which cultural and intellectual contributions of African peoples have been rich resources of energy and imagination for creativity and sustainable human progress. Reflecting this broad understanding of “resources” we invite papers that address the conference theme from a range of disciplinary and theoretical orientations including (but not limited to) feminist, Pan-African and postcolonial perspectives in education, fine and performance arts, gender studies, language, literature, natural sciences, and social sciences. Of course, we enthusiastically welcome proposals that address topics beyond this organizing theme, too.

To propose a paper or panel, please send a 250-word abstract or panel description by September 1, 2012 to:

Glenn Adams, MAAAS Vice President (2011-2012)
Department of Psychology, University of Kansas
email address: adamsg@ku

***Attention Graduate Students***

We also encourage graduate students to consider submitting their work for the Ken Lohrentz Graduate Paper Award. Submission of Graduate Papers for the Ken Lohrentz Graduate Paper Award must be received by Dr. Glenn Adams at no later than Friday, midnight CST, October 26, 2012. Please refer to the Ken Lohrentz Graduate Awards page for additional criteria.


Registration information:

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

Early conference registration (before September 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 Glenn Adams (address is on the form) by September 1.

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