MAAAS 2023 Conference

Photo of 2022MAAAS participants


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.

Call for Abstracts

Mid-America Alliance for African Studies

27th Annual Meeting

212 SW 8th Ave, Tokepa, Kansas

October 19-20, 2023

The Mid America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) is inviting all scholars conducting research on Africa and it's diaspora to submit an abstract under any of the conference sub-themes; Advancing Health Equity, Black Identity & Culture, Building WinWin Partnerships & Networks, and Understanding the Global Implications of the Crisis in Sudan. Abstracts can be submited here. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, September 8.

The conference will happen via a hybrid format with the option to participate in-person or virtually. Please submit a 250-word abstract or panel description to by Friday, September 8, 2023. The MAAAS Program Committee will announce decisions regarding abstracts by end of September , 2023. 

For additional information, please contact the Kansas African Studies Center ( .

Dr. Ithar Hassaballa,

MAAAS President

Kansas Health Institute



MAAAS Educator Fellowship

The Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) is accepting applications for the 2023 MAAAS Outreach Fellowship The fellowship provides $250 for travel, accommodation, and related costs of attendance at the annual meeting of the Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) in Tokepa, KS on October 19-20, 2023. Eligibility is open to educators at any level, but KASC will give preference to applications from teachers at K-12, community colleges, and federally designated Minority-Serving Institutions. To apply for the fellowship, please send an application letter to the KASC Assistant Director, Doreen Siilo at by the deadline of Monday, October 9, 2023.