Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) 2016 Conference

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October 21, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Missouri, United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Research and Methodology, Social History / Studies

Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS)
MAAAS 2016 Conference

October 21-22, 2016

Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2016 MAAAS conference.


Theme: Digital Africa

Digital technologies are prevalent in Africa and are being used by a young population determined to create a future for the continent defined by innovation and progress. We see this in new media that is used to disseminate music and film to a global audience, in the ways governments provide financial assistance to the poorest citizens, and in the way culture is being preserved and celebrated. Where and when do these technologies fit into African research? What are the benefits and challenges to these new methodologies? This year’s theme is dedicated to exploring the ways in which various new technologies are being used to shape both the present and future of Africa. Abstract submissions not directly related to the theme will also be considered.

***Attention Graduate Students***

We also encourage graduate students to consider submitting their work for the Ken Lohrentz Graduate Paper Award. Please refer to the Ken Lorentz Graduate Awards page for information.



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

Early online registration (until September 23) is $30 for faculty and $10 for students. On-site registration is $40 for faculty and $20 for students and independent scholars.

Membership dues are also required of all registrants: $20 for faculty and $10 for students and independent scholars.

Click here to go to the registration (and payment) webpage.



Registration (including payment) must be completed for an abstract to be considered. If your submission is not accepted, you may ask to be refunded.

Abstracts will be submitted online. To submit an abstract, click here.



We have a room block at the historic Route 66 Rail Haven Motel, 1 1/2 miles from the Missouri State Campus. Reduced conference prices are:

Queen: $69
King: $74 
2 double beds: $79
Family suite (king bed and bunk bed that sleeps 3) $99

Call the motel directly to make reservations at (417) 866-1963.



For questions about the program, email Sterling Recker, program chair, at sterlingrecker@gmail.com

For questions about local arrangements, email Margaret Buckner, at mbuckner@missouristate.edu

Contact Info: 

Margaret Buckner, MAAAS secretary

Sociology and Anthropology

Missouri State University

Springfield, Missouri

(417) 836-6165