Medieval Association of the Midwest

Members of MAMA hail largely from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa. With Kansas City as the geographical center of the membership base, it has become the group’s nexus and the host city for the annual convention, held at UMKC every other year. In alternate years, the annual meetings take place at one of the universities in the MAMA region. The host institution will also provide the MAMA President for that year.

The Conference, which now usually falls on a Saturday end-of-September/beginning-of-October, includes a plenary address by a nationally-known medievalist and a presentation of papers on any medieval topic. Of the 30+ papers typically presented, the Jim Falls Paper Prize is awarded to the best graduate student paper.

With an average attendance of 80-100 people, the conference includes papers from academics presenting their latest research, and encourages M.A. and Ph.D. students to deliver their research as well.

A list of past plenary speakers and programs may be found at the MAMA Conference Archive.

Here is a link to submit an abstract for consideration fort the conference. Abstracts are due May 31, 2024.

The Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM) is a non-profit association of scholars devoted to the study of the Middle Ages. For more information, contact the website editor, Mickey Sweeney (

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