The Mid-America Medieval Association,
affectionately known as MAMA, was established in 1977 to enhance
medieval studies in the Midwest region.
The organization was founded by University of Missouri-Kansas
City Associate Professor of History Jim Falls and University
of Kansas Professors of History Lynn Nelson and Richard "Skip"
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
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 annual conference, which usually falls on the last Saturday
in February, includes a plenary address by a nationally-known
medievalist and a presentation of papers on any medieval topic.
Of the 24-36 papers typically presented, the
Paper Prize is awarded to the best graduate student
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.