The Midwest Conference was initiated in 1972 as an informal meeting of scholars and students in the Midwest who want to share recent fieldwork and other ongoing research in archaeological, ethnographic, and ethnohistorical investigation in the Andean and Amazonian regions of South America.
Each year the conference has been sponsored by different Universities in the Midwest: 2010 Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne; 2009 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; 2008 University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2007 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; 2006 Vanderbilt University; 2005 University of Missouri- Columbia.
Throughout the years it has retained a mainly regional and comfortable character in a forum that informs and stimulates the research interests of all involved. It has also developed as a conference with much higher student participation and attendance than many national meetings.
The conference is traditionally held the last weekend in February. Presentations are scheduled throughout the day on Saturday and at half of Sunday, with an informal gathering planned for Saturday evening. Unlike national conferences, there are no concurrent sessions; participants all attend the same set of presentations. This year the Conference will honor the research of Dr. Tom Zuidema. He will be our keynote speaker:
Keynote speakers: Dr. Tom Zuidema (University of Illinois).
On Friday 25 after 7:30pm we will gather at Broadway Brewery for a good chat with colleges and friends.