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Make the Most of Your ASA Membership Benefits

We want everyone to know how to maximize all their membership benefits each January. In addition to these Top 5 Member Benefit Highlights (complete with pro tips!) we’ve got a few other ways to make the most of your ASA membership.

1. Are you taking advantage of the biggest Annual Meeting registration discount?

Become a member in January and register for the Annual Meeting before September 30 each year to get the largest discount with pre-registration!

2. Receive Publication Subscriptions

Membership entitles you to a free digital subscriptions to African Studies Review and History in Africa, as well as to our bi-annual newsletter ASA News. The full archive is available thanks to Cambridge University Press, and accessible through MyASA once you renew your membership.
Print subscriptions are no longer available as of January 2023. This change reduces ASA’s ecological fingerprint by reducing paper use and carbon emissions during production and shipping.

3. Access Digital Resources from Anywhere

Get global access to the newest job postings, professional development opportunities, and specialized resources through our coordinate organization pages. The ASA also hosts members-only webinars semi-monthly and other digital resource development is happening all the time. If you have a resource in mind that you’d like the ASA to provide, write to us at members@africanstudies.org.

4. Meet Your Congressional Representatives & Make an Impact

Have you ever wanted to tell your congressional representatives how important educational funding is for area studies, the humanities and social sciences? Only members can be awarded the ASA Advocacy Travel Award each year to attend an advocacy workshop and have a day on Capitol Hill.

5. Grow Your Network In-Person and Online

Annual Meeting panels are organized in the program by topic so that you can attend events in your area of specialization. Coordinate organizations also provide specialized spaces for your areas of expertise. Attend one of our many social events at the ASA Annual Meeting to mix and mingle, or use the membership directory within MyASA to contact other members who have opted to share their personal contact information. ASA has a number of Networks, Partner, and Ally Institutions that can help you advance your career.

6. Join A Coordinate Organization or Enjoy the Convenience of Streamlined Memberships

Pay your coordinate organization dues all in one place using your member MyASA profile. Contribute to these specialized organizations and make more out of your time at the annual meeting by connecting with those in your specific area of study. Read more about communities you can get involved with, and how to contact them on our website.

7. Be Supported as an Emerging Scholars, Because You’re the Future of the Field

As a member, you can join the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) of the ASA which is dedicated to meeting the needs of students and recently-graduated scholars. We welcome current graduate students (both masters-level and doctorate-level), recent graduates (including but not limited to those seeking academic jobs), and early-career professionals (those who are still within 5 years of receipt of a terminal degree). Read more about the Emerging Scholars Network on our website.