The new year has begun, and it is time to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy of America for 2020. You must be a member in good standing to apply for grants and fellowships given out by the Academy, to speak at the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting, or to participate in its governance. Membership brings other benefits, such as:
– a subscription to Speculum, our quarterly journal
– online access to the entire Speculum archive
– access to our online member directory
– publication and database discounts through our website
Other memberships perquisites are listed here.
You can easily pay your dues and/or make a donation through the MAA website where, after you sign into your account, you can also adjust your membership category if necessary. Please consider supplementing your membership by becoming a Contributing or Sustaining member or by making a tax-deductible donation as part of your end-of-year giving. Your gift helps subsidize lower membership rates for student, contingent, and unaffiliated medievalists and also supports our grant-making programs. In order to make membership more affordable for those in financially precarious circumstances, we have recently revised our dues structure.
You may also wish to remember the Academy with a bequest as a member of our Legacy Society (for more information, please contact the Executive Director).
With your help, the Academy increased its support of members in 2019, especially student, independent, and contingent scholars, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. We have recently implemented programming in support of medievalists of color and of medievalists working in various professional contexts, and we are working to improve the representation of the Middle Ages in K-12 classrooms. As we work towards a more expansive Middle Ages, we are also working to build a more inclusive Medieval Studies. We sincerely hope that you will renew your valued membership in the Academy as we continue this work in 2020.
When you renew, please take a few minutes to update your profile page so that members with similar interests can find you, and you can find them. You can also check a box to indicate your interest in serving on a Medieval Academy committee or reviewing for Speculum. Your profile page now includes an option to indicate gender and racial/ethnic identity. This information will not be visible to other members, but it will help the Academy immensely as we strive to increase our understanding of member demographics and work to improve diversity and inclusivity in Medieval Studies. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact us (email@example.com) for assistance.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you in 2020 and hope to see you at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy at UC Berkeley (26-28 March).
Ruth Mazo Karras, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director
p.s. if you have already renewed, please ignore this message and accept our thanks!