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  • The following is an extensive, though not all-encompassing, listing of academic groups throughout the United States dedicated to medieval studies. These societies and associations are generally organized by either a regional focus within the US or by a thematic interest in some aspect of the middle ages. All the groups included below maintain a current online presence and actively take part in the scholarly community through conferences, research, and/or publications.

    National Groups

    - The Medieval Academy of America

    The Medieval Academy of America, founded in 1925, is the largest professional organization in the world devoted to medieval studies. Its goal is the support of research, publication, and teaching in medieval art, archaeology, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, social and economic institutions, and all other aspects of the Middle Ages. Any person interested in the Middle Ages is eligible for membership. Since 1926, the Academy has published quarterly volumes of Speculum, the first scholarly journal in North America devoted exclusively to the Middle Ages.

    - Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

    Founded in 1954, the Renaissance Society of America promotes the study of the period 1300–1650. The RSA brings together scholars from many backgrounds in a wide variety of disciplines from North America and around the world. RSA’s over 4,000 members include those at universities and colleges as professors, instructors, and graduate students; at museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions; independent scholars; and many others interested in Renaissance studies. The RSA supports scholarship in a number of ways: The annual meeting, held in the spring, features over 400 sessions in which scholars present and discuss their work; RSA’s journal, Renaissance Quarterly, is published by the University of Chicago Press; RSA supports the publication of scholarly books through its series with Brill; RSA supports new scholarship with research grants, and recognizes scholars and their work in an annual set of awards; and, lastly, Renaissance News and Notes, an electronic newsletter, is published twice a year.

    Regional Groups

    - California Medieval History Seminar

    The California Medieval History Seminar provides peer-review and fosters intellectual exchange, acquainting participants with medieval historical research currently underway in the state. Three times a year, the seminar gathers at the Huntington Library to discuss four research papers (two by faculty members, two by graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients).

    - Delaware Valley Medieval Association (DVMA)

    Established in 1979, the DVMA draws scholars from the tri-state area surrounding Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and including parts of Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. The DVMA is a regional association dedicated to advancing Medieval Studies in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Meetings are held four times a year around our region to provide members with an opportunity to present research and stay connected with other medievalists in the area.

    - Florida MedievaList

    The Florida MedievaList is an organization of medievalists designed to promote teaching, research, and public programs on the Middle Ages in the state of Florida. We include faculty members, graduate students, librarians, and museum professionals, and we welcome anyone with a professional interest in the Middle Ages. We have a listserv and plan to hold meetings every fall and spring. Other initiatives include sponsoring sessions at national conferences, strengthening library resources in Medieval Studies, and expanding course offerings in Medieval Studies throughout the state.

    - Illinois Medieval Association (IMA)

    Since 1983, IMA has promoted medieval studies in Illinois and the Midwest, hosting an annual meeting and publishing proceedings from those meetings in Essays in Medieval Studies (EMS).

    - Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)

    Founded in 1977, members of MAM largely encompass Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. MAM is the leading society for medieval studies in the midwestern United States. Along with its own annual meeting, the society organizes sessions at the International Congress for Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo and the Modern Language Association meeting in the Midwest. MAM also publishes Nuntia (a semiannual newsletter) and Enarratio (a journal of original research on medieval studies).

    - Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP)

    The Medieval Association of the Pacific is an organization of university faculty, students, and independent scholars from around the Pacific Rim, including North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The Association was founded in 1966 and has a distinguished history of supporting interdisciplinary medieval studies through its annual conference and its journal Chronica.

    - Medieval Club of New York

    The Medieval Club of New York was founded to provide a nexus of scholarly exchange on topics related to the study of the medieval period across all disciplines. The Medieval Club of New York offers six annual lectures by scholars and specialists, one of which is a funded lecture, dedicated to the literary scholar Rossell Hope Robbins (1913-1990). The Medieval Club of New York also sponsors paper sessions at the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan; the Medieval Academy of America; and other meetings of learned societies on topics related to events and culture during the medieval period.

    - Mid-America Medieval Association (MAMA)

    Founded in 1977, members of MAMA hail largely from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa. 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" Kay. 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 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 Jim Falls Paper Prize is awarded to the best graduate student paper.

    - Mid-Hudson Medieval Circle

    The group meets once a year in the early fall for papers and lunch. The program is based on a theme, which is often proposed at the previous meeting. Notice of the meeting is sent to appropriate departments between New York City and Albany. There are approximately 30 members, mostly from mid-Hudson Valley colleges and universities. Email the Coordinator Christine M. Reno for more information: reno@vassar.edu

    - Midwest Medieval History Conference (MMHC)

    Founded in 1962, the MMHC has no dues or formal membership. It is an ad hoc group existing primarily to hold annual meetings which move among various host institutions in the Midwest each fall. Most members are historians, but welcome papers from other disciplines.

    - New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies

    The Conference is a biennial event covering all aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Conference is generally held on the second weekend of March in even years (that is, 2012, 2014, 2016), although we occasionally adjust the date to avoiding overlap with other spring conferences such as the Medieval Academy, the RSA, and the Shakespeare Association.

    - New England Medieval Conference (NEMC)

    Founded in 1974, the New England Medieval Conference (NEMC) aims to sponsor an interdisciplinary conference in medieval studies at varying New England institutions each year. By doing so it fosters a sense of professional colleagiality among medievalists in the region.

    - Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA)

    The Rocky Mountain Medieval & Renaissance Association is a nonprofit, academic organization dedicated to the advancement of learning in the fields of Medieval and Renaissance studies. The Association especially promotes the interchange of ideas among various fields of specialization with bearing on these periods, such as literature, history, philosophy, religion, art, music, architecture, sociology, anthropology, and so on. The Association advances these purposes through sponsoring an annual conference, publishing a peer-reviewed journal, and cooperating with other relevant academic organizations. Membership in the RMMRA is open to anyone interested in these endeavors and is attained through the payment of annual dues. Though focused in the Intermountain region of western North America, the Association has members from many areas of the US, Canada, and other parts of the world.

    - Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA)

    The mission of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) is to promote the study and enjoyment of the Middle Ages by students at every level of expertise. Professional and independent scholars from various branches of medieval studies–history, arts, science, philosophy, archaeology, paleography, theology, language, and literatures–make the Association’s annual meeting a forum for scholarly and pedagogical growth within those disciplines as well as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. Members publish their research in the Association’s refereed journal, Medieval Perspectives. The SEMA Executive Council is comprised of representatives from various fields of medieval studies and from the ranks of graduate students members.

    - Renaissance Conference of Southern California (RCSC)

    The Renaissance Conference of Southern California (RCSC) is a scholarly association dedicated to the advancement of learning in Renaissance Studies. Since 1956, the RCSC has sponsored and organized conferences at centers of learning in Southern California. Our conference brings together academics, students, and independent scholars whose interests include the history, literature, visual arts, architecture, music, theater, religion, science, and languages of Renaissance Europe. The RCSC is an affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America.

    - TEMA: Texas Medieval Association

    The Texas Medieval Association (also known as TEMA) is an organization for medieval studies in Texas. Since 1986, it has served medievalists not only throughout the state of Texas, but also nationally and internationally through its conferences and publications. A regional affiliate of the Medieval Academy of America, the Association holds an annual conference each fall somewhere in the state of Texas. TEMA also sponsors sessions each May at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as each July at the International Medieval Conference in Leeds, England.

    Thematic Groups

    - American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS)

    The American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS) brings together scholars whose research focuses on the lands and peoples of the Iberian peninsula and associated territories from the period spanning roughly 400 to 1500 CE. Founded in 1974, AARHMS is committed to improving communication among medieval Hispanists in the Americas, Europe, and beyond. Membership is open to scholars of any relevant discipline, inside and outside the academy, and at any career stage, from undergraduate to emeritus.

    - American Boccaccio Association (ABA)

    The American Boccaccio Association, founded in 1974, is a non-profit scholarly organization dedicated to the promotion of the study and teaching of Giovanni Boccaccio’s life and works. The ABA sponsors sessions on Boccaccio at major conferences, including those of the AAIS, the ICMS in Kalamazoo, the MLA and the Renaissance Society of America, of which it is an official affilitated organization.

    - American Cusanus Society (ACS)

    The ACS, founded in 1983, promotes the study of Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), one of the most illustrious figures of the fifteenth century. Trained as a canonist, he first made his mark in political thought. Later, Nicholas became a papal envoy, a cardinal and an original speculative thinker.

    - American Society of Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS)

    The American Society of Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS) provides a platform for fostering and publicizing the work of scholars around the world who believe that medieval Ireland is essential for understanding the medieval world at large. Its mission is to develop Irish medieval studies as an academic discipline in North America and foster innovative trans-Atlantic collaborations.

    - AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art

    Since 1984, AVISTA has been uniting medievalists interested in architecture, machines, design, numismatics, and much more so that we can interact and develop the fields of medieval technology, science, and art. If you are a fan of books like The Medieval Machine, The Cathedral Builders, or Medieval Technology and Social Change, then AVISTA is for you. The annual meeting takes place at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo each May, where they sponsor up to a half dozen sessions on various themes. AVISTA also sponsors a series of publications with Ashgate Press and additional conference sessions and special events related to its members’ research interests.

    - Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA)

    The Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Inc. (BSANA) was formed in 2006. It is composed of three parts: the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies (USNCBS), the Canadian Committee of Byzantinists (CCB), and the Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC). USNCBS and CCB are both entities within the International Association of Byzantine Studies (AIEB, an acronym formed from its French name). The AIEB, founded in 1948, is responsible for the international Byzantine Congress held every five years. The Byzantine Studies Conference was founded in 1975. It is a venue for the presentation and discussion of papers embodying current research on all aspects of Byzantine history and culture. The BSC meets in October or November in a different city every year. Approximately 75 papers are presented and discussed in a relaxed but professional atmosphere. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend and may compete for prizes for the best papers. The BSC is also the occasion for the annual BSANA business meeting. BSANA is incorporated in the state of Florida.

    - Dante Society of America (DSA)

    Devoted to the study of Dante in North America. Note: Official website is down as of July 30, 2014. Please see the Electronic Bulletin of the DSA instead: http://www.princeton.edu/ dante/

    - De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History (DRM)
    See also Medieval England, Societies

    De Re Militari, begun in 1992, is the Society for the Study of Medieval Military History. DRM is the principle online source for scholarly information about warfare in the Middle Ages. Every year, DRM sponsors lectures at the International Congress for Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI), the International Medieval Congress (Leeds, UK), and the Society for Military History (peripatetic). Since 2003, DRM has also published the annual Journal of Medieval Military History (JMMH), published by Boydell & Brewer, which members receive at a substantial discount off the list price.

    - DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion)

    DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion) was founded in 1997 by Gale R. Owen-Crocker and Robin Netherton to bring together participants at the major medieval congresses who are interested in medieval dress and textiles. DISTAFF sponsors sessions and exhibitions on dress and textiles at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May, and at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, England, in July.

    - The Early Medieval Forum (EMF)

    The Early Medieval Forum is an association of scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences whose work focuses on Europe and the Mediterranean ca. 500-1200 C.E. The EMF seeks to increase awareness of recent and ongoing research in early medieval studies and to facilitate contacts and the exchange of information among those interested in the field. In addition to this page, the association operates a listserv through which early medievalists raise topics for discussion, seek assistance with research queries, and announce forthcoming lectures, conferences, and colloquia, recent publications, and other events of interest.

    - Early Middle English Society (EMES)

    The Early Middle English Society (EMES) seeks to promote the study and scholarly discussion of English literary and cultural production from the Norman Conquest to the mid-fourteenth century, especially in relation to the two areas that book-end ours: the Anglo-Saxon period and the Middle English period after the plague. The society has organized sessions at major conferences since 2006. Its Governing Board is also the Editorial Board of Archive of Early Middle English, the Society’s publication project.

    - Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages (ENFORMA)

    Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages (ENFORMA) is a virtual network of historians working on environmental history in medieval times. The network is open to anyone interested in this research and teaching field.

    - EPISCOPUS: Society for the Study of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Middle Ages

    Established in 2004, EPISCOPUS is an interdisciplinary, scholarly society devoted to fostering the exchange of information and research about the medieval episcopate and secular clergy. The EPISCOPUS website exists to put scholars in touch with one another, to publish translated texts concerning medieval bishops for use by students and scholars, and to announce upcoming academic conferences of potential interest to members. They charge no dues or fees, and invite you to add your name to the directory and contribute information to the pages devoted to member publications, texts, and news. They will be updating the information regularly, and invite members to check the accuracy of our directory information. EPISCOPUS scholars and non-academic members are interested in the role of bishops and secular clergy in medieval society. The Society currently charges no dues, and is open to anyone interested in its subject matter.

    - Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

    Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Because of the explosion of research in Women’s Studies during the past two decades, scholars and students interested in women during the Middle Ages find an ever-growing flood of publications. Identifying relevant works in this mass of material is further complicated by the interdisciplinary nature of much of the scholarship. In order to help researchers find current articles and essays quickly and easily, librarians and scholars began compiling the Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index in July 1996. Books written by a single author are not indexed in Feminae.

    - Hagiography Society

    The Hagiography Society was founded in North America in 1990 to promote communication among scholars in various disciplines whose research involves the study of early Christian or medieval saints’ legends. By December 1995 the mailing list had grown to include nearly 500 scholars, over 100 of them from Europe and the U.K. and most of the rest from the U.S. and Canada. They include saints’ cults from Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages through early modernity and welcome scholars of other traditions besides Western Christianity. Each year the Society publishes two or three issues of its newsletter, plus an annual directory of researchers in hagiography and related fields, which includes bibliographical information on recent publications and a list of works in progress as well as the researchers’ contact information. Besides issuing these publications, the Society holds an annual business meeting and organizes three or four paper sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, each May.

    - Charles Homer Haskins Society

    The Haskins Society is an international scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history of the early and central Middle Ages, with special emphases on Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, and early Angevin history as well as the many other fields encompassed by the scholarly interests of the American medievalist, Charles Homer Haskins (1870-1937). These traditional fields of interest have expanded over the years via the scholarship of its members, and the Society welcomes new contributions in all related fields. The Society holds its own conference annually in the late Fall at institutions throughout the US. The Society publishes an annual journal, The Haskins Society Journal, with Boydell & Brewer, Ltd. and sponsors the Bethell Prize, an annual essay prize for the best submission during the calendar year by a junior scholar.

    - International Arthurian Society, North American Branch (IAS/NAB)

    Membership in the International Arthurian Society is open to all persons interested in the study of the Arthurian realm in literature, history, art, film, and popular culture. The North American Branch has approximately 135 library subscribers and 280 individual members, including professional academics, students, and non-academics with an interest in the Arthurian tradition. As of December 2012, approximately 80% of all members lived in the United States, 15% in Canada, 2% in other countries in North and South America, and 3% in other countries throughout the world. The Society publishes annually the Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society (BBIAS), which contain notices of scholarly books, articles, and reviews on Arthurian subjects that have appeared during the preceding year as well as original articles, a news section, and a list of the members of the Society with their addresses. The bibliography will soon move to an online format, currently projected for the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014. Members of the North American Branch also receive four issues annually of Arthuriana. News of the North American Branch (“The Round Table”) appears twice a year in Arthuriana.

    - The International Boethius Society

    The International Boethius Society is a non-profit organization promoting scholarship on all aspects of the work, influence, and age of Boethius. The Society publishes an annual, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, Carmina Philosophiae, which is edited by Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. (Troy University) and Philip Edward Phillips (Middle Tennessee State University) and produced at Middle Tennessee State University with the support of the Department of English and the University Honors College. The Society also maintains an online Newsletter, which is edited by Kenneth C. Hawley (Lubbock Christian University).

    - International Courtly Literature Society – North American Branch

    The object of the Society is to promote the study and criticism of the literature of courts and court-oriented cultures, particularly the medieval literature of Western Europe. The NAB shall actively encourage the involvement of those from all academic disciplines concerned with the study and teaching of courtly literature.

    - The International Joan of Arc Society / Société Internationale de l’étude de Jeanne d’Arc

    The International Joan of Arc Society is a web repository of scholarly and pedagogic information about Joan of Arc collected by faculty, independent scholars, and students.

    - The International Machaut Society

    The IMS, founded in 1985, is devoted to the study, criticism, performance, research, and exchange of ideas related to all aspects of the works of the poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) and their manuscript and performance traditions.

    - International Marie de France Society (IMFS)

    The International Marie de France Society (IMFS) was founded during the seventh triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, which was held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from July 26 to August 1, 1992. Its mission is to establish friendly and productive exhanges between faculty, independent scholars, and students interested in Marie de France and the anonymous lays.

    - International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS)

    The IMSSS promotes and fosters the study of medieval sermons and preaching in Latin and the vernacular languages within their social, literary, religious, intellectual, theological, catechetical, political and historical contexts. The Society also promotes and fosters the study of various artes praedicandi, and theories of preaching derived from them, as well as material used by sermon writers (e.g., Florilegia, commentaries, etc.).

    - International Piers Plowman Society (IPPS)
    See also Medieval England, Fourteenth-Century Authors

    The International Piers Plowman Society (IPPS) was formed at the 2nd International Langland Conference held in Asheville, North Carolina in 1999. IPPS oversees publication of The Yearbook of Langland Studies (YLS), sponsors sessions at the International Congresses at Kalamazoo, MI and Leeds, UK; organizes international conferences on Piers Plowman; and maintains this website, which includes information on these activities and a searchable database of the annual annotated bibliographies published in YLS.

    - The International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS)

    The ISAS is the organization of record for the field of Anglo-Saxon Studies. ISAS currently has over 600 active members from 20 different countries, ranging from graduate students just starting their careers to the most established, experienced and respected scholars in the field. ISAS’s work currently includes mounting our biennial conference, running graduate workshops, awarding publication prizes, sponsoring "New Voices" sessions at Kalamazoo and Leeds for young scholars in the field, maintaining the ISAS list-serv and on-line membership directory as a central basis of communication for active members in the field, and working to support affiliated organizations such as the Old English Newsletter, Anglo-Saxon England, and the Lynn Grundy Memorial Trust.

    - International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies (ISHBS)

    Founded in 1983 by Professor Bruce Hozeski of Ball State University, The Interntational Society of Hldegard von Bingen Studies is comprised of scholars and enthusiasts interested in the promotion of the twelfth-century magistra, visionary, theologian, composer, healer, artist, leader of women, Saint and Doctor of the Church. The purpose of the society is to promote study, criticism, research, and exchange of ideas related to all aspects of Hildegard von Bingen’s work. Methods of achieving this purpose include but are not limited to: scholarly exchanges via open peer review, inter-institutional cooperation, annual meetings, participation in conferences, the publication of a newsletter, and the endorsement of other publications relating to Hildegard von Bingen studies. In particular, the Society is working to make high-quality resources for the study and appreciation of Hildegard available electronically here on its website, including a brand-new edition of the collection of her musical compositions, the Symphonia. Qualelibet is the Society’s bi-annual newsletter, which features articles touching on all aspects of Hildegard’s life & reception. As the ISHBS is an inclusive organization intended to promote dialogue among scholars and enthusiasts, Qualelibet welcomes studies from all perspectives and methodologies to explore the life and works of Hildegard and related subjects.

    - John Gower Society (JGS)
    See also Medieval England, Fourteenth-Century Authors

    The John Gower Society (JGS) is dedicated to the study of the fourteenth-century poet John Gower. The Society promotes and encourages this study in several ways: The society publishes the John Gower Newsletter (JGN) twice annually, in April and October. JGN includes reviews of books and articles related to Gower studies, announcements about upcoming meetings, conference sessions and papers, and recent publications. JGS also organizes and supports scholarly activities, including sessions at academic conferences. It provides forums for Gower scholars to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and disseminate their research to other scholars and to the general global community. Lastly, JGS seeks to promote the study of Gower’s works at all educational levels by posting pedagogical resources, materials, and ideas for teachers at all levels.

    - The Lollard Society
    See also Medieval England, Societies

    The Lollard Society is an international academic society devoted to the study of later medieval religious culture, language, and literature, especially in England and the works of John Wyclif.

    - Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages

    Medica’s purpose is to establish and maintain a friendly network of scholars interested in the varieties of healing in the Middle Ages. Please also see their blog: http://medicasociety.blogspot.com.

    - Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MDRS)

    The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society is an academic association of scholars and other persons interested in medieval and Renaissance drama whose activities include organizing annual meetings, sponsoring long-range research projects, and publishing material of interest to the Society, including the journal ROMARD—Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama.

    - Medieval Chronicle Society

    The Medieval Chronicle Society is an international and interdisciplinary organisation founded to facilitate the work of scholars interested in medieval chronicles, or more generally medieval historiography. The history of the society began with a series of triennial conferences initially in Utrecht, but later moving from place to place. These early conferences were hosted by Erik Kooper (English studies, Utrecht). It was at the second of these conferences, in 1999, that the society was formally founded.

    - Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization (MEMO)

    The Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization (MEMO) was officially founded in May, 2002 at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan). Membership is currently free. Scholars, students, artists, gamers, computer programers, filmmakers, musicians, and just about anyone else are welcome to join. MEMO hopes to progress towards exploring electronic medievalism.

    - Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application (MEARCSTAPA)

    MEARCSTAPA is an organization committed to the scholarly examination of monstrosity as an area of social and cultural interest to past and present societies. Our inter/trans/post/pre-disciplinary approach allows us to explore the significance of monstrosity across cultural, temporal, and geographic boundaries. We are interested in a multivalent approach using materials on monsters and monstrosity from literary, artistic, philosophical, and historical sources.

    - The New Chaucer Society
    See also Medieval England, Geoffrey Chaucer

    The purpose of the New Chaucer Society is to provide a forum for teachers and scholars of Geoffrey Chaucer and his age. To advance such study, the Society organizes biennial international congresses of Chaucerians, publishes the annual Studies in the Age of Chaucer and a semiannual newsletter, and supports such important projects as the Annotated Chaucer Bibliography. Participation in NCS congresses is restricted to active members of the Society. Membership in the New Chaucer Society is open to all persons interested in the study of Chaucer and his age. Members receive subscriptions to Studies in the Age of Chaucer and the newsletter.

    - New England Saga Society (NESS)

    The New England Saga Society (NESS) was founded in 2003 at the University of Connecticut. The Society is dedicated to facilitating the study of Old Norse literature and culture in the United States. NESS traditionally sponsors sessions at local conferences and the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies held at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo every spring. Membership and participation are free and open to all who share our fascination with the culture of the northern world in the middle ages.

    - Renaissance English Text Society (RETS)

    The Renaissance English Text Society was founded in 1965 by a group of distinguished textual editors in the United States who sought to publish scarce literary texts, chiefly nondramatic, of the period 1475-1660.

    - Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the Middle Ages (SCGMA)

    The Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the “Middle Ages” (SCGMA) Group has been collaborating with SEASR, I-CHASS, the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, and the Communications Department at the University of California-San Diego since May 2007 to develop a new interdisciplinary scholarly community for globalizing the study of the “Middle Ages”( 500-1500 C.E.) SCGMA has been actively working to create an online infrastructure to support the organization of, and research with, sources in diverse formats and languages available from multiple scholarly disciplines in order to organize large quantities of textual, visual, and aural resources. SCGMA is intended to become a multi-university, multi-nation, disaggregated yet well-coordinated organization spearheading numerous scholarly projects that will challenge the Euro-centrism associated with studying the “Middle Ages.” Note: There is currently no dedicated website to this project as of July 30, 2014.

    - Societas Magica

    The Societas Magica is an organization dedicated to furthering communication and exchange among scholars interested in the study of magic, both in the positive contexts of its expression as an area of necessary knowledge or religious practice (as in early modern occultism and contemporary paganism), and in its negative contexts as the substance of an accusation or condemnation (as in sorcery trials, and many philosophical and theological accounts, both early and late). The interests of our membership include, but are not limited to, the history and sociology of magic; theological, and intellectual apprehensions of magic; practices and theories of magic; and objects, artifacts and texts either qualified as magical by their creators, or forming the substance of an accusation of magic by others.

    - Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

    SMFS promotes the study of the Patristic Age, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern era from the perspective of gender studies, women’s studies, and feminist studies. It actively promotes and supports interdisciplinary exchanges at all levels of higher education across the world. Members represent every continent and every academic discipline within the arts & humanities. Membership in the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship is open to all those who are interested in feminist issues in medieval and Renaissance studies. Members pay annual dues and receive twice yearly a copy of the Society’s journal, The Medieval Feminist Forum (MFF).

    - Society for Medieval Germanic Studies (SMGS)

    The Society for Medieval Germanic Studies is dedicated to the research and study of Germanic culture in the middle ages.

    - Society for Reformation Research (SRR)

    Founded in 1947, the Society for Reformation Research (SRR) is a North-American scholarly organization with a long and distinguished record of promoting research, writing, and dialogue on all aspects related to the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and other aspects of religious life in the early modern era. The SRR currently sponsors a variety of sessions each year at both the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Together with the Verein für Reformationsgeschichte, the SRR sponsors the Archive for Reformation History, a long-established and lively journal dedicated to the study of religion and society in the early modern era.

    - Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

    The Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages is a community of scholars and enthusiasts organized to promote and foster scholarship on and teaching and discussion of representations of the medieval in post-medieval popular culture and mass media. Encompassing material produced from the close of the Middle Ages to today, these medievalisms can be categorized as survivals, revivals, or re-creations of the medieval in post-medieval eras.

    - The Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages

    The Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages was formed to promote medieval biblical studies. Note: Website as of July 30, 2014 will not load.

    - Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE)

    The primary function of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East is to enable members to learn about current work being done in the field of crusading history, and to contact members who share research interests through the information in the Society’s Bulletin.

    Jeff HARTMAN, 30 July 2014 | 1 November 2010
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