The 78 learned societies that are members of ACLS are national or international organizations in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Each society is concerned with a distinct field of study, but all are involved in the promotion of research, scholarly publication, and education. Learned societies have been vitally important in setting standards of excellence in research, writing, and education.
Most learned societies are independent, not-for-profit organizations. They function as the professional organization for their members, serving as a forum to discuss matters of interest to their constituents and set professional and scholarly standards. Accordingly, many societies are involved not only in intellectual concerns relevant to the disciplines or areas of study they represent but also in such issues as employment, professional ethics, and scholarly communication.
Learned societies are dedicated to publishing work in their disciplines or areas of study. They hold regular conferences, events, and webinars at which members present and discuss their current research. Societies publish newsletters, magazines, blogs, and academic journals. These journals usually operate under the system of peer review. Through this process, scholars collectively help establish a reliable body of research and knowledge. In addition, learned societies often award prizes for scholarship in their field of expertise.
The executive directors of ACLS Member Societies meet as the Conference of Executive Officers. The CEO comes together semi-annually to address concerns common to all in the community of humanistic scholars, particularly those issues related to maintaining and improving conditions for research, education, and communication among the scholars.
Learn more about applying for ACLS society membership in our FAQ and in the ACLS Policy Statement on Admission of New Constituent Societies.
All 78 ACLS Member Societies are linked to their profile below: