ACLS Welcomes the Austrian Studies Association (ASA) to Constituent Membership


We are pleased to announce that the Austrian Studies Association (ASA) has joined ACLS as our 75th member society.  The ASA was admitted by vote of the Council at the ACLS 2017 Annual Meeting.

On learning of their acceptance, Craig Decker, president of ASA, said, "the Austrian Studies Association has long admired the contributions of the American Council of Learned Societies to intellectual life in North America. It is thus with special pleasure that we learn of our acceptance as a member society in the organization, and we look forward to working with other member societies and ACLS leadership to help shape and strengthen future scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences."

The ASA, founded in 1961 as the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association, is an interdisciplinary organization that welcomes all eras and disciplines of Austrian studies at its conferences and in its journal, including scholarship on the cultures of Austria's earlier political forms (the Holy Roman Empire, the Austrian Empire, and Austria-Hungary) and scholarship that acknowledges this region's historical multiethnic, multilingual, and transcultural identities and their legacies in the present. Anyone interested in modern Austrian studies, broadly defined, is encouraged to become a member and support the Association's work.

The association publishes a quarterly scholarly journal, the Journal of Austrian Studies, and holds an annual spring conference organized around a particular theme. Its other activities include organizing scholarly panels for the annual conventions of the Modern Language Association and for other national and international conferences. 

Full information on the ASA and its activities is available at

The 75 member learned societies of ACLS are national or international organizations in the humanities and related social sciences. While each society is concerned with a distinct field of study, all are involved in the promotion of research, scholarly communication, and education. Member societies are listed at with links to society profiles.

Societies are considered for admission based on the society’s ability to make a “substantial, distinctive, and distinguished contribution” to the ACLS mission of advancing humanistic scholarship. For more information about joining ACLS, visit