Joining AFS Sections Now Easier–and Free!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Starting in 2014, anyone may freely join the community—real
and virtual—of any and all AFS sections at any time. More than 30 special-interest groups
serve as gathering places and forums within the Society for people with common
interests in the field; joining allows members to locate and contact others
with similar interests, communicate with the group as a whole, and stay
informed of section activities and concerns.
now, AFS staff added members to sections at the time that members paid their
annual section dues; this procedure limited section enrollment and introduced a
delay in connecting members to the group. Now, open enrollment allows you to
connect immediately to any section of interest; see Join AFS Sections to find
you join a section, you will be included in communications from conveners to
section members, and be able to initiate communications with other members.
However, if the group uses other social media tools, like a listserv or
Facebook group, you may need to take additional steps to enter fully into section
conversations; look for instructions on the section page, or contact the
One thing hasn't changed: sections depend on member
support to further work in their fields. Please help support section activities by paying annual section dues.
Sections use dues revenue to produce publications, make awards for papers in
the field, sponsor lectures, performances and receptions, and bring special
guests to the annual meeting. Some section member benefits, like section publications, may still be reserved for dues-paying members.