International Center of Medieval Art, a world-wide organization dedicated to the study of medieval art and culture. Founded in 1956 in Paris and housed since 1964 in New York, the ICMA has members in twenty countries worldwide. Its international membership of academics, museum professionals, collectors, and enthusiasts of the art of the Middle Ages is vital to its mission. Membership brings personal rewards: ICMA members receive Gesta, the premier scholarly journal for the history of medieval art (two issues annually). Members receive the ICMA Newsletter, which delivers timely information about current issues and events in the world of medieval art (three issues annually). To join, click here.

Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections (AMARC) promotes the accessibility, preservation, and study of medieval and later manuscripts and archives in libraries and other research collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It brings together curators, researchers and all who share a scholarly interest in this field. Membership is open to all. In practical terms, membership brings two benefits: reduced-rate attendance at its meetings, held usually three times per year (which often involve privileged access to manuscript collections), and the twice-yearly Newsletter. The AMARC Newsletter contains listings of worldwide exhibitions and conferences, and UK lectures and seminars; it also includes a substantial bibliography of recent publications, recent acquisitions by libraries and museums, information about recent and forthcoming auction and dealer catalogs, and a list of useful websites. (Two sample recent issues of the Newsletter can be downloaded as PDF files from the AMARC website). In addition, members may apply for modest funding in support of their research, if it brings AMARC and its activities to a wider audience and supports the stated aims of AMARC. For further details, visit

Biblia Porta is now available on CD from the Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire in Lausanne, for the extremely reasonable price of 6 Swiss Francs. To order, please contact Danielle Mincio, Vice-présidente, at

Early Book Society. Founded in 1987, the society was formed to bring together those who are interested in all aspects of the study of manuscripts and early printed books. EBS now has 425 members in the United States, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, and the Europe. Membership brings announcements of EBS activities, including a biennial conference; a list of members and subscription to the Journal of the Early Book Society (JEBS), both published annually; pre-publication discounts on books of interest to members; and access to the EBS chatline. In addition, the EBS Newsletter is published twice yearly on our web site. For information about membership or any kind of contribution to JEBS contact: Martha Driver, Early Book Society, Department of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038; email, web

Early Medieval Forum. This is an association of scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences whose work focuses on Europe and the Mediterranean ca. 500-1200 CE. 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 a web 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, as well as recent publications and other events of interest. For more information, visit http://www.TCNJ.EDU/~chazelle/emf.html.

The International Medieval Society, Paris. Each year, a great number of academics come to Paris to conduct research in a field of medieval studies. Because most operate independently, precious time is wasted in simple orientation to the different institutions and in gaining access to specialized research locations. The primary goal of the International Medieval Society is to optimize the academic research experience by providing information and assisting with access to the wide range of opportunities offered to medievalists in Paris and in France. By facilitating communication among independent researchers and the different French institutions or academics through monthly meetings and presentations, as well as occasional visits, the Society aims not only to streamline the research process, but also, more importantly, to improve academic exchange and promote interdisciplinary and international scholarship. For more information, email Meredith Cohen or Danielle Johnson at; web

The Society for Medieval Archaeology. This society exists to further the study of the period from the fifth to the sixteenth century CE. It does so by publishing Medieval Archaeology, an annual journal of international standing, an annual report on fieldwork in the British Isles, and a biannual newsletter, as well as by other means such as regular meetings, lectures, and conferences. While maintaining a special concern for the medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland, the society also seeks to support and advance the international study of the period (as broadly defined above) in Europe. In addition, it aims to coordinate the work of archaeologists with that of historians and scholars in any other discipline relevant to this field. For other information, visit

International Society for the Study of Pilgrimage Art. This society was founded in 2000 to bring together scholars who explore the art and architecture of pilgrimage in the late Middle Ages. We wish to provide a forum for themes and topics related to that subject, and to share current research. It is our hope to reconstruct more fully the sites in Europe which were goals for those who journeyed in pursuit of experience of the sacred, as it was mediated by works of art created for the cults of saints who were venerated in various regional centers. The artistic expressions which were created to give form to the cults are the objects of our investigation. The Society publishes Peregrinations. For more information, contact: Sarah Blick, Art History, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 43022 USA; tel (740) 427-5347, e-mail

Vernacular Architecture Group. This group was formed in 1952 to further the study of traditional buildings, originally those of the British Isles. In recent years, its membership and publications have also reflected a growing interest in buildings from other parts of the world. Members are involved in all aspects of the recording and study of vernacular buildings including houses, farms, industrial and urban buildings. VAG sponsors both a Spring and a Winter Conference annually; publishes a refereed journal Vernacular Architecture ranging over the whole field, as well as newsletters and bibliographies; and maintains a library of off-prints for circulation to members. For more information, visit