Why join the CSA?

Membership in the CSA is open to all individuals and institutions that support its general mission:

  • To create and promote an effective community of cultural studies practitioners and scholars;
  • To represent the field and its committed practitioners everywhere; and
  • To advance cultural studies knowledges, projects, approaches, and methodologies throughout the world.

As an individual or institutional member of the CSA, you are part of the nation’s largest network of cultural studies practitioners: scholars, educators, artists, and activists. The CSA provides a number of resources for its members and the field as a whole.

CSA membership is a rolling membership, and based on anniversary.  The membership renewals are due on the anniversary date of the individual joining the association. Membership fees are calculated on a sliding scale. Click on the appropriate link for details.

Individual Benefits

  • Find colleagues and be found in our member directory.
  • Attend/Present at the CSA annual conference and receive reduced registration rates
  • Access to our resources, including our new publication platform/journal Lateral.
  • Apply for travel grants and prizes.

Institutional Benefits

  • Listing your program in our annual conference program and our online member directory.
  • Hosting or sponsoring events at our annual conference.
  • One complimentary full page advertisement for your program or events in the annual conference program. 
  • Two complimentary student conference registrations.
  • One complimentary faculty conference registration.
  • Only $350.00 per year!


Note: CSA membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. In addition, student membership rates may require proof of current student status. 

Where Your Member Dues Go

Your dues allow us to serve our members, especially students, by having them involved in important projects and programs, including the Lateral journal/platform.

In terms of our conference, we intend to build funds to help students defray travel costs.

We also intend to inaugurate summer institutes.

Of course, these projects cost the CSA money and to continue to offer them, we need to ensure a minimum income beyond the conference.

In the end, your dues go back to you: since we are a nonprofit 501c3, any monies we generate will have to go to the association and the conference and, thus, to the membership.